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Storms Weakening, Still Packing a Punch

| 12:29 am January 26, 2015

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Our line of strong storms is weakening now. It extends from Pell City to Harpersville to Columbiana.

Winds gusted to 31 mph at the Shelby County Airport in Calera.

More severe thunderstorm warnings will not be issued unless the storms re-intensify.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Parts of Shelby, Bibb, Hale and St. Clair Counties

| 5:58 pm January 25, 2015

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The strong line of storms advancing across Central Alabama tonight is producing reports of wind damage, including downed trees and power lines.

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Be in a safe place as these strong storms approach your area.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 700 PM CST

* AT 555 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
GARDENDALE TO MOUNDVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HELENA…BRENT…CENTREVILLE…PELHAM…ODENVILLE…MOODY…
ALABASTER AND CHELSEA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 228 THROUGH 247…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 144 THROUGH 158…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBER 148…

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jefferson/Tuscaloosa Counties

| 5:49 pm January 25, 2015

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A line of strong thunderstorms moving across Central Alabama is producing strong wind gusts that have caused damage. There are reports of trees down and power outages along the line.

Trees have been reported down in Brookwood and Duncanville.

Winds gusted to 59 mph at the Tuscaloosa Airport.

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The storms are tapping strong winds aloft and a very cold airmass to produce the strong winds.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
EASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 630 PM CST

* AT 548 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 6
MILES NORTHWEST OF SYLVAN SPRINGS TO MCFARLAND MALL…AND MOVING
EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HUEYTOWN…FAIRFIELD…FULTONDALE…GARDENDALE…BESSEMER…
BIRMINGHAM…HOMEWOOD AND VESTAVIA HILLS.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 250 THROUGH 272…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 33…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 81 THROUGH 91…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 62 THROUGH 140…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143…

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lowndes County until 9:15PM

| 8:25 pm January 3, 2015

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTH CENTRAL LOWNDES COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 915 PM CST

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* AT 822 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MOSSES…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT
30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LOWNDESBORO AND MANACK.

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

INTENSE SQUALL LINES CAN OCCASIONALLY PRODUCE BRIEF TORNADOES IN
ADDITION TO WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WIND DAMAGE. ALTHOUGH NOT
IMMEDIATELY LIKELY…FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON
THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. THIS STORM HAS THE
POTENTIAL TO CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY AND SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

Storms Push East; Not Severe At This Time

| 7:16 pm January 3, 2015

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Our line of thunderstorms continues pushing east tonight, running into more stable conditions as the atmosphere cools.

It extends from Arab to west of Oneonta to the Birmingham Metro to Brent and on to Marion.

It is pushing east at 20 mph.

Be prepared for torrential rains, gusty winds and intense lightning as it moves east.

There is a tornado watch in effect until 8 p.m. for areas ahead of the line. There is still a chance that a storm could flare up to become severe, but the threat is lessening.

We will continue to monitor.

Storms Weaken Somewhat, But Still Packing a Punch

| 6:50 pm January 3, 2015

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Our line of storms has weakened a bit, as expected, as he are losing the heating of the day.

It not extends along I-65 south from Dodge City to Birmingham, then curving down I-59/20 to near Lake View. It then extends on south of the interstate to near Greensboro and Demopolis.

The storms are still packing a punch with gusty winds and torrential rains as well as intense lightning. Be in a safe place as they approach. Try to avoid driving during the peak of the storms.

There is still a chance that the storms could flare up and become severe, especially the further south you go.

A tornado watch continues until 8 p.m. for areas ahead of the storms. We will be monitoring whether the watch will be extended or not.

Flash Flood Warning Greene/Pickens/Sumter until 9PM

| 6:12 pm January 3, 2015

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 900 PM CST

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* AT 610 PM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.
RADAR ESTIMATES 3 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS OCCURRED IN THE WARNING
AREA WITH AN ADDITIONAL INCH OR SO OF RAIN POSSIBLE IN AN ALREADY
SATURATED AREA ACROSS WESTERN ALABAMA.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ALICEVILLE…CARROLLTON…CUBA…EUTAW…GORDO…LIVINGSTON…
PICKENSVILLE…REFORM…YORK…ALLISON…BENEVOLA…BEVILL LOCK AND
DAM…BLUFFPORT…BOLIGEE…BOYD…EMELLE…EPES…ETHELSVILLE…
FORKLAND…GAINESVILLE…GARDEN…JENA…KNOXVILLE…MANTUA…
MCMULLEN…NEW WEST GREENE…PANOLA…THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST
ALABAMA…THORNHILL AND TISHABEE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS
WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY
ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY…
COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND
OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

Four Counties Cleared from Tornado Watch

| 6:12 pm January 3, 2015

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The following counties have been cleared from the tornado watch: Fayette, Lamar, Marion and Pickens.

The tornado watch continues for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Counties.