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Severe Thunderstorm Warning NW Jefferson/Eastern Walker Til 4:30 PM

| 3:43 pm October 13, 2014

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
EASTERN WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 341 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES
NORTHWEST OF SYLVAN SPRINGS…OR 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF HUEYTOWN…
AND MOVING NORTH AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
DORA…SUMITON…CORDOVA…JASPER…GRAYSVILLE…BROOKSIDE…
CARDIFF AND WEST JEFFERSON.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 57 THROUGH 87…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBER 118…

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Tornado Watch for Alabama

| 3:38 pm October 13, 2014

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The NWS has issued a tornado watch for a large part of Alabama.

Here are the tornado watches that are in effect right now:

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It goes until midnight.

Here are the counties:

In Central Alabama…
Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Dallas, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

In North Alabama…
Franklin, Lincoln, Moore [TN] and Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bibb, Jefferson, Shelby, Talladega and Tuscaloosa Until 4 PM

| 3:03 pm October 13, 2014

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This warning includes much of the Birmingham Metro area.

Be ready for 60 mph winds or greater which can down trees, tree limbs and power lines as well as do minor structural damage.

Be in a safe place as these storms approach.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
EASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 400 PM CDT

* AT 301 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
LOW GAP TO MAYLENE TO SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT TO FAYETTEVILLE…AND
MOVING NORTH AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SYLACAUGA…ALABASTER…WILSONVILLE…HELENA…PELHAM…CHELSEA…
CHILDERSBURG AND BESSEMER.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 228 THROUGH 275…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 33…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 81 THROUGH 91…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 76 THROUGH 140…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143…

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bibb/Perry Until 3:15 PM

| 2:34 pm October 13, 2014

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Storms over Central Alabama continue to become severe as they lift northward this afternoon. The storm in Perry County northeast of Marion is showing signs of winds in excess of 60 mph.

The strongest winds are just pushing into Bibb County and will be approaching Centreville soon. Areas including Brent and West Blocton will be affected as well.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN PERRY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 315 PM CDT

* AT 230 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF PAUL M GRIST
STATE PARK…OR 11 MILES NORTHWEST OF VALLEY GRANDE…AND MOVING
NORTH AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BRENT…CENTREVILLE…HEIBERGER…HARRISBURG…LAWLEY…MERTZ…
TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST AND WEST CENTREVILLE.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning : Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore till 3:15 PM

| 2:08 pm October 13, 2014

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Storms north of Montgomery are becoming severe as they lift north this afternoon in an unstable and dynamic environment.

Damaging winds are the main threat with these storms.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
AUTAUGA COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
CHILTON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WESTERN COOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WESTERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 315 PM CDT

* AT 205 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
VIDA JUNCTION TO BOOTH TO COOSADA…AND MOVING NORTH AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CLANTON…JEMISON…WEOGUFKA…DEATSVILLE…BILLINGSLEY…JORDAN
LAKE…PLETCHER AND TEN CEDAR ESTATES.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 179 THROUGH 219…

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marengo Until 2:30 p.m.

| 1:39 pm October 13, 2014

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Strong storms are lifting northward across South Alabama this afternoon and some of them are becoming severe in an increasingly ripe environment for severe weather.

There ispplenty of instability and bulk wind shear for strong and organized updrafts.

This environment will continue to become increasingly unstable through the afternoon.

In addition, the squall line is moving a little faster, and will be approaching West Alabama as early as 5 p.m.

We will be tracking the severe weather situation throughout the afternoon and evening and overnight.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 230 PM CDT

* AT 138 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR VINELAND…
OR 22 MILES SOUTH OF LINDEN…AND MOVING NORTH AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LINDEN…DEMOPOLIS…DIXONS MILL…SURGINER…SWEET WATER…
WAYNE…SHILOH AND MAGNOLIA.

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Late Morning Update

| 11:29 am October 13, 2014

We are still looking at a signifiant severe weather threat for Alabama this afternoon, tonight, into tomorrow morning. Scroll down for the full meteorological discussion.

