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Heaviest Rain to the West

| 8:01 pm July 4, 2013

Over the last few hours the heaviest rain fall has been over West Alabama. This rain fall will continue to inch eastward for the the next few hours and will be impact areas around the Birmingham Metro. The most intense rain is lined up along the highway 43 corridor across West Alabama. A flash flood watch remains in place for most of north-central Alabama until at least Saturday. We have had a few flash flood warnings in our northwestern counties and these warnings remain in effect across portions of Fayette, Winston and Cullman Counties.

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Intense tropical rains continue to fall in areas of Alabama. Unsettled weather will last into the overnight hours and I would not be surprised to see a few additional flash flood warnings across Central Alabama. The unsettled weather will persist over Alabama until at least the weekend.

Flash Flood Warning Winston County Extended until 9:30 PM

| 6:07 pm July 4, 2013

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Several inches of rain have fallen across much of the county today. Numerous reports of flooded roads that are impassible and even some reports of washed our roads. Heavy rain continues to fall across the county and will only make flooding conditions worse over the next few hours. This warning includes the entire county and areas around Smith Lake, Haleyville, Double Springs and Highway 278 will be impacted.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 PM CDT

* AT 604 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED AN AREA OF
VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2
TO 3 INCHES HAVE OCCURRED…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. AN
ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT FEW
HOURS.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ARLEY…HALEYVILLE…LYNN…ADDISON…ASHBANK…ASHRIDGE…BRUSHY
LAKE…CORINTH REC AREA…DOUBLE SPRINGS…FALLS CITY…HELICON…
HOUSTON RECREATIONAL AREA…INMANFIELD…LAKE SHORE…MCDOWELL CAMP
GROUNDS…MORELAND…NEEDMORE…NESMITH…POPLAR
SPRINGS…SARDIS AND WINSTON FREE STATE BARN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.

Flash Flood Warning Cullman County Extended until 8:15 PM

| 4:59 pm July 4, 2013

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For several hours rain has been minimal across the county, recently additional showers and storms have developed and are now impacting potions of the county. This warning only includes extreme northwestern portions of the county around west Point and portions of Smith Lake. Use cation if traveling along highway 278 and 157.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN LIMESTONE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN LAWRENCE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 444 PM CDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH
FLOODING IN EASTERN PORTIONS OF LAWRENCE…AND WESTERN MORGAN
COUNTIES. SPECIFICALLY…DECATUR AND HARTSELLE HAVE RECEIVED IN
EXCESS OF 5 TO 6 INCHES OF RAINFALL…WITH ISOLATED REPORTS
APPROACHING 8 INCHES OF RAIN THAT HAS OCCURRED SINCE MIDNIGHT.
MUCH OF THAT HEAVY RAIN HAS FALLEN SINCE 9 AM CDT THIS MORNING. IN
ADDITION TO NUMEROUS ROADS THAT ARE IMPASSABLE IN THESE AREAS…AN
APARTMENT BUILDING IS BEING EVACUATED AS A PRECAUTION DUE TO
RISING WATER IN DECATUR.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
DECATUR…HARTSELLE…TRINITY…PRICEVILLE…FALKVILLE…FLINT
CITY…WEST POINT AND MOORESVILLE.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS AROUND ONE TO TWO INCHES ARE POSSIBLE
THROUGH 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

Flash Flood Warning Fayette County until 10:30 PM

| 4:35 pm July 4, 2013

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All of Fayette County has been included in this warning. Intense rain has been falling for several hours and continues to do so. Downtown Fayette and Berry are included in this warning as well as Highway 43, 171, 13 and 102 are being impacted.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1030 PM CDT

* AT 433 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED AN AREA OF VERY
HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS FAYETTE COUNTY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 INCHES
OR GREATER HAVE OCCURRED OVER THE PAST 3 HOURS WITH AN ADDITIONAL 1
TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
FAYETTE…ASHCRAFT CORNER…BANKSTON…BELK…BERRY…BLUFF AND
BOLEY SPRINGS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.

Wet, Unsettled Weather Continues

| 4:10 pm July 4, 2013

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; we are on a holiday schedule**

TOO MUCH RAIN: Flash flood warnings remain in effect for parts of North Alabama this afternoon, including Winston County, where over 6 inches of rain is estimated by radar. Below is a look at flooding on Winston County Road 80, east of Addision (photo from @huddy24)

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A flash flood watch will remain in effect for much of North and East Alabama through tomorrow, as the large scale pattern continues to favor lots of tropical rain across Alabama and the Deep South. Below is a radar grab around 4:00… showing the heaviest rain over Northwest Alabama…

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As expected, temperatures have been holding in the 70s today because of the clouds and rain… making it one of the coolest July 4ths on record in Alabama.

FIREWORKS SHOWS TONIGHT: It won’t rain everywhere all the time tonight, so hopefully for the major fireworks shows there will be a break in the rain. But, it could rain at anytime, anywhere in Alabama tonight, so take the rain gear if you will be out and about watching fireworks.

