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Flash Flood Warning for Fayette, Tuscaloosa, Walker & SW Jefferson Counties

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 18:44

Intense rainfall has fallen over parts of Fayette, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Southwestern Jefferson Counties. Radar indicates that 3-6 inches of rain has fallen from Elrod to Samantha to Gorgas. Heavy rain is still occurring in these areas.

Life threatening flooding is occurring all over north and north-central Alabama today.

Turn around and don’t drown!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
SOUTH CENTRAL FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTH CENTRAL WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 845 PM CST

* AT 542 PM CST…MULTIPLE THUNDERSTORMS ARE PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN
ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. UP TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY
FALLEN IN THE PAST HOUR IN SOME LOCATIONS. FLASH FLOODING IS
EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNED
AREA.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 20 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 73 AND 76.

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Tornado Warning for Chilton and Bibb

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 18:39

UPDATE 542PM
The storm in Chilton County is now weaker and signs of rotation have faded.

ORIGINAL POST
Possible tornado near Randolph, heading toward Jemison.

Take cover as this dangerous storm approaches!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 600 PM CST

* AT 525 PM CST…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR LAWLEY…OR 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
JEMISON…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…TORNADO.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT…FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
DAMAGE TO ROOFS…WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CALERA…JEMISON…THORSBY…MAPLESVILLE…CHILTON COUNTY MOTOR
SPORTS PARK…LAWLEY…LAY LAKE…RANDOLPH…CAMPBELL…MINOOKA
PARK…WAXAHATCHEE CREEK AND TRIO.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 65 NEAR MILE MARKER 219.

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Tornado Warning for Birmingham!

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 18:26

UPDATE 536 PM
The tornado warng has expired for Jefferson County. The storm has weakened.

People are trapped in homes 2 miles south of Fairfield. Structures damaged.

UPDATE 524 PM
The tornado warning continues for Jefferson County.

The tornado that was confirmed over western Birmingham appears to have weakened.

But a new circulation may be forming near the Airport.

This tornado could impact Woodlawn, Roebuck, Huffman, Trussville and Irondale.

UPDATE 504 PM
The tornado is likely crossing I-65 between Green Springs and Valley Ave at this time.

The tornado could impact UAB, Southside, downtown Birmingham, Valley Avenue, English Village, Highland Avenue and Irondale.

Golf ball sized hail was reported at 504 p.m. at I-65 and I-20.

The Tower at BHM has been evacuated.

ORIGINAL POST
A confirmed tornado is just east of Midfield.

Strong rotation and tornado debris signature just east of Midfield.

The tornado will move across western sections of Birmingham and could impact downtown Birmingham.

Other areas that will be impacted include Shannon, RossBridge, Homewood, Southside, Downtown, Airport, Tarrant, Irondale, Woodlawn, Roebuck, Huffman and eventually Trussville.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
EAST CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 545 PM CST

* AT 455 PM CST…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED OVER SOUTHWESTERN BIRMINGHAM…MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…TORNADO.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT…FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
DAMAGE TO ROOFS…WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR…
HOOVER AROUND 500 PM CST.
BIRMINGHAM…BIRMINGHAM FAIRGOUNDS AND ENSLEY AROUND 505 PM CST.
LEGION FIELD AND BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE AROUND 510 PM CST.
VESTAVIA HILLS…HOMEWOOD…U.A.B. CAMPUS…REGIONS FIELD…FIVE
POINTS SOUTH…B.J.C.C. AND SAMFORD UNIVERSITY AROUND 515 PM CST.
MOUNTAIN BROOK AROUND 520 PM CST.
KINGSTON AND CAHABA HEIGHTS AROUND 525 PM CST.
BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT AND KETONA LAKES AROUND 530 PM CST.
IRONDALE…FULTONDALE AND TARRANT AROUND 535 PM CST.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE
HIGHLAND PARK GOLF COURSE…RUFFNER MOUNTAIN…BIRMINGHAM ZOO…
VULCAN PARK…LIBERTY PARK…CLOVERDALE…RICKWOOD FIELD AND
DANVILLE.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…
INTERSTATE 65 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 254 AND 262.
INTERSTATE 459 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 23 AND 27.
INTERSTATE 59 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 130 AND 134.
INTERSTATE 20 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 113 AND 136.

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Flash Flood Warning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 18:18

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.
WGUS54 KHUN 252317
FFWHUN
ALC043-260245-
/O.EXT.KHUN.FF.W.0016.000000T0000Z-151226T0245Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
517 PM CST FRI DEC 25 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS EXTENDED THE

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

* UNTIL 845 PM CST

* AT 515 PM CST…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLASH FLOODING
ACROSS MUCH OF CULLMAN COUNTY. MANY ROADS ARE STILL COVERED BY
FAST FLOWING WATER. IN SEVERAL AREAS OF NORTHEASTERN CULLMAN
COUNTY…BRIDGES HAVE BEEN WASHED AWAY ENTIRELY. WHILE THE RAIN IS
NOT AS HEAVY AS EARLIER TODAY…FLOODING WILL CONTINUE WELL INTO
THE EVENING. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE UNLESS YOU HAVE TO. IT IS HARDER
AT NIGHT TO RECOGNIZE IF A ROAD IS FLOODED!

