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ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:54

Strong thunderstorms over West Alabama will affect Tuscaloosa between 830 and 845 p.m. They could be severe with damaging winds and hail. A tornado is also possible.

This storm is south of Carrollton.

There is a severe thunderstorm warning for Sumter County for storms from Emelle to York that will be affecting areas from Gainesville to Epes to Livingston.

These storms will affect the Birmingham area around 845 p.m.

In Winston County, the storm near Double Springs is rotating and could become severe or produce a tornado.

FAYETTE/WALKER COUNTY
Large trees down on CR 53 4 miles south southeast of Glen Allen. Tree damage reported in Eldridge.

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Very Large Tornado Debris Signature Approaching Eldridge, Nauvoo Up Next

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:41

A very dangerous tornado is approaching AL-118 and Eldridge in Walker County.

It will pass west of Carbon Hill, but could impact Kansas.

BE IN SAFE PLACE NOW!

There is serious tornado damage in Hubbertville, including the high school.

County Road 44 is completely blocked.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Sumter County Until 8:15 PM CDT

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:35

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for until 8:15 PM CDT for Sumter County. A severe thunderstorm is located along a line stretching from near Electric Mills to Near Tamola and Toomsuba, is moving to the east at 55 MPH. Locations in the path are listed below. If you are in the path of this storm, seek shelter immediately.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 734 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR ELECTRIC MILLS TO NEAR TAMOLA TO NEAR TOOMSUBA…
MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LIVINGSTON…YORK…CUBA…GAINESVILLE…EPES…EMELLE…COATOPA…
BLUFFPORT…THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA…DUG HILL…BOYD…GEIGER…
WARSAW…PAYNEVILLE…LILITA…BELMONT…DEMOPOLIS LOCK AND DAM…OLD
MALLARD AIRPORT…MCDOWELL AND BELLAMY.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 20 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 1 AND 23.

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Tornado Warning for Marion/Walker

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:30

Very dangerous tornado now just south of Bazemore in Fayette County, heading toward Eldridge in Walker County.

Kansas and Carbon Hill as well as Nauvoo.

Jasper is not in the warning.

Do not be on I-22 or AL-118 (old US-78).

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 729 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED NEAR GLEN ALLEN…OR 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WINFIELD…
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 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…
WINFIELD…CARBON HILL…GLEN ALLEN…KANSAS…NAUVOO…ELDRIDGE…LUPTON
AND TEXAS.

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Tornado Spotted Near Ardmore in North Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:27

Apparent tornado passed through the town of Ardmore on the Alabama-Tennessee border. Its path will straddle the border, passing near Hazel Green in northern Madison County. Photo courtesy of @RebelsHD.

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Tornado on the Ground in Northern Fayette County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:23

Fayette County Sheriff reporting a tornado on the ground near Unity Church, moving toward Hubbertville and Glen Allen.

Take shelter NOW!

This storm will move toward Eldridge and Kansas, passing just west of Carbon Hill.

To the south, trees are down in Millport. 1.25 inch hail in Kennedy.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING – WINSTON COUNTY UNTIL 7:45 PM CDT

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:22

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued until 7:45 PM CDT for Winston County. A severe thunderstorm is located over Ashridge, is moving to the northeast at 50 MPH. Locations in the path of this storm are Double Springs, Moreland, Brushy Lake, Winston Free State Barn, Ashridge, Sipsey River Recreation Area, Grayson, Pebble and Western Bankhead National Forest. If you are in the path of this storm, seek shelter immediately.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 745 PM CDT

* AT 722 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER ASHRIDGE…OR
9 MILES EAST OF HALEYVILLE…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE
TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO MOBILE HOMES…
ROOFS…AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
DOUBLE SPRINGS…MORELAND…BRUSHY LAKE…WINSTON FREE STATE BARN…
ASHRIDGE…SIPSEY RIVER REC AREA…GRAYSON…PEBBLE AND WESTERN
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST.

