Archive for May 6th, 2012
New storms are forming tonight over North Central Alabama.
Storms formed over Cullman and Winston County and are moving southward. Folks in northern Walker County are getting a light show at this hour. These storms will be affecting Jasper over to Sumiton shortly.
Another storm is in the Haleyville area. Others are north of that up into the Shoals area.
Light to moderate showers extend from Tuscaloosa through Jefferson and into St. Clair County.
A strong storm has moved into Chambers County in east Alabama near Lafayette.
Storms formed over northern Jefferson County within the past hour. They are pushing southeastward across the eastern half of the county.
The storms are not especially strong, but they have plenty of lightning and heavy rain.
They extend in an arc from east of Kimberly and Morris down to Tarrant then out to Minor in the western part of the county.
The storms are weakening, but they will spread light to moderate rain and some gusty winds over places from Center Point to Trussville, Roebuck, and Irondale.
The Jefferson County storms will also affect Shelby County over the next hour. They won’t be severe, or even especially strong. But expect lightning and thunder, some heavy rain and some gusty winds possibly.
The Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for northeastern Pickens County.
Strong storms from west of Atlanta down to near LaGrange will remain strong as they push southwestward into eastern Alabama. They will push generally down the I-85 corridor.
A home was heavily damaged by a fallen tree in Haleyviile by strong winds just before 6 p.m. tonight. Several streets are closed by downed power lines in the city.
The Weather Service hasn’t issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Tuscaloosa County, and that is likely a good call since the radar echoes on the storm moving out of Fayette and Walker into northern Tuscaloosa have weakened a bit.
It produced one inch hail at Oakman in Walker County at 7:09.
Still, it is an impressive arc of storms that will affect northern Tuscaloosa County around Moores Bridge and Samantha. Expect heavy rain, small hail and strong gusty winds as well as plenty of intense lightning.
There is no warning in effect for Jefferson County, but there is a significant weather alert for a strong storm in the Hueytown and Sylvan Springs communities of western Jefferson County.
The storm is putting out quite a bit of lightning. There has even been a report of a lightning related house fire in Sylvan Springs.
It is moving south southeast in the direction of Bessemer and McCalla.
This activity will stay west of downtown Birmingham.
Storms are lined up across much of Walker County down into western Jefferson County. A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Walker County. It has been canceled for Winston County since the storms have moved out of that area.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for much of Lamar County for a storm coming out of Mississippi. Reports are that the sirens are going off there, but there is no tornado warning. Really there is almost no chance of a tornado, but damaging winds are a real threat.
We are getting reports of damage in Haleyville from strong storms a little earlier that resulted in a 60 mph wind report.
There are also storms on the eastern side of the state.
One especially intense one is over CLeburne County near Fruithurst. It will drop south southwest toward I-20 and affect folks driving from Talladega back on I-20 to the east towards Atlanta.
Other weakening storms are over Northeast Alabama, mainly over Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson Counties. The heaviest storm was near Guntersville.