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
COLONY…BREMEN…WILBURN…BLACK BOTTOM…ARKADELPHIA AND SMITH
LAKE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING.

TURN AROUND…DONT DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

&&

LAT…LON 3389 8701 3390 8710 3392 8708 3399 8715
3399 8711 3402 8711 3401 8674 3395 8679
3396 8682 3394 8682 3395 8684 3393 8686
3394 8688 3392 8689 3391 8692 3387 8692
3386 8696 3386 8699

$$

73

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Flash Flood Warning for Cullman County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 18:16

Four to six inches of rain has fallen across much of Cullman County. This is a life threatening flood situation. Please do not drive across the flood warning areas of North Alabama tonight!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS EXTENDED THE

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

* UNTIL 845 PM CST

* AT 513 PM CST…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLASH FLOODING
ACROSS MUCH OF CULLMAN COUNTY. MANY ROADS ARE STILL COVERED BY
FAST FLOWING WATER. IN SEVERAL AREAS OF NORTHEASTERN CULLMAN
COUNTY…BRIDGES HAVE BEEN WASHED AWAY ENTIRELY. WHILE THE RAIN IS
NOT AS HEAVY AS EARLIER TODAY…FLOODING WILL CONTINUE WELL INTO
THE EVENING. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE UNLESS YOU HAVE TO. IT IS HARDER
AT NIGHT TO RECOGNIZE IF A ROAD IS FLOODED!

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…
SARDIS…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…BAILEYTON AND WEST POINT.

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Confirmed Tornado in Western Birmingham!

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 18:00

A confirmed tornado is just east of Midfield.

Strong rotation and tornado debris signature just east of Midfield.

The tornado will move across western sections of Birmingham and could impact downtown Birmingham.

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Tornado Warning for Jefferson County!

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 17:33

UPDATE 451PM
Matthew Grantham at the NWS is monitoring our tornadic storm. The warning is being allowed to expire. But this storm is still very dangerous and could spin back up at any time.

UPDATE 448PM
Possible tornado is passing just east of Hueytown, between Hueytown and Brighton. It will pass near or just west of Brighton, Midfield and Fairfield. The circulation seems to have weakened slightly, but has a history of cycling up and down. A funnel cloud was reported near Alabama Adventure at 438 p.m.

ORIGINAL POST
Radar shows strong indication of a developing tornado near North Johns or just southwest of Bessemer at 426 p.m.

It is moving northeast and could affect:

I-59 between MM 104 and MM 113
Bessemer
Hueytown
SW Bessemer
Pleasant Grove
Lipscomb
Brighton
McAdory
McCalla
Weller
The Promenade
Tannehill
and Dolomite

This same storm produce a confirmed tornado near Vance. Trees were reported down there.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTH CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CST

* AT 424 PM CST…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED OVER NORTH JOHNS…OR 8 MILES WEST OF
BESSEMER…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…TORNADO.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT…FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
DAMAGE TO ROOFS…WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

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Flash Flood Warning Jefferson, Blount, Walker, St. Clair Counties

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 17:29

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN BLOUNT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
EASTERN WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CST

* AT 423 PM CST…THE PUBLIC REPORTED WIDESPREAD FLOODING ACROSS THE
ONEONTA AREA IN BLOUNT COUNTY. ADDITIONAL THUNDERSTORMS MOVING
THROUGH THE WARNED AREA WILL QUICKLY FILL UP STREAMS AND CREEKS
AND OVERFLOW DRAINAGE AREAS. RADAR ESTIMATES BETWEEN ONE AND 3
INCHES HAVE ALREADY FALLEN IN PARTS OF THE AREA WITH ANOTHER ONE
TO THREE INCHES POSSIBLE.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…
INTERSTATE 65 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 271 AND 282.
INTERSTATE 59 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 141 AND 156.

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Flash Flood EMERGENCY for Marion/Winston

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 17:15

The above graphic shows the accumulated rainfall over Marion and Winston Counties. WEll over 5 inches has fallen in spots. 7 inches has fallen in Hamilton. Flooding is widespread.

This is a life threatening flooding situation!

Please do not drive across the warning areas in North Alabama.

Remember, turn around, don’t drown!

…FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR MARION AND WINSTON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…
MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CST

* AT 408 PM CST…DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUES TO SHOW THUNDERSTORMS
PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. OVER 7 INCHES OF RAIN
HAS BEEN MEASURED OVER PARTS OF THE AREA WITH SEVERAL REPORTS OF
EXTREME FLOODING THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR MARION AND WINSTON COUNTIES.