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Second Tornado Warning for Fayette County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:03

The NWS just upgraded the tornado warning for northern Fayette County to OBSERVED. Strong hook, strong rotation indicated 10 miles southwest of Glen Allen. It is crossing US-43 rightnow. It will impact Bazemore and eventually Eldridge or Carbon Hill in Walker County.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 745 PM CDT

* AT 702 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED NEAR BLUFF…OR NEAR FAYETTE…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25
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…
WINFIELD…GLEN ALLEN…BLUFF…HUBBERTVILLE AND BAZEMORE.

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Tornado Warning for Fayette County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:59

A TORNADO WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR FAYETTE COUNTY!

Dangerous storm with a history of producing tornadoes is approaching Kennedy and will be moving into Fayette County. It should pass between Belk and Newtonville.

There is a tornado debris signature indicated southeast of Millport.

This storm is moving into an area of especially high low level helicity or spin. Instabilities are high, and this storm will continue to produce tornadoes.

Be in safe shelter as it approaches!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

* AT 658 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED NEAR KENNEDY…OR NEAR MILLPORT…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30
MPH.

HAZARD…TORNADO AND GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL.

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…
FAYETTE…BERRY…BELK…BANKSTON…BOLEY SPRINGS…RICHARD ARTHUR
FIELD…FAYETTE COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE…STONE WALL AND BEVILL STATE
COLLEGE FAYETTE.

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Several Storms Impacting, About to Impact Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:49

UPDATE AT 651 PM
Strong indications of a tornado now near Millport, It will move toward Kennedy. Be in safe shelter now.

Hail to the size of baseball may occur.

Trees are down near Millport.

This storm will be moving into Fayette County shortly. We want our friends in Fayette County from Belk to Newtonville including Fayette to go ahead and move to safe shelter. No mobile homes. No vehicles. Be in a well built home or building or tornado shelter.

As expected, numerous severe thunderstorms are crossing the state line into Alabama from Mississippi.

A tornado warning is in effect for parts of Pickens and Lamar Counties. There have been photographs of a tornado from this storm. The tornado is now across US-82 north of Ethelsville and will move toward Millport and Kennedy. Large hail will fall in Millport shortly. This storm is cycling and could produce another tornado at any time.

Pickens County EMA is confirming tornado touchdown.

The warned storm near Smithville has produced golfball sized hail in Amory. This storm will impact northwestern Marion County, northwest of Hamilton.

Another severe storm near Fulton MS will impact extreme NW Marion and Franklin Counties as well.

The storm entering Kemper County MS will impact northern Sumter County between 715-730 p.m.

A tornado continues for Launderdale and Limestone Counties as well in North Alabama.

LATE NOTE ON THE WATCH
Three counties have been added to the tornado watch: Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery till 1:00 AM CDT.

The watch continues for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Coutnies in Central Alabama till 1:00 AM CDT.

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Watch County Notification

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:47

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.
WWUS64 KBMX 312346
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 72
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
646 PM CDT THU MAR 31 2016

ALC051-085-101-010600-
/O.EXA.KBMX.TO.A.0072.000000T0000Z-160401T0600Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED TORNADO WATCH 72 TO
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 1 AM CDT FRIDAY

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 3 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

ELMORE LOWNDES MONTGOMERY

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…FORT DEPOSIT…LOWNDESBORO…
MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY AND WETUMPKA.

$$

ALC001-007-009-021-037-047-057-063-065-073-075-091-093-105-107-
115-117-119-121-125-127-133-010600-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.A.0072.000000T0000Z-160401T0600Z/

TORNADO WATCH 72 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 1 AM CDT FRIDAY FOR THE
FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 22 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

AUTAUGA BIBB BLOUNT
CHILTON COOSA DALLAS
JEFFERSON PERRY SHELBY
ST. CLAIR TALLADEGA WALKER

IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA

MARION WINSTON

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

FAYETTE GREENE HALE
LAMAR MARENGO PICKENS
SUMTER TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALICEVILLE…
BIRMINGHAM…BRENT…CARROLLTON…CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…
COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…EUTAW…FAYETTE…GREENSBORO…
HALEYVILLE…HAMILTON…HOOVER…JASPER…LINDEN…LIVINGSTON…
MARION…MOODY…MOUNDVILLE…ONEONTA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…
PRATTVILLE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…SULLIGENT…SYLACAUGA…
TALLADEGA…TUSCALOOSA…UNIONTOWN…VERNON AND YORK.

$$

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Marengo County until 7:30 PM CDT

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:33

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Marengo County until 7:30 PM CDT. 60 MPH wind gusts and large damaging hail are the main threats from this storm. Area in the path are Sweet Water, Dixon’s Mill, Magnolia, Vineland, Surginer, Wayne, Shawnee, Putnam, Nicholsville, Clayhill, and Slater. If you are in the path of this storm, please seek shelter.

