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Windy, Cooler Day For Alabama

| January 23, 2017 @ 5:11 am

STRONG WINDS TODAY: The vigorous storm system that brought multiple rounds of severe storms to the southern U.S. is on the way out this morning…

A deep, 988 millibar surface low is east of Alabama, and the tight gradient on the west side the low will bring north winds of 15-30 mph today, with gusts to 40 mph. A wind advisory is in effect for all 67 Alabama counties.

Otherwise, today will be mostly cloudy and cooler with highs in the 50s; some lingering light rain or drizzle is possible as well, mainly over the eastern half of the state.

MID-WEEK: Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and pleasant; we start the day in the mid 30s, then rising to a high in the low 60s. Clouds return Wednesday, and some light rain is possible late in the day and into Wednesday night. No worries with storms this time, and rain amounts should be 1/4 inch or less. Then, on Thursday, that rain ends during the pre-dawn hours, followed by a partly sunny sky and a high in the 50s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: We expect cool, dry weather across Alabama on these three days. Highs 50-55 Friday and Saturday, then dropping into the 40s Sunday as a new surge of colder air drops in from the north. Coldest morning will come early Sunday with lows between 25 and 29 for most communities.

NEXT WEEK: Cold, dry weather continues at least for the first half of the week with highs mostly in the 40s, and lows in the 20s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

No sign of any issues with severe storms or “winter mischief” for the next 10-15 days around here.

FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY: A pre-dawn severe storm dropped two tornadoes in Jefferson County killing a 16-year-old girl in Clay and an 81-year-old man in Oak Grove. The Center Point/Clay tornado was rated EF-3.

As always, watch me for the full weather story on ABC 33/40 News this evening at 4, 5, 6, and 10:00!

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I will be in Nashville today, so no afternoon Weather Xtreme video, but I will post forecast notes this afternoon… Meaghan Thomas will be covering for me tonight on ABC 33/40 News. I will be back in full service tomorrow… enjoy the day!

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Areal Flood Warning Extended For Parts Of Madison County

| January 23, 2017 @ 2:35 am

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Southwestern Madison County in north central Alabama…

* Until 830 AM CST

* At 520 AM CST, automated rain gauge reports indicated that Indian
     Creek remains in flood stage. Although heavy rainfall has ended,
     runoff will continue to cause minor flooding in the Indian Creek
     basin.


Areal Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Madison County

Jan 23rd @ 2:35 am


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The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a

* Flood Warning for…
     Southwestern Madison County in north central Alabama…

* Until 530 AM CST

* At 234 AM CST, automated rain gauge reports indicated that Indian
     Creek remains in flood stage. Although heavy rainfall has ended
     runoff will continue to cause minor flooding in the Indian Creek
     basin.

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Areal Flood Warning Extended For Parts Of Dekalb And Jackson Counties

| January 23, 2017 @ 2:30 am

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Jackson County in northeastern Alabama…
     DeKalb County in northeastern Alabama…

* Until 1130 AM CST

* At 808 AM CST, automated rain gauges indicated that several creeks
     and streams across Jackson and DeKalb county have reached or
     exceeded bankfull this morning. Specifically, Big Wills Creek in
     downtown Fort Payne has reached 12.3 feet which exceeds the 11
     foot flood stage. As the rainfall has moved out of the area, the
     creek has crested and should slowly recede though the remainder of
     the morning. Otherwise, some low lying areas and normal flood
     prone locations may continue to see high water through the morning
     hours.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
     Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Rainsville, Bridgeport, Little River Canyon
     National Preserve, Henagar, Stevenson, Collinsville, Crossville and
     Sylvania.


Areal Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Dekalb And Jackson Counties

Jan 23rd @ 2:30 am


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The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a

* Flood Warning for…
     Jackson County in northeastern Alabama…
     DeKalb County in northeastern Alabama…

* Until 830 AM CST Monday

* At 224 AM CST, reports from emergency managers and automated rain
     gauges indicated ongoing flooding over portions of the warned
     area, with 2 to 4 inches of rain observed. Although much of the
     heavier rainfall has ended, residual flooding will continue.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
     Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Rainsville, Bridgeport, Little River Canyon
     National Preserve, Henagar, Stevenson, Collinsville, Crossville and
     Sylvania.

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Flash Flood Warning Continues For Parts Of Madison County Until 1245 AM CS

| January 22, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

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At 1044 PM CST, gauge reports indicate that Indian Creek remains
     well above flood stage. The combination of runoff and additional
     rainfall which may impact the basin later this evening will result
     in a continued threat for flash flooding.
     Some locations that will experience flooding include…
     Western Huntsville, Madison, Redstone Arsenal, Triana, Marshall Space
     Flight Center, Huntsville International Airport and Harvest.

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Areal Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Cherokee And Etowah Counties

| January 22, 2017 @ 10:43 pm

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The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Flood Warning for…
     Cherokee County in northeastern Alabama…
     Etowah County in northeastern Alabama…

* Until 445 AM CST Monday

* At 1041 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause
     flooding. One to three inches of rain have already fallen, with
     moderate rain continuing for the next few hours.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
     Gadsden, Rainbow City, Piedmont, Hokes Bluff, Centre, Cedar Bluff,
     Forney, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Centre Municipal
     Airport, Attalla, Glencoe, Sardis City, Leesburg, Reece City, Sand
     Rock, Gaylesville, Tabor Road, Pleasant Gap, Aurora and Noccalula
     Falls.

