Category: Severe Weather

An Update To The Central Alabama Weather Situation At 2:55 AM

| January 22, 2017 @ 2:54 am

For most of Central Alabama, the threat for severe weather has diminished at this point. As a matter of fact, Chilton and Shelby counties have been removed from the Tornado Watch. The counties remaining in the watch until 3:00 AM are Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Autauga, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Montgomery, Macon, Russell, Bullock, Pike, and Barbour.

Most of the thunderstorm activity has pushed off out of the area, with only the extreme eastern and southeastern parts of the area still dealing with storms. Fortunately, these are just good rain producers with some thunder. No severe warnings are in effect for anyone in Central Alabama at this moment.

Now we do have a few damage reports coming in from the severe thunderstorms that pushed through Jefferson and Blount counties earlier…

••• Trees and power lines are down in the Pleasant Grove area on 8th Place.
••• Trees are down in the Birmingport area on Buddy Vines Camp Road.
••• Power lines are down in the Midfield area at 67th Street and Pineview Road.
••• Trees are down in the Tarrant area near McDonald Street.
••• Trees are down in Vestavia Hills near Rocky Ridge, and at US-31 and Kentucky Avenue.
••• Trees are down in Homewood near Vulcan Park.
••• Tree down on a home in Locust Fork, in Susan Moore, and on 3rd Street in Hayden.
••• Trees are down on I-65 at mile marker 289.

The next round of storms should arrive in the area around 9-10 AM later this morning. For locations north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Alabaster to Talladega, it will probably be just a good shot of rain and thunderstorms with the possibility of a few strong storms.

The main threat areas will be south of that line, and highest for those south and east of Auburn and Montgomery. In those areas, damaging winds, along with hail and a few tornadoes are possible. The severe threat should be over by 5PM today.

If anything changes between now and 9AM, we’ll have updates for you.

Even More Counties Trimmed From The Tornado Watch

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:32 am

The latest set of counties trimmed from the Tornado Watch are Bibb, Dallas, Hale, and Perry counties. This now leaves Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Shelby, Talladega, Chambers, Clay, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa, Barbour, Bullock, and Pike counties under the Tornado Watch until 3:00 AM.

Back to our west, things have settled down for now. The next round of storms is expected to arrive by the 9-11 AM time frame.

New Areal Flood Advisory for Parts of Pickens, Fayette, Tuscaloosa, & Walker Counties Until 3:45 AM

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:43 am

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for…
Northeastern Pickens County in west central Alabama…
Southeastern Fayette County in west central Alabama…
Northwestern Tuscaloosa County in west central Alabama…
Walker County in Alabama…

* Until 345 AM CST

* At 1240 AM CST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in
the advisory area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Jasper, Sumiton, Cordova, Dora, Berry, Parrish, Coker, Oakman,
Sipsey, Gorgas, Boley Springs, Curry, Binion Creek Landing, Rocky
Hollow, Burnwell, Lake Lurleen State Park, Samantha, Gorgas Steam
Plant, Smith Dam and Beloit.

A Few Counties Trimmed From The Tornado Watch

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:37 am

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has removed Greene, Marengo, and Sumter counties from the Tornado Watch, as the threat for now has diminished.

The Tornado Watch continues in effect until 3:00 AM for Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby, Talladega, Chambers, Clay, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa, Barbour, Bullock, Pike, and Hale counties.

Currently there are only two warnings in effect for Central Alabama, and that is for Tuscaloosa County until 1:00 AM, and for Bibb, Hale, and Perry counties until 1:15 AM.

Heads Up Jefferson County

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:25 am

A severe thunderstorm warning is currently in effect for Tuscaloosa County, and the storm that caused the issuance will be entering Jefferson County within the next few minutes. There is a good chance that the warning will not be reissued for Jefferson County as it looks like the storm has weakened some, but lots of lightning and winds up to 45 MPH will be possible. This storm is also producing torrential rainfall. Currently, there are no other severe storms in Central Alabama.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues for Tuscaloosa County Until 1:00 AM

| January 21, 2017 @ 11:58 pm

At 1214 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Deerlick Creek
Campgrounds, or near Holt, moving northeast at 60 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Tuscaloosa, Northport, Holt, Lake View, Brookwood, University Mall,
Deerlick Creek Campgrounds, Bankhead Lock And Dam, Abernant, Binion
Creek Landing, Bryant Denny Stadium, Samantha, McFarland Mall, Bull
City, Windham Springs, Whitson, East Brookwood, Peterson, Taylorville
and Wiley.
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At 1205 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Northport,
moving northeast at 60 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Tuscaloosa, Northport, Holt, Lake View, Brookwood, Coker, Tuscaloosa
Amphitheater, University Mall, Deerlick Creek Campgrounds, Bankhead
Lock And Dam, Abernant, Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, Binion Creek
Landing, Bryant Denny Stadium, Samantha, McFarland Mall, Lake Lurleen
State Park, Bull City, Tierce Pattton Bridge and Windham Springs.