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Confirmed Tornado in Tuscaloosa County!

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 16:50

UPDATE 405 PM
The warning has been allowed to expire. The storm is northwest of Lake View and appears to be cycling. It could produce rotation again at any time. It will pass into rural western Jefferson County shortly.

ORIGINAL POST
A confirmed tornado is indicated by radar near Coaling in eastern Tuscaloosa County.

Radar indicates a tornado debris signature.

It is moving northeast toward Vance, Caffee Junction, Lake View and Abernant.

Take cover immediately in these areas!

A funnel cloud was reported 3 miles WSW of the Mercedes Plant. The tornado will pass very near the Mercedes Plant.

LATE PICTURE AT 350P FROM TWITTER
POSSIBLE TORNADO NEAR COALING

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 400 PM CST

* AT 335 PM CST…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED OVER COALING…OR 13 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HOLT…
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

HAZARD…TORNADO.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT…FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
DAMAGE TO ROOFS…WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR…
VANCE AND MERCEDES BENZ OF ALABAMA AROUND 340 PM CST.
BROOKWOOD AND NORTH BIBB AROUND 350 PM CST.
ABERNANT AROUND 355 PM CST.
LAKE VIEW AND TANNEHILL IRONWORKS STATE PARK AROUND 400 PM CST.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE CEDAR
COVE…I 20 REST AREA NEAR TUSCALOOSA…CAFFEE JUNCTION…BUCKSVILLE
AND EAST BROOKWOOD.

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Flash Flood Warning: NE Blount County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 16:50

Turn around, don’t drown!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 645 PM CST

* AT 346 PM CST…THE PUBLIC REPORTED AREAS OF FLASH FLOODING IN
NORTHERN BLOUNT COUNTY. DOPPLER RADAR ALSO SHOWS CONTINUOUS
THUNDERSTORMS MOVING THROUGH THE AREA.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED AREA.

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Flash Flood Warning Southern Cullman County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 16:45

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 545 PM CST

* AT 344 PM CST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED PERSISTENT THUNDERSTORMS
PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS EXTREME SOUTHERN CULLMAN COUNTY NEAR
ARKADELPHIA AND COLONY. UP TO ONE INCH OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN.
FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY AS THE HEAVY RAIN
CONTINUES AND RUNOFF FROM UPSTREAM FLOODING FILTERS INTO THE
REGION.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
COLONY…BREMEN…WILBURN…BLACK BOTTOM…ARKADELPHIA AND SMITH
LAKE.

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Flash Flood Warning for Fayette, Lamar and Walker

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 15:51

As heavy rain builds into Lamar, Fayette and Walker Counties, flash flood warnings have been issued.

Here are accumulated rainfall totals from Doppler radar.

Life threatening flooding is also occurring across Marion and Winston Counties as well as much of North Alabama.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 745 PM CST

* AT 249 PM CST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. FLASH FLOODING IS
EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY. RAIN AMOUNTS MAY BE UP TO 4 INCHES IN A
SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
JASPER…WINFIELD…FAYETTE…CORDOVA…CARBON HILL…VERNON…
SULLIGENT…MILLPORT…BERRY…PARRISH…OAKMAN…GLEN ALLEN…
KENNEDY…DETROIT…KANSAS…NAUVOO…BELK…BEAVERTON…GU-WIN AND
ELDRIDGE.

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Flooding Ongoing, Severe Weather Still in the Cards

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 14:49

An impressive southwesterly flow aloft is transporting tremendous amounts of very moist Gulf air all the way out of the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and even the eastern Pacific into Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

A low level jet at 5,000 feet is pouring water like a firehose into the Northwest and West Central Alabama. Heavy showers and storms are flowing northeastward in the river of moisture across Louisiana, Mississippi and into North Alabama.

Life threatening flooding in ongoing across North Alabama. Flash flood warnings are in effect now for the following Counties:

Jackson, Madison, Marshall and Morgan til 7:30 pm.
Colbert, Franklin and Lawrence til 6:30 pm.
Cullman til 5:45 pm.
Marion/Winston til 430 pm.
Limestone til 345 pm.
Blount til 3:30 pm.
DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall til 2:45 pm.

Look for many of these warnings to be extended.

Numerous roads and bridges are washed out, roads are closed or covered by water and water rescues have been ongoing. Travel is not recommended in the warned areas. And the bad news is, several more inches of rain may fall over North Alabama before the mass of rain moves out.

Across Central Alabama, serious flooding is ongoing in parts of Chilton and Shelby Counties. In Columbiana, CR-30, CR-27 and Horton Road are all impasable due to mudslides. People are trapped in their homes.

CR-145 and AL-1 are flooded in Chilton County. 3.90 inches of rain fell this morning at Union Grove in Chilton County.

