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Flash Flood Warning for Parts of Marion and Winston

| 7:40 pm July 5, 2013

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AND ANOTHER LATE REPORT AT 9:59
Samantha Poe reports via Twitter: “Haleyville PD reporting possibility of foundation being washed from under railroad on AL Ave. No confirmation yet.”

UPDATE – 9:35 PM
Samantha Poe reports via Twitter: “Mud slides reported at old textile location on Alabama Ave in Haleyville. 13 flooded and impassable at Dime Rd.” And this: “Local fire reports trees down on Co Rd 62 in Bear Creek and Hoggle Rodge Rd in Haleyville.”

Fortunately, the heaviest rain is out of Winston and Marion Counties now. The flash flood warning continues for the two counties until 1:30 a.m. Be alert for the potential for flooded or washed out roads. Stay away from standing or flowing water. Remember: “Turn around, don’t drown.”

LATE REPORT AT 8:49:
1 SW Haleyville [Winston Co, AL] public reports FLASH FLOOD at 08:45 PM CDT — report of up to a couple feet of water covering Hwy 13 at Dime Rd.

ORIGINAL POST
Marion County Roads near Brilliant are flooding and almost impassable according to a report on Twitter.

Parts of the Flash Flood Warning area have received 6-8 inches of rain since Tuesday and heavy rain is moving over the area.

Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
EASTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…
WESTERN WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 130 AM CDT

* AT 737 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED AN AREA OF
VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. DOPPLER RADAR
ESTIMATES SHOW THREE TO FOUR INCHES HAS FALLEN OVER SOME AREAS
WITHIN THE PAST TWO HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL ONE TO TWO INCHES IS
POSSIBLE OVER THE ENXT COUPLE OF HOURS. THE HEAVY RAINFALL COULD
LEAD TO LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING IN URBAN AND LOW-LYING AREAS AS
WELL AS AREAS OF POOR DRAINAGE.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
HALEYVILLE…LYNN…WINFIELD…ASHBANK…ASHRIDGE…BRILLIANT…
BRINN…DOUBLE SPRINGS…GLEN ALLEN…GU-WIN…GUIN…HACKLEBURG…
LAKE BUTTAHATCHEE…NEEDMORE AND WINSTON FREE STATE BARN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY…
COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND
OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

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.

Showers Continue

| 5:13 pm July 5, 2013

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Most of the shower and thunderstorm activity has been over the western part of Alabama today, Some heavy rain moved northward out of the Florida Panhandle, but weakened as it moved away from the coast.

To the east, showers and thunderstorms have been fired this afternoon along a wave of energy coming around the Bermuda high. The southeasterly flow will allow these to track into Alabama tonight. The good news is that the instability over the state is low, so whether they will hold together very well remains to be seen.

But a moist airmass remains in place across the area, with over two inches of precipitable water across much of West Central and Southwestern Alabama. Showers and storms will likely form again overnight, bringing a continued threat for heavy rain to the area through much of tomorrow.

Still Wet At Times Through Tomorrow

| 4:40 pm July 5, 2013

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… back to the “two a day” schedule Monday**

SOGGY: The National Weather Service in Birmingham has opted to continue the flash flood watch for much of Alabama through tomorrow as a deep tropical moisture axis remains in place. Below is the expected rain over the next 7 days from NCEP…

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The heaviest rain late this afternoon was over Northwest Alabama…

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Occasional showers and thunderstorms are likely through tomorrow, and the rain could be heavy at times. But, on the positive side, there will be nice breaks in the rain, and temperatures will remain well below average for July in Alabama. Today’s high in Birmingham is only 76 degrees… not far from the record low maximum for July 5, 72 set in 1940.

SUNDAY AND NEXT WEEK: Dynamic forcing will weaken, and showers and storms should become fewer in number gradually. This also means more sunshine and warmer temperatures; we should be close to 90 degrees by Wednesday. But, moist air hangs around and we will deal with at least scattered showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis.

AT THE BEACH: How about this waterspout at Destin, FL this afternoon… photo from @ashleynelliott1

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Occasional tropical and showers will continue on the Gulf Coast through tomorrow, but conditions will slowly improve late in the weekend and next week. By Monday and Tuesday we expect about 3 to 5 hours of sunshine each with showers and storms becoming more widely spaced. Highs hold in the 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the low 80s.

TROPICS: A weak surface low is over the Southwest Gulf of Mexico…

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This is moving north and could bring heavy rain to the Upper Texas or Louisiana coast early next week, but the system is not expected to become a tropical storm.

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Heavy Rain in Tuscaloosa Area

| 1:10 pm July 5, 2013

Thunderstorms with heavy rain are impacting the Tuscaloosa area now. Here is the radar, showing the heavy rain and storms extending over into Pickens County.

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The storms are producing up to 2.5 inches of rain in an hour, which will cause localized flooding.

Some reports of flooding are being received from Tuscaloosa. Flooding reported in front of Shelton State.

Lots of lightning as well, so be careful.

Tornado Warning for Destin

| 12:50 pm July 5, 2013

UPDATE 1:12 PM
Here is a Twitter photo of a waterspout offshore from Destin. Tornado warning remains in effect for part of Okaloosa County. New warning forthcoming.

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Credit: Brian Ponder (@bamadirt29)

ORIGINAL POST
The NWS in Mobile has issued a tornado warning for the Destin area in Northwest Florida.

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Circulation showing up on Doppler radar south of Miramar Beach, moving northwest toward Sandestin and Destin.