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
633 PM CDT THU MAR 31 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWESTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

* AT 632 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PUTNAM…OR 12
MILES SOUTHEAST OF BUTLER…MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SWEET WATER…DIXONS MILL…MAGNOLIA…VINELAND…SURGINER…WAYNE…
SHAWNEE…PUTNAM…NICHOLSVILLE…CLAYHILL AND SLATER.

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Tornado Warning for Pickens and Lamar

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:23

No one should be driving between Reform and the Mississippi border on US-82.

The tornado will pass northwest of Ethelsville.

It will move toward Millport and Kennedy.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

* AT 622 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED NEAR COLUMBUS…MOVING EAST AT 25 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…
ETHELSVILLE AROUND 635 PM CDT.
MILLPORT AROUND 700 PM CDT.
KENNEDY AROUND 720 PM CDT.
ASHCRAFT CORNER AROUND 725 PM CDT.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Pickens and Lamar

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:12

That is a dangerous storm south of Columbus MS.

It has large hail (2” possible) and decent rotation.

It will be moving gradually into an area of enhanced low level helicity.

A tornado could form at any time.

This storm will move across US-82 northwest of Macedonia and cross into southern Lamar County. It will threaten Millport and Vernon.

The storm southwest of Aberdeen will impact Marion County before 7 p.m. as well.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

* AT 612 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER COLUMBUS…
MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT HAIL
DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…WINDOWS…AND VEHICLES. EXPECT
WIND DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MILLPORT…KENNEDY…ETHELSVILLE…ASHCRAFT CORNER…FOREST…MELBORNE…
SHAW…CODY…STAR AND HIGHTOGY.

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New Tornado Watch Until 1 AM CDT for Much of West and Central AL

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:03

A tornado watch has just been issued until 1 AM CDT for much of west and central Alabama. Main threats in this watch area will be from isolated hail (up to ping pong ball size), damaging wind gusts up to 70 MPH, and a few tornadoes possible. If you are in this watch area, please be ready to seek shelter if a polygon warning is issued for your community. Please get the word out to any friends and relatives who live in this watch area, just in case they have not heard about the watch.

Birmingham NWS Counties include: Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston and all counties in North Alabama except Dekalb.

A Tornado Warning has just been issued for Choctaw County until 6:30 PM CDT. This storm is moving east at 30 to 35 MPH, and will be near Silas at 6:10 PM, and Gilberton and Toxey around 6:15 PM.

Storms over MIssissippi will be crossing the line into Alabama between now and 6 p.m. They will affect Sumter and Pickens Counties first. The storm near Dekalb MS produced golf ball sized hail in Neshoba County earlier.

The storm in north Noxubee County MS will affect Lamar County, Alabama. The storm northeast of Ackerman will pass west of Starkville and West Point. It could affect Marion County between 7-730 p.m.

The most intense storms right now are in the Jackson MS area. They will be into Alabama between 730 and 8 p.m.

We continue to track all the storms closely and will keep you posted throughout the night.

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Watch Coming by 6 p.m. for Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 17:06

The SPC warns that a new tornado watch will be required for much of West Central Alabama within the hour.

Read the graphic above for their complete text, but basically the discrete cells over Mississippi will pose problems as they move into Alabama, especially as they interact with a boundary that exists generally along US-280 and I-22 back into northeast Mississippi.

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Here is an Update on the Alabama Weather Situation at 445 p.m.

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 16:47

You knew it was serious when J.B. started his NOAA Weatheradio updates with “Here is an update on the Alabama Weather Situation…”

Temperatures at this moment range from the upper 60s to lower 70s north of the I-20 corridor, with dewpoints in lower to mid 60s. South of I-20, you can find temps in the middle to upper 70s, with dewpoints in the mid to upper 60s.

