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Strong Storms Will Make it Into Alabama

| 6:13 pm February 1, 2015

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As expected, storms have intensified late this afternoon over Central and southwestern Mississippi ahead of a strong cold front, triggering severe thunderstorm warnings.

At 5:22 p.m., winds gusted to 68 mph at Jackson’s Hawkins Field. Winds have gusted to 48 mph at Jackson International Airport. Trees have been reported downed in Edwards and Raymond as well.

Half inch hail was reported at Fairhaven in Madison County north of Jackson.

A tree was reported down in Vicksburg at 4:35 p.m.

There is not much instability (less than 500 j/kg) and low level lapse rates are weak, but there is quite a bit of wind shear and the updrafts that the atmosphere is managing to send up are bringing it to the surface in spots.

There is a strong indication of damaging winds over Leake County as a bowing structure moves toward Neshoba County and Philadelphia. There is probably some small hail in that storm as well.

The storms will weaken as they move into Alabama, but could remain strong into parts of Lamar, Fayette, Tuscaloosa, Greene, Hale, Bibb and Sumter Counties and points south, generally south of a line from Fayette to Brent to Selma. We probably will see a couple of warnings in this area.

The storms will reach West Alabama on the following time schedule:
…Pickens County before 7 p.m.
…Sumter County before 7:30 p.m.

They will reach Tuscaloosa by 9 p.m. and Birmingham by 10 p.m.

North and North Central Alabama groundhogs may not see their shadow in the morning, but they might be so terrified by snow flurries that they scurry back into their comfy dens. Snow flurries will be possible before 6 a.m. in places north of US-82 and west of I-65 and before 9 a.m. in places east of I-65 and north of I-20.

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.