TOMORROW AND SATURDAY: No real change… very high PWAT (precipitable water) values… over two inches in spots… will stay in place, and an upper trough west of the state will provide good dynamic lift for occasional showers and tropical downpours. The rain could be heavy at times, and you won’t see much sunshine. And, like today, we will probably have a hard time getting out of the 70s.

SUNDAY AND EARLY NEXT WEEK: We will trend slowly toward fewer showers and storms, and more sunshine as moisture levels decrease and the dynamic lift weakens. Still, we will have at least scattered showers and storms around Sunday and on through most of next week. Afternoon highs will finally be back around 90 degrees by Wednesday.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Rain amounts of 10 to 12 inches have been reported in the Florida Panhandle today in the general area between Panama City and Destin with major flooding issues. The amounts have been lighter to the west around Pensacola and Gulf Shores.

Occasional showers and storms remain likely along the Central Gulf Coast tomorrow and Sunday with only a very limited amount of sunshine… weather conditions will begin to slowly improve Sunday and next week.

Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here tomorrow morning….

Flash Flood Warning Winston County until 6:30 PM

| 3:23 pm July 4, 2013

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UPDATE: The NWS has had several reports of bridges and road washed out across the county. Even some reports of mudslides. Use extreme caution as the rain looks to continue the next several hours.

Winston County has been receiving heavy rain most of the day. The NWS has issued a flash flood warning for the entire county as several inches of rain have fallen today. Rain continues to fall and will only cause flooding conditions to worsen. Smith Lake, Haleyville, Double Springs and areas along highway 278 and 195 will be impacted.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 630 PM CDT

* AT 322 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED AN AREA OF
VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2
INCHES OR GREATER HAVE OCCURRED OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF HOURS WITH
AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ARLEY…HALEYVILLE…LYNN…ADDISON…ASHBANK…ASHRIDGE…BRUSHY
LAKE…CORINTH REC AREA…DOUBLE SPRINGS…FALLS CITY…HELICON…
HOUSTON RECREATIONAL AREA…INMANFIELD…LAKE SHORE…MCDOWELL CAMP
GROUNDS…MORELAND…NEEDMORE…NESMITH…POPLAR SPRINGS…SARDIS
AND WINSTON FREE STATE BARN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.

 

Rain to the West and Rain to the East

| 3:03 pm July 4, 2013

Depending where you are in the state determines if you are seeing a wet or dry Independence Day. It is wet in the northwestern and southeastern portions of the state but there is currently a dry slot from Mobile to Montgomery to Birmingham to Gadsden. Heavy rains continue to fall across Sumter and Pickens County north into Tennessee Valley. To the southeast, rain is falling from Auburn to the Gulf Coast. Hopefully the dry slot will last into the overnight hours and all the fireworks shows can go off with no problem.

Expect additional showers and thunderstorms over the next couple of days as a very moist and unstable air mass remains in place across the state. This unsettled weather pattern will last into the at least Saturday. Don’t forget a flash flood watch remains in effect until at least Saturday for many areas across the area. Several more additional inches of rain can be expected through the weekend.

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Dangerous Rip Current Situation

| 1:48 pm July 4, 2013

Onshore winds along the beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida and thunderstorms along the coast east of Fort Walton Beach have produced a dangerous rip current situation this afternoon. There have been numerous water rescues.

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Winds have been gusting over 25 mph for the past couple of hours at ECP (the new Panama City International Airport), gusting to 36 mph just before 1 p.m. At PAM (Tyndall AFB), winds just gusted to 33 mph.

The C-Man station 18 miles S St George Island reported a thunderstorm wind of 41 MPH at 02:00 PM EDT — measured gust to 36 knots at 2 pm EDT. peak gust to 45 knots (52 mph) occurred at around 130 pm EDT

Caution family and friends to heed to warning flags along the beaches and stay out of the water until seas calm down.

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Heavy rains are causing flash flooding in the Panama City area as well, with water in homes and businesses as of 1:35.

…HIGHLY DANGEROUS RIP CURRENT SITUATION…

A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT ALONG THE BEACHES
OF ALABAMA AND THE NORTHWEST FLORIDA PANHANDLE ALONG WITH A HIGH SURF
ADVISORY FOR ROUGH SURF UNTIL 7 PM FRIDAY.

THIS IS A HIGHLY DANGEROUS RIP CURRENT SITUATION AND THERE HAVE
RECENTLY BEEN MANY RESCUES ALONG ALABAMA AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA
BEACHES. FOUR WATER RESCUES HAVE BEEN REPORTED AT FORT MORGAN AND
GULF SHORES AND MORE THAN TEN WATER RESCUES WERE RECENTLY REPORTED
AT ESCAMBIA COUNTY BEACHES SUCH AS CASINO BEACH.

PLEASE STAY SAFE! THE SAFEST ACTION TO TAKE IS TO REMAIN OUT OF THE
SURF UNTIL THIS DANGEROUS RIP CURRENT SITUATION HAS PASSED.