A waterspout is moving onshore in the that area according to reports from Channel 7.

Heavy rain and storms continue along the coast, heaviest in the Navarre, Fort Walton, Destin, Miramar Beach and Seagrove Beach areas.

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Beach storms are beautiful, as this photo Tweeted by Katelyn Cooper (@_kcooper) to @spann shows. But they can be dangerous as well. Dangerous rip currents continue along the Alabama and Northwest Florida coasts as well with double red flags flying indicating the water is closed.

From @mamarazzi4 in Walton County, Florida:

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Lightning has been a problem as well as heavy rain. And now waterspouts and tornadoes.

Some Crazy Rainfall Totals

| 11:00 am July 5, 2013

How about these extreme rainfall amounts from northwestern Florida, courtesy of the NWS Tallahassee?

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
1143 AM EDT Fri Jul 5 2013 /1043 AM CDT Fri Jul 5 2013/

…LATEST EXTREME STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS….

INLET BEACH (WALTON CO) 19.14 0700 AM 07/05
RIVERSIDE (WASHINGTON CO) 18.50 0530 PM 07/04
LYNN HAVEN (BAY CO) 17.00 0500 PM 07/04
VERNON (WASHINGTON CO) 15.00 0700 PM 07/04
SOUTHPORT (BAY CO) 14.00 0700 PM 07/04
SPRINGFIELD (BAY CO) 13.42 0600 PM 07/04
FREEPORT (WALTON CO) 12.78 0700 PM 07/04
BID-A-WEE 12.55 0700 AM 07/05
CALLAWAY (BAY CO) 12.37 0700 PM 07/04
PANAMA CITY BEACH 12.35 0400 PM 07/04
KECP ASOS 11.58 0800 AM 07/05
WOODVILLE 11.48 0635 PM 07/04
KECP INTERNATIONAL APT. 11.32 1130 AM 07/05
1 ENE SUNNYSIDE 10.91 0800 AM 07/05
ROCK HILL (WALTON CO) 10.22 0400 PM 07/04
TYNDALL AFB 10.08 0800 AM 07/05
CHIPLEY (WASHINGTON CO) 10.00 0700 PM 07/04
BONIFAY (HOLMES CO) 10.00 0600 PM 07.04

Here are 7 day rainfall totals across that region, with most of it falling in the past two days.

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North Alabama has had some very impressive totals as well:

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The Bankhead Forestry Station picked up 8.29 inches. Decatur measured an impressive 6.18 inches. All that just yesterday!

And all of this from a non-tropical system.

Here is the radar across Central Alabama at 11 a.m.

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A band of showers seems to be filling in now from Pickens and Tuscaloosa Counties through southern Jefferson, Shelby and Talladega Counties, southward for about 100 miles.

Additional showers were building over Northwest Alabama. And there is a large area of rain over the Southeast part of the state.

Also, a huge surge of moisture and associated showers and storms was building from southeastern Louisiana to the Northwest Florida Panhandle. This seems to be in conjunction with a bit of a jetstreak in the upper atmosphere that is producing favorable conditions for development in its right rear quadrant. As that jetstreak moves across Mississippi today, it could set the stage for widespread heavy rain to develop over parts of the state. Areas along and west of I-65 look like they may receive the heaviest rain today. The Tennessee Valley could as well.

Flash flood watches remain in effect for all 67 Alabama counties. Please stay weather aware through tomorrow. And remember, turn around, don’t drown!

Occasional Tropical Showers Continue

| 7:18 am July 5, 2013

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WET IS STILL THE WORD: Not much change in the overall weather pattern across Alabama through tomorrow. Copious amounts of moisture, with precipitable water values near 2 inches, is still in place, and with an upper trough to the west providing dynamic support, we will deal with occasional showers and thunderstorms.

NWS offices in Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile, and Tallahassee have combined for flash flood watches that cover all 67 Alabama counties, as the ground is saturated, and additional rains could bring some flooding issues. Additional rain amounts of 2-3 inches are likely through tomorrow night, and some spots could see more. But, on the positive side, there will be some breaks in the rain, and summer rain distribution is almost always somewhat uneven.

A good example was yesterday along the Gulf Coast… Panama City had over 12 inches of rain with serious flooding, while the Alabama Gulf Coast had little rain during much of the day. Up this way, Birmingham had less than one inch of rain, while one observer in southeast Winston County on Smith Lake measured over 10 inches. Similar amounts were seen over parts of Morgan and Limestone Counties where major flooding issues developed.

SUNDAY AND NEXT WEEK: While showers and thunderstorms will still be around on a daily basis, they should be fewer in number as the dynamic support weakens. Temperatures will slowly trend upward as we get back toward a more “normal” summer pattern, and we will probably visit 90 degrees by Wednesday. The last time we had a 90 degree high around here was back on June 30. The amount of daily sunshine will slowly increase during the first half of next week.

Some evidence the chance of rain will increase again by Thursday and Friday thanks to a surface front approaching from the north. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

TROPICAL WEATHER: Tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin through the weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A flash flood watch remains in effect from Panama City to Gulf Shores, where periods of rain and a few thunderstorms are likely through tomorrow. Additional rain amounts over two inches are likely, and you won’t see much sun (although it might peek out at times). Dangerous rip currents are also likely, and public beaches as of early this morning were still closed in many locations, including Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. There were many water rescues yesterday from people being pulled under.

Showers and storms will gradually begin to thin out Sunday, and by next week you can expect 4 to 6 hours of sunshine daily with the more usual scattered showers and storms. Highs hold in the 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 81 degrees.

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