Scattered storms, some severe, will begin to form over the western half of Alabama after 3:00 p.m. Then, an organized line of severe storms will move through after midnight. It will take a long time for the line of storms to move through; it could be mid-morning tomorrow before they clear the Georgia border.

The highest risk of tornadoes will come this afternoon and early tonight over West Alabama; the main threat with the line of storms after midnight will come from damaging straight line winds.

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There are multiple tornado warning polygons up late this morning near the Mississippi River…

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We will have frequent updates on the situation as storms begin to form across West Alabama this afternoon… stay tuned…

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Severe Weather Threat Ahead For Alabama

| 6:38 am October 13, 2014

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

As always before any severe weather threat, I encourage you to watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and detailed information on what is ahead.

AT DAYBREAK: Things are pretty quiet early this morning; just a few sprinkles on the radar near the Tennessee border… most of the state is rain-free with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s around here. We don’t expect any weather problems through the morning hours.

SEVERE STORMS AHEAD: A vigorous upper trough west of Alabama, with an attendant surface low and cold front, will bring the threat of severe weather to our state late today and tonight. Here is a look at what we expect across Alabama…

TIMING: Severe storms could develop over the western half of Alabama as early as 4:00-5:00 this afternoon. These thunderstorms will be capable of producing hail, damaging wind, and maybe even a tornado or two. The primary squall line will enter West Alabama late tonight, around midnight, and will move slowly through the state during the pre-dawn hours. After midnight, the core threat shifts to damaging straight line wind along the squall line. It could very well be after daybreak tomorrow before the storms impact places like Anniston and Gadsden in East Alabama.

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THREATS: The highest tornado probabilities are west of Alabama, around Memphis and the Mississippi Delta this afternoon and early tonight, but clearly there will be a risk of a few tornadoes over West Alabama between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. All of Alabama will have a risk of damaging straight line winds, with individual thunderstorms, and with the organized line that will move through after midnight. And, some hail is also possible in stronger storms.

FLASH FLOODING: A flash flood watch is in effect for that part of Alabama north of a line from Millport to Jasper to Oneonta to Fort Payne. Keep in mind this part of the state, received significant rain over the weekend; we have reports of almost five inches of rain around Cullman. Additional rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches will create the risk of flooding tonight.

GET THE WARNINGS! Remember, if you think you will hear an outdoor warning siren late tonight while you family is sleeping, you pretty much have no hope of getting a warning. Every home needs a properly programmed NOAA Weather Radio, and a good “second layer” is a smart phone app like MyWarn, or WeatherRadio. Be sure you and your family can hear severe weather warnings late this afternoon and tonight.

ABC 33/40 COVERAGE: If any part of our TV market is under a tornado warning, you know the deal… we go on the air, and stay on the air. When we have no active tornado warnings, tonight we will be on our live stream, and our digital weather channel “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state. You can access the live stream through any ABC 33/40 app, including the James Spann 24/7 app, or on the ABC 33/40 web site.

REST OF THE WEEK: Rain moves out of the state tomorrow, and the weather turns much cooler with a gusty north breeze. A cut-off upper low will persist north of the state Wednesday, and could keep clouds over the northern third of the state, and maybe even a touch of light rain or drizzle around the Tennessee Valley. A good chance we won’t get out of the 60s Wednesday.

Then, the weather will be delightful Thursday and Friday with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights; highs in the 70s and lows down around 50 degrees. Colder pockets will visit the 40s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Could not be better. Clear weather continues; highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Perfect for race weekend at Talladega, football, or anything else you want to do outdoors.

TROPICS: We have a pair of tropical storms in the Atlantic; Fay is east of Bermuda, and is moving east over the open Atlantic. And, Gonzalo is near the Leeward Islands; it will be near the eastern tip of Puerto Rico after midnight tonight as a strong tropical storm, and should become a hurricane tomorrow as moves over the open Atlantic. These will not impact the U.S. mainland.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We have moved this week’s show to tomorrow night at 8:30p CT due to the severe weather threat tonight.

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I will be doing a weather program today at Oliver Elementary School in Birmingham… we will have frequent updates on the severe weather threat here on the blog through the day, and of course as the event unfolds tonight and tomorrow morning. I will post another detailed discussion by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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