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Radar Confirmed Tornado in Pickens County

| 11:10 pm February 2, 2016

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The NWS has issued a tornado warning for Pickens [AL] till 11:30 PM CST

…AT 1104 PM CST…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR ETHELSVILLE…OR 7 MILES WEST OF REFORM… MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

Tornado Warning for Perry County

| 10:39 pm February 2, 2016

Radar indicates a possible tornado east of Marion.

It is moving NE at 45 mph.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1130 PM CST

* AT 1038 PM CST…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED 8 MILES EAST OF MARION…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45
MPH.

HAZARD…TORNADO.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT…FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
DAMAGE TO ROOFS…WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
OAKMULGEE…SUTTLE AND RADFORD.

New Tornado Watch Until 4 a.m.

| 10:02 pm February 2, 2016

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The watch includes counties along I-65 and to the west.

The watch includes Bibb, Chilton, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Autauga and Lowndes until 4:00 AM CST.

Watching a strong storm moving out of Hale County into Bibb County. It does have some rotation with it. It is not out of the question that we could see additional spin up tornadoes or damaging winds through the early morning hours as there is some instability and very strong wind shear.

There is still a tremendous amount of shower and thunderstorm activity extending back into southeastern Louisiana at this hour. It will continue to push slowly eastward, not clearing the I-59 corridor until after 3 a.m.

Heavy rainfall will also be a problem. 1.57 inches at Birmingham, and inches has fallen across much of Pickens, Lamar, Fayette, Marion and Winston Counties.

9:45 Notes

| 9:48 pm February 2, 2016

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The tornado watch will likely be extended past 10 p.m. for at least some of the counties.

Beginning to get concerned about flooding, especially across parts of Lamar, Marion, Fayette and Winston Counties. An areal flood advisory has been issued for parts of the aforementioned counties.

Ahead of the main rain area, which extends out of eastern Mississippi across Northwest Alabama, an area of confluence is funneling heavy showers noth northeastward from Southwest Alabama all the way through the Birmingham Metro area and on into Northeast Alabama.

There is still 500-750 joules of instability over Pickens and Tuscaloosa Counties, with less than 250 joules elsewhere across almost all of North and Central Alabama. But shear values continue to be off the charts with over 300 m2/s2 of low level helicity. Bulk shear is high as well, at over 50 knots. And we are watching an increasing low level jet ramping up over eastern Mississippi and Northwest Alabama. All this keeps us concerned that there could be isolated tornadoes and a damaging wind threat.

A new severe thunderstorm warning was just issued for Noxubee, Neshoba and Winston Counties.

A tornado was reported at 8:15 p.m. just south of Beaverton in Lamar County. Trees are down across that area.

Possibly Tornadic Storm May Affect Lamar County

| 8:42 pm February 2, 2016

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We are tracking a strong storm near Steens MS, south of Calendonia, that has had rotation with it.

A tornado warning was in effect for Lowndes County, MS, but it has since expired. The cell will rotate up into Lamar County, passing near Melborne and Star, but likely staying west of Fernbank.

The rotation has weakened, but we continue to closely monitor the storm.

To the southwest, additional strong storms are occurring near Philadelphia MS. There are a couple of severe thunderstorm warnings on these storms. They will eventually move into Pickens and Lamar Counties in West Alabama.

Rainfall amounts have totaled 1-3 inches across West Alabama from northern Pickens through much of Lamar, Fayette and into Marion and Winston Counties. Additional rainfall amounts may cause some localized flooding.