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The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Tuscaloosa County in west central Alabama…

* Until 100 AM CST

* At 1156 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located near Coker, or 9
miles southwest of Northport, moving east at 60 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include…
Tuscaloosa, Northport, Holt, Lake View, Brookwood, Coker,
Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, University Mall, Deerlick Creek
Campgrounds, Bankhead Lock And Dam, Abernant, Tuscaloosa Regional
Airport, Binion Creek Landing, Bryant Denny Stadium, Samantha,
McFarland Mall, Lake Lurleen State Park, Bull City, Tierce Pattton
Bridge and Windham Springs.

New Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Parts of Sumter & Greene Counties Until 12:00 AM

| January 21, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Central Sumter County in west central Alabama…
Greene County in west central Alabama…

* Until midnight CST

* At 1128 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located near West Greene,
or 10 miles west of Eutaw, moving northeast at 60 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include…
Livingston, Eutaw, Boligee, Union, Gainesville, Epes, New West
Greene, Jena, West Greene, Thornhill, Mantua, Allison, Knoxville,
Walden Quarters, Warsaw, Lewiston, New Mount Hebron, Clinton, I 20
Rest Area Near Eutaw and Eutaw Municipal Airport.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues for Parts of Pickens & Greene Counties Until 11:45 PM

| January 21, 2017 @ 11:07 pm

At 1132 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Benevola, or
12 miles east of Aliceville, moving northeast 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…
Gordo, Mantua, Jena, Johnston Lake, Benevola, Pioneer and Kirk.

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…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1145 PM CST
FOR SOUTHEASTERN PICKENS AND NORTHWESTERN GREENE COUNTIES…

At 1116 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located near West Greene,
or 8 miles southeast of Aliceville, moving northeast at 35 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…
Gordo, Mantua, Jena, Johnston Lake, Benevola, Lewiston, Pleasant
Ridge, Pioneer and Kirk.

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The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Southeastern Pickens County in west central Alabama…
Northwestern Greene County in west central Alabama…

* Until 1145 PM CST

* At 1105 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over New West
Greene, or 12 miles south of Aliceville, moving northeast at 35
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…
Gordo, New West Greene, Mantua, Jena, Johnston Lake, West Greene,
Benevola, Lewiston, Pleasant Ridge, Pioneer and Kirk.

An Update on the Alabama Weather Situation at 9:45 p.m.

| January 21, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

Three main groupings of thunderstorms tonight over the Deep South and a new one forming over Southeast Mississippi.

One is in eastern Arkansas and northeastern Louisiana. Multiple tornado warnings in effect. It is moving east northeast toward the Mississippi Delta. It should stay to our northwest.

A second grouping of severe storms over Central Mississippi. They extend from Yazoo City to Forest, east of Jackson and back down to Brookhaven. Three tornado warnings in effect on this system along with lots of large hail reports. A tornado is developing long I-20 between Morton and Forest right now. This activity will rotate into West central Alabama before midnight.

A third grouping of thunderstorms is over South Alabama. A tornado warning is in effect for Covington County, including Andalusia. They are lined up generally along US-84 east of I-65. This activity will stay south of I-85.

In between the last two sets, new storms are forming southeast of Hattiesburg in Southeast Mississippi. These storms will rotate up into Southwest Alabama by 10:30 p.m.. and West Central Alabama between then and midnight.

Tornado watches cover the area from southeastern Arkansas to the Alabama/Georgia border now, including a PDS Tornado Watch over Alabama.

Here is the projected HRRR mesoscale model depiction of what the radar might evolve like over the next several hours.

Multiple waves of storms will rotate northeastward across the state through the overnight and again Sunday morning.

Overnight, the greatest threat of severe weather will be south of a line from from York to Demopolis to Marion to Verbena to Dadeville to Lafayette. Numerous potentially severe storms will occur south of a line from Tuscaloosa to Pelham to Wedowee. The rest of North and Central Alabama will experience scattered severe storms. The tornado threat is over the southern area, although we can’t rule out a tornado anywhere south of I-20.