Severe weather may also be a problem with time as storms break out in the unstable air south of the rain area.

Record temperatures have already been established at Anniston and Birmingham with 77F and 79F at Tuscaloosa.

South of the rain mass, CAPE values are between 1,000-2,000 j/kg. One limiting factor is that low level and mid-level lapse rates (the rate with which temperature decreases with height) is not very impressive.

Bulk wind shear of 400 m2/ms is keeping the storms organized, but low level helicities are not very impressive for tornado development.

The storms should begin to push south this afternoon and reach the I-59 corridor around 7-9 p.m. tonight pushing on southeastward and weakening slowly with time.

While there are no severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings right now, it will not be out of the question this afternoon. A slight risk severe weather outlook is maintained by the SPC for areas in North Central Alabama north of I-59, including Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Gadsden as well as Jasper, Hamilton, Cullman and Fayette.

Additional rains this evening over already waterlogged parts of Central Alabama may renew flooding concerns there as well.

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Update to Record Warmth Vigil

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 14:41

It only took an hour for all network reporting stations in Central Alabama to set new record highs for this date.

The temperature reported at the Anniston-Oxford airport at 1 pm was 77 degrees, so this has set a new record high by exceeding the previous record of 73 degrees set in 1982.

At Tuscaloosa, the 1 pm observation showed 79 degrees. This breaks by one degree the previous record of 78 set in 1987.

In Birmingham, it was a similar story. The 1 pm weather observation was 77 degrees, breaking the old record of 74 set in 1987.

It’s quite possible that all stations will go up another few degrees before the sun begins to set and the temperature falls back. We’ll have to wait to see what the final entry will be in the record books, but we know we have set new records. I guess if you can’t have a white Christmas, you might as well have a warm one.

-Brian-

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Merry Christmas from the Alabama News Center!

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 14:40

Christmas lights aren’t the only thing making life brighter these days. Sharing some of our favorite good news stories from around the state this past week from our friends at Alabama NewsCenter seems like a perfect way to wish you a Merry Christmas!

We are putting our weekly roundup of stories from the Alabama News Center on a dedicated page today because the blog is in high traffic mode in anticipation of severe weather.

Click here to read all the good news!

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Flash Flood Warning for Blount County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 13:37

Blount County is experiencing serious flooding as well.

Radar estimates indicate over four inches of rain has falledn in the northern tip of Blount County around Summit.

Please remember, turn around, don’t drown.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 330 PM CST

* AT 1235 PM CST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. UP TO TWO INCHES OF
RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN AND AN ADDITIONAL 2 INCHES OF RAIN IS
POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN
SHORTLY OR IS ALREADY OCCURRING.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
BLOUNTSVILLE…SNEAD…SUSAN MOORE…STRAWBERRY…MCLARTY AND
BROOKSVILLE.

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Flash Flood Emergency for Lamar and Winston

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 13:30

…FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR MARION AND WINSTON COUNTIES…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…
MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CST

* AT 1226 PM CST…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS UP TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAVE FALLEN. AN ADDITIONAL
3 INCHES OR MORE ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON. FLASH FLOODING IS
ALREADY OCCURRING IN SPOTS!

THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR MARION AND WINSTON COUNTIES.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
HAMILTON…HALEYVILLE…LYNN…ARLEY…GUIN…HACKLEBURG…DOUBLE
SPRINGS…BRILLIANT…ADDISON…NAUVOO…SARDIS…CAMP MCDOWELL…
HELICON…BRUSHY LAKE…SMITH LAKE…ASHBANK…INMANFIELD…
NEEDMORE…POPLAR SPRINGS AND FALLS CITY.

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Record Warmth Vigil

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 13:25

Just stepping outside and you feel how warm it is immediately especially when you know that it is late December. Well, as of 12 noon, two record highs have been equalled and one record high has been exceeded in Central Alabama.

The temperature reported at the Anniston-Oxford airport at 12 noon was 76 degrees. This set a new record high – so far – by exceeding the previous record of 73 degrees set in 1982.

Tuscaloosa and Birmingham at 12 noon have equalled their record highs. The record for Tuscaloosa is 78 set in 1987 and for Birmingham is 74 set in 1987. It’s highly likely that both of these records will fall especially when you look at the satellite image below which shows a number of breaks in the clouds. It should not take much sunshine to push these values up at least a degree.

-Brian-

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Flash Flood Warning for Cullman County Until 545 p.m.

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 12:49

Serious flooding in ongoing across North Alabama at this hour.

Here are rainfall accumulations from Doppler radar.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 545 PM CST

* AT 1146 AM CST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS
PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS NORTHERN CULLMAN COUNTY…UP TO TWO
INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO
BEGIN SHORTLY.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…
SARDIS…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…BAILEYTON AND WEST POINT.

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