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Flash Flood Warning Extended For Parts Of Dekalb County

| January 22, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

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National Weather Service Huntsville AL
     1029 PM CST SUN JAN 22 2017
     The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has extended the

* Flash Flood Warning for…
     Big Wills Creek in southeastern DeKalb County in northeastern
     Alabama…

* Until 145 AM CST

* At 1029 PM CST, emergency management officials and NWS trained
     storm spotters reported significant flooding throughout the Big
     Wills Creek basin. Between 4 and 5 inches of rain have already
     fallen, and flash flooding is already occurring. The combination
     of additional rainfall and runoff will result in flash flooding
     continuing into early Monday morning.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
     Fort Payne, Rainsville, Little River Canyon National Preserve,
     Henagar, Collinsville, Crossville, Sylvania, Little River Falls,
     Valley Head and Hammondville.

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Areal Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Cullman, Dekalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, Franklin, And Lincoln Counties

| January 22, 2017 @ 9:29 pm

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The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a

* Flood Warning for…
Jackson County in northeastern Alabama…
Marshall County in northeastern Alabama…
Madison County in north central Alabama…
Limestone County in north central Alabama…
DeKalb County in northeastern Alabama…
Cullman County in north central Alabama…
Morgan County in north central Alabama…
Southeastern Lincoln County in Middle Tennessee…
Franklin County in Middle Tennessee…

* Until 230 AM CST Monday

* At 828 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated persistent and widespread
moderate to heavy rain impacting the warning area. Radar estimates
suggest that most of the warning area has received between two and
four inches of rain since Midnight last night.
Additional rainfall amounts of one to three inches are possible in
the warning area. This flood warning replaces the previous flood
warnings that were in effect for the same region.

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Flash Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Cherokee And Etowah Counties

| January 22, 2017 @ 7:51 pm

Heavy rain continues across North Alabama on the north side of the upper low, which is moving across South Central Alabama.

With the recent drought, it’s hard to imagine that we could be worried about flooding, but the steady rain all afternoon and last night are causing some problems.

The rain over Northwest Alabama should begin pivoting southeastward as the love moves eastward. This could pull it into the Birmingham area later.

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The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
Cherokee County in northeastern Alabama…
Northeastern Etowah County in northeastern Alabama…

* Until 1045 PM CST

* At 749 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the
warned area. More than three inches of rain has already fallen in
the past 6 hours. An additional one to two inches of rain can be
expected.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Gadsden, Hokes Bluff, Centre, Cedar Bluff, Forney, Little River
Canyon National Preserve, Centre Municipal Airport, Glencoe, Sardis
City, Leesburg, Reece City, Sand Rock, Gaylesville, Tabor Road,
Pleasant Gap, Noccalula Falls, Ballplay, Slackland, Western Weiss
Lake and Moshat.

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Areal Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Dekalb, Jackson, Madison, Marshall, And Franklin Counties

| January 22, 2017 @ 7:21 pm

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Eastern Madison County in north central Alabama…
     DeKalb County in northeastern Alabama…
     Southern Franklin County in Middle Tennessee…

* Until 1115 PM CST

* At 720 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated persistent and widespread
     moderate to heavy rain impacting the warning area. Radar estimates
     suggest that most of the warning area has received between one and
     three inches of rain since Midnight.
     Additional rainfall amounts of one to three inches are possible in
     the warning area.

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Areal Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, And Limestone Counties

| January 22, 2017 @ 7:19 pm

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Southeastern Colbert County in northwestern Alabama…
     Eastern Franklin County in northwestern Alabama…
     Lawrence County in northwestern Alabama…

* Until 945 PM CST

* At 653 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated a slow moving band of
     moderate to heavy rain impacting the warning area. Radar estimates
     suggest that most of the warning area has received between one and
     three inches of rain since Midnight.
     Additional rainfall amounts of one to three inches are possible in
     the warning area.

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Areal Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, And Limestone Counties

| January 22, 2017 @ 6:54 pm

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Southeastern Colbert County in northwestern Alabama…
     Eastern Franklin County in northwestern Alabama…
     Lawrence County in northwestern Alabama…

* Until 945 PM CST

* At 653 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated a slow moving band of
     moderate to heavy rain imapcting the warning are. Radar estimates
     suggest that most of the warning area has received between one and
     three inches of rain since Midnight.
     Additional rainfall amounts of one to three inches are possible in
     the warning area.

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Areal Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Cullman, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, And Morgan Counties

| January 22, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

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Limestone County in north central Alabama…
     Cullman County in north central Alabama…
     Morgan County in north central Alabama…

* Until 830 PM CST

* At 534 PM CST, reports from emergency managers, trained weather
     spotters, and the general public confirmed flooding occurring at
     many locations in the warning area. Doppler radar and ground truth
     reports indicate that most of the warning area has received
     between two and four inches of rain since Midnight.
     Additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches are possible in the
     warning area, and this will continue to result in flooding on roads
     and in low lying areas normally more prone to impacts from
     persistent moderate rainfall.

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