PDS Tornado Watch Issued for Southern 2/3rds of Alabama Until 3 a.m.

| January 21, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

A tornado watch has been issued for is being considered right now for a large part of Central Alabama and South Alabama by the National Weather Service. It is a PDS or Particularly Dangerous Situation watch.

It goes until 3 a.m. CST. In Central Alabama, it includes: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega and Tallapoosa Counties.

There is a high probability of tornadoes and a high probability of EF2 or greater tornadoes in the tornado watch area.

This is a serious situation and requires your full attention overnight if you live in the tornado watch area. Have a way to get warnings, stay abreast of the situation and know what your tornado plan is.

Storms have intensified rapidly in the past couple of hours over southeastern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi. They are spreading northeastward along a surge of warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. There have been a few reports of large hail over southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi Coast.

Storms have also formed rapidly in Northwest Louisiana between Ruston and Alexandria. There have been several tornado warnings in that area. Lots of large hail reports here, including several 1.75-2 inch reports over NW Louisiana and southern Arkansas. Some really cold air aloft here is helping the hail to happen.

Tornado watches are already in effect from southeastern Oklahoma to the border of Mississippi and Alabama.

Thunderstorms are already over Mobile County should be deeper into Southwest Alabama by 8 p.m. There is already a tornado warning for Mobile County. They will spread quickly northeast into South Central Alabama, generally east of I-65 and south of I-85 by 10 pm. A couple of rounds may affect this same area into East Central Alabama between then and 2 a.m.

More storms will move into West Central Alabama by 10 pm. And will overspread areas north of I-59 through 4 a.m. Some of these storms will be severe as well, with large hail and damaging winds being the main threat but an isolated tornado is possible as well.

Watches Have Been Issued To Our West

| January 21, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Two tornado watches to our west already this afternoon.

The first is for southern Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana until 9 p.m.

There are storms over southeastern Louisiana that are expected to increase this evening as they spread northeastward.

The second is for extreme southeastern Oklahoma, northeastern Texas, northwestern Louisiana and southwestern Arkansas.

There is moderate chance of tornadoes and damaging winds and a high risk of large hail in this watch.

Thunderstorms have developed across the western part of this watch area and they will spread northeastward this evening and overnight. There is also a tornado watch for parts of the Florida Panhandle until 6 p.m. CST for the line of storms we experienced this morning.

Significant Severe Weather Threat Possible for Portions of Alabama Tonight

| January 21, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

Later tonight, we are going to see another strong upper-level jet streak round the base of the trough, and this will cause a shortwave to eject out of the upper-level low over the Southern Plains. This is going to allow numerous storms to develop to our west and move towards Alabama late tonight. We should see two areas of convection develop, the first being the activity to the west, while another round of storms develops along the Gulf Coast, much like we saw earlier this morning. All modes of severe weather are going to be possible and that includes large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes, some of which could be large, violent tornadoes.

PLACEMENT: In the latest day one outlook, the SPC has upgraded to a “moderate risk” (level 4 out of 5) across much of South Alabama, roughly along and south of the U.S. Highway 80 and Interstate 85 corridors. Cities included are Montgomery, Auburn, Troy, Selma, Greenville, Monroeville, Evergreen, Opp, and all locations in between. An “enhanced risk” covers the rest of the southern half of Alabama, while the northern half of Alabama is in the standard “slight risk”.

Overnight, strong low-level shear will promote rotation, and there is a threat for tornadoes across the entire state, however, the highest tornado threat seems to be over the southern half of the state within the “moderate risk” area. STP (Significant Tornado Parameter) values are highest there, and is where we are going to see the best combination of instability and shear. Below is the projected STP values for 11PM tonight.

The main window for strong to severe storms will come from roughly 8PM tonight through 6AM tomorrow morning. This system has the POTENTIAL to be a high impact event for the state. We have already seen significant damage from the first round of storms this morning across South Alabama and South Mississippi. Please remain weather aware as we head into the overnight hours.

Along with threat of storms, we have to mention the threat for some flooding issues across the state as an additional 1-3 inches rain is possible.

Make sure you have multiple reliable sources to receive severe weather notifications in the event a warning is issued for your location. With some of the severe weather occurring during the overnight hours, it extremely important that you are able to receive the alerts. Continue to check the blog frequently for severe weather updates.