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Heavy Rain in Areas

| 7:24 pm January 13, 2013

Heavy rain continues to fall across many portions of Central Alabama this evening. The heaviest activity is lined up along Interstate 59 from De Kalb County through Gadsden, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa to about Meridian. The activity will continue to push east, but will begin to slow as the frontal system slows down. We should expect rain for several day as the cold front gets into the state making for some raw days ahead. In Central Alabama, Cullman County remains under a Flash Flood Warning until 11:30 PM. Numerous other area are under areal flood advisories, which have been issued as the heavy rainfall causes increased runoff for drainage systems and is causing some flooding through out certain areas. Make sure if you are out and about this evening and overnight that you slow it down a little bit as roads have significant water ponding on them. Remember if you encounter a flooded roadway, TURN AROUND, DON”T DROWN.

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Some Flooding Reports

| 6:08 pm January 13, 2013

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Rainfall amounts according to Doppler Radar estimates are between 1 and 2 inches over a fairly wide area along and north of the I-59 corridor. You can see those in the right panel of the graphic in the areas in yellow and red. The left panel is the current radar reflectivity showing the areas of heaviest rainfall now.

John Talbot is reporting 1.02 inches as of 5:57 p.m. at his location between Concord and Hueytown.

The Birmingham Airport has picked up 0.65 inches as of 5:53 p.m.

Accordingly, we are starting to get some reports of flooding across North Central Alabama this evening.

From John Talbot: Walker County Fire reporting that Smith Lake Dam Rd @ Drummond Lake is completely flooded.

From the NWS: at least six inches of standing water over portions of Airport Rd. in Jasper.

Flash Flood Warning: Cullman County til 11:30 PM

| 5:43 pm January 13, 2013

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1130 PM CST

* AT 530 PM CST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN ACROSS CULLMAN
COUNTY…WITH UPWARDS OF ONE INCH OF RAIN IN LESS THAN 45 MINUTES.
THIS WILL LEAD TO EXCESSIVE RUNOFF…CAUSING FLASH FLOODING
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. URBAN AND LOW-LYING AREAS WILL BE MOST
SUSCEPTIBLE TO HAVING FLOODING ISSUES…AND AN ADDITIONAL INCH OR
MORE OF RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…FALKVILLE…BAILEYTON…HOLLY
POND…GARDEN CITY…FAIRVIEW…EVA…SOUTH VINEMONT…COLONY AND
WEST POINT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…URBAN AREAS…HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND
UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. MOVE
UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS
SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING.

Severe Storm in Greene County

| 4:24 pm January 13, 2013

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A severe thunderstorm warning continues for northeastern Greene County.

A storm with rotation and the potential for damaging winds is passing north of Eutaw. It will pass between Akron and Union, crossing Highway 11 and eentually moving in the direction of Knoxville.

If it hold together, it could affect the City of Tuscaloosa around 5 p.m.

Damaging winds are the main threat, although we can’t rule out an isolated small spin up tornado as well.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Greene County

| 4:06 pm January 13, 2013

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Showers and some embedded thunder are over the northwestern quarter of Alabama at this time.

There is a small amount of instability and a fairly decent amount of low level helicity, so we are getting rotational signatures on Doppler radar.

One is near Fayette right now. Other indications of possible strong winds were over Greene and Sumter Counties.

The NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Greene County where there are impressive winds indicated on Doppler. Winds may reach 60-70 mph in this storm.

The NWS has issued significant weather alerts for parts of Fayette, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Counties as well as the storms move through.

Winds may gust to 45 mph with these storms.

The showers and storms re ahead of a sharp cold front. Temperatures drop about 20 degrees in the first hour after the front passes.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 445 PM CST

* AT 358 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR GAINESVILLE…OR 13 MILES WEST OF
EUTAW…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
UNION…MANTUA…KNOXVILLE…JENA…I 20 REST AREA NEAR EUTAW…
CLINTON AND SNODDY.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 32 THROUGH 52…