Archive for May 8th, 2012
The storms moving through Tuscaloosa County downed a few trees near Holt in northeastern Tuscaloosa County about 8:30 p.m. tonight.
The storms are now approaching Gardendale, downtown Birmingham, Calera and Billingsley.
They will produce very heavy rains, gusty winds and sharp lightning.
Very heavy rain in Tuscaloosa has caused some urban flooding. Reports from Twitter indicate there was flooding on the strip.
Power outages have been reported.
The storms have pushed east of the city, and are now in the Holt, Peterson and Coaling areas.
Another very heavy storm is in southern Walker County, south of Oakman.
To the south, other heavy storms extend from south of Duncanville to east of Moundville and Akron.
In addition, storms over Dallas and Chilton Counties have ejected an outflow boundary that will intersect with an outflow boundary from the strosm moving out of Tuscaloosa into Bibb County. Look for storm development from Bibb into Shelby Counties.
Expect lots of lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds from the stronger storms.
The storms will arrive in western sections of the Birmingham area by 9:30.
Our line of storms is pushing eastward tonight.
The leading edge of the storms extended from Saragossa to Oakman to Samantha to Tuscaloosa to Moundville to Akron.
They will affect eastern Walker, eastern Tuscaloosa, western Jefferson, northern Hale and western Bibb counties.
Lightning is quite intense in Tuscaloosa with rain reportedly coming down in sheets.
Expect very heavy rain, intense lightning, and gusty winds as the storms push through your area.
Strong thunderstorms at this hour over southeastern Fayette County, from near the town of Fayette to Berry.
The heavy rain is moving only very slowly to the east.
Flooding is being reported in the city of Fayette now. Six inches of water covers streets in downtown Fayette.
A flash flood warning includes the city of Fayette.
Bad flooding continues in Guin in Marion County, where 2-3 inches of rain fell in short order.
In the big picture:
Heavy rain and storms now cover parts of Marion, Winston, Fayette, eastern Pickens, western Tuscaloosa Sumter and Greene Counties. The activity is pushing eastward and will impact much of central Alabama overnight ahead of a cool front.
There is an outside chance of a severe thunderstorm warning, but severe weather is not expected to be a problem.
LATE REPORT AT 7:09
Guin Police report water waist deep on highway 43 in downtown Guin.
ANOTHER REPORT AT 7:11
People are trapped by high water at City Park in Guin.
Please remember: turn around, don’t drown
Emergency management reports that Main Street in Guin is under water.
Very heavy rain continues from Guin to Fayette and Winfield. Three inches of rain has already fallen in this area.
Flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of Lamar, Fayette and Marion Counties.
Please be very careful tonight in these areas of potential flooding.
It only takes a few inches of flowing water to knock you off your feet or wash away your vehicles.
Do not walk or drive into standing water.