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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: West Alabama

| 3:33 pm May 24, 2015

The NWS in Birmingham has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of these three West Alabama counties:

LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WESTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

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As you can see, storms are lined up all along US-82 from Macedonia and Reform to Centreville.

The strongest storm is approaching Reform from the south and will impact Millport and Vernon in Lamar County and possibly Fayette in Fayette County.

Another warning affects areas south of and just including Columbus MS.

It looks like all of this activity will remain west of the Birmingham area this afternoon.

* AT 332 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR REFORM…
MOVING NORTH AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
FAYETTE…VERNON…SULLIGENT…GORDO…REFORM…MILLPORT…
CARROLLTON…PICKENSVILLE…KENNEDY…BELK…ETHELSVILLE…BLOOMING
GROVE…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…ASHCRAFT CORNER…BLUFF…BEDFORD…
KIRK…LUBBUB…MCSHAN AND MELBORNE.

Is the Severe Weather Over for Central Alabama? Yes!

| 6:35 pm April 25, 2015

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Yes!

The severe thunderstorm watch for East Central Alabama has been canceled as the last storms have moved into Georgia and no addiitonal storms are expected overnight.

We had one shot at severe weather this afternoon and evening across Central Alabama and it is done.

The ingredients that were in place over the area are diminishing now. The speed shear is diminishing as the upper level wind max departs to the north. Instabilities are slowly coming down as clouds cover the area. The convection near the Gulf Coast has effectively cut off additional moisture inflow into the area and drier air is moving in.

There should not be any more convection initiating tonight. There could be a few light showers as the cold front approaches from the north during the pre-dawn hours, but there won’t be any thunder.

A passing disturbance and conditionally unstable air caused by cold air aloft tomorrow could trigger a few light afternoon showers as well, but they will be a nuisance at worst, not heavy and not lasting very long at all.

Coosa County Damage Photos

| 6:22 pm April 25, 2015

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@auburnwde reported destruction of a barn in northern Coosa County caused by strong winds in the severe thunderstorm at 5:18 pm, four miles west of Stewartville on County Road 35. The damage is impressive and could have been caused by a tornado or straight line winds, hard to tell until the Weather Service surveys the damage. There were definitely strong winds, over 65 mph near the surface, shown on doplar radar.

All Central Alabama Warnings Over

| 5:51 pm April 25, 2015

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The severe thunderstorm warning for Coosa and Talladega Counties has been canceled or has expired.

There are no warnings in effect now for any part of Central Alabama.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 10 p.m. for Barbour, Pike, Bullock, Chambers, Clay, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa Counties.

The only storms over Central Alabama are the ones over East Central Alabama in Clay and Tallapoosa Counties moving into Randolph.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Coosa til 6 p.m.

| 5:07 pm April 25, 2015

UPDATE AT 5:29
Talladega County has been removed from the warning since the storms have moved out of the county.

ORIGINAL POST
The NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Talldega and Coosa Counties until 6 p.m.

Strong thunderstorm near Talladega Springs will pass near Stewartville, Gantts Quarry and Overbrook and south of Sylacauga. It will eventually move toward Goodwater, Kellyotn and Alex City.

Hail to one inch and 60 mph winds are possible with this storm. 65 mph winds are indicated on base velocity products south of Talladega Springs at 1,000 feet. This is easily reaching the ground in the rear flank downdraft

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN COOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 505 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER LAY LAKE…
OR NEAR TALLADEGA SPRINGS…MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SYLACAUGA…GOODWATER…KELLYTON…TALLADEGA SPRINGS…WEOGUFKA…
STEWARTVILLE…FAYETTEVILLE…CREWSVILLE…BRADFORD…UNITY…
HATCHET…BENTLEYVILLE…HANOVER…MARBLE VALLEY…PARKDALE…
STRICKLAND CROSSROADS…LAY LAKE…CEDAR CREEK…OVERBROOK AND
SHELBY SHORES.

GRANTHAM

Reports From the Birmingham Area

| 5:02 pm April 25, 2015

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Strong storms are impacting Jefferson and Shelby Counties now with heavy rain and lightning as well as gusty winds. There have been reports of some small hail.

Some reports…

…Hail and heavy rain reported in Vestavia by @AUAtty
…I picked up 0.50 inches of rain in less than 30 minutes off Altadena Road. 1.16 so far since midnight.
…Heavy rain on Highway 150 in Hoover flooded the road in 10 minutes. Strong winds too according to @ProddyLeigh
…Power lines sparking on 280 at Parc at Grandview.
…Jeff Drake reports 0.60 inches of rain in 15 minutes at Bessemer.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Still For East Central Alabama

| 4:41 pm April 25, 2015

UPDATED MAP 6:12 PM

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UPDATE 6:02 PM
Barbour, Pike, Bullock, Macon and Russell Counties have been dropped from the Severe Thunderstorm Watch. The watch continues for Chambers, Clay, Lee, Randolph and Tallapoosa Counties until 10:00 PM CDT

ORIGINAL POST
The NWS has extended the Severe Thunderstorm Watch over South Alabama northward to include part of East Central Alabama.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
115 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING
AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 8 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CHAMBERS CLAY LEE
MACON RANDOLPH RUSSELL
TALLAPOOSA

IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

BULLOCK

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…ASHLAND…AUBURN…
LANETT…LINEVILLE…OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…ROANOKE…TUSKEGEE…
UNION SPRINGS AND VALLEY.

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Heavy Storms in Tuscaloosa County, Not Severe

| 4:04 pm April 25, 2015

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Heavy thunderstorms have developed this afternoon across Tuscaloosa County in West Alabama. They are not severe, but they do have lot sof lightning and heavy rain as well as gusty winds.

They are moving ENE and will move into Jefferson County shortly. They will reach downtown Birmingham before 4:30.

Across South Central Alabama, storms were developing across Perry and Bibb County, moving toward Clanton.

The SPC has moved the slight risk severe weather outlook southward about 50 miles, sort of as expected. It is depicted in the radar graphic as a yellow line extending from Grove Hill to Centreville to Columbiana and Talladega. The dark green line indicates the northward extent of the Marginal Risk and the light green line delineates the northern extent of the threat of storms.

South of US-82, CAPE values are over 2,000 j/kg giving the storms plenty of octane to work with. There is strong speed shear as well. Mid-level lapse rates are moderately strong as well. But there is almost no low level helicity, so tornadoes are not an issue for now. Overall moisture levels have dropped over North Central Alabama as the special balloon release from BMX indicated at 1 p.m. But low level dewpoints are still quite juicy, running in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Storms over South Alabama are stronger, including a couple of severe ones. Two severe thunderstorm watches cover South Alabama, but one has not been issued for South Central Alabama yet. Winds gusted to 59 mph at Fairhope when the storms were over Mobile Bay.