A Flash Flood Watch continues in effect for the entire state of Alabama. Flash Flood Warnings are currently in effect for Geneva and Houston counties until 5:30 PM CDT. A Tornado Watch continues in effect for northern Mississippi and western Tennessee Until 10 PM CDT. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues in effect for counties in central Tennessee, northern Arkansas, and southeastern Arkansas until 10 PM CDT.

Left side panels show HRRR model output at 8 p.m. Large panel shows curent radar and warnings (severe thunderstorm yellow, tornado red).

ACTIVE ALL AROUND US
Severe thunderstorms are firing like a string of firecrackers in the unstable air to the north, west and southwest of Alabama. Storms have become severe along and south of I-20 across northern Louisiana and South Central Mississippi.

The storm approaching Tallulah LA, just across the Mississippi River from Vicksburg has produced 1” hail. Radar indicated the hail might have reached tennis ball size in spots. This same storm knocked down trees in Franklin Parish as well.

A severe storm is about to cross I-20 west of Meridian. This storm will eventually affect Sumter County, Alabama between 6-7 p.m.

Another severe storm will cross I-59 near Laurel within the hour and a new warning just went up for the area around Kosciusko MS.

Severe storms are approaching the Memphis area. Several severe storms are over southern Tennessee. A tornado warning is in effect northeast of Henderson TN, where a funnel cloud was sighted. Severe storms will be approaching Nashville in just over an hour.

There are severe thunderstorm warnings as far north of Frankfort KY.

Tornado watches now cover southern Tennessee and much of Mississippi. Severe thunderstorm watches cover northern Louisiana, southeastern Arkansas and Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

CLOSER TO HOME
Currently, most of the state is relatively free from rain, except for the extreme southeastern part of the state. A hefty thunderstorm is pushing its way east through Geneva and Houston counties. This storm has a history of knocking power lines down earlier in the western part of Geneva county. It has also produced large rain totals, as the Double Creek Bridge MESONET site 4 miles east-northeast on Samson in Geneva County reported a total of 2.72 inches so far.

MOVING THROUGH THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS

The storms over northern Louisiana and South Central Mississippi will move into Alabama between 7-8 p.m. They will encounter a moderately unstable airmass with CAPE values between 1,000-1,500 joules/kg. So the storms should remain strong.

Speed shear between 0-6 km should be running 40-45 knots then, which is supportive of organized storms.

Low level helicity should be between 200-300 m2/s2, which is indicative of a tornado threat.

A developing 850 mb jet will enhance the damaging wind threat. Large hail is a threat as well, especially over Northwest Alabama.

The storms should reach Tuscaloosa between 8-9 p.m. and Birmingham between 9-10 p.m. They will likely congeal into a long squall line around midnight in the I-59 Corridor that will slowly sink southward in the hours after midnight.

The good news is that the severe weather overnight should end when the line of storms drops south of your location as the instability will have been exhausted by then.

SPC RISKS:
A slight risk now covers the entire state overnight. An enhanced risk, one level above slight, covers areas northwest of a line from Livingston to Sylacauga to Talladega to Arab to north of Florence. Cities in the enhanced risk area include Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Alabaster, Oneonta, Cullman, Jasper, Hamilton, Fayette, Vernon, Carrolton and Eutaw.

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Enhanced Risk Now Includes Birmingham and Much of North AL

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 15:14

The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma, has updated the severe risks for the remainder of the day. The ENHANCED RISK for severe weather now encompases much of north-central Alabama, northern Mississippi, and western Tennessee.

Severe thunderstorms with the greatest threat for tornadoes and large hail will be centered over northern Mississippi and Alabama this afternoon and evening. Major cities affected in in this new outlook include Birmingham, Hoover, Tuscaloosa, Jackson MS, and Memphis TN.

The slight risk now expands from the Gulf Coast of Alabama and the panhandle of Florida, up north through Indiana and the extreme southern part of Michigan.

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Volatile Atmosphere Over Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 14:48

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

MIDDAY LULL: As expected, we are getting a nice break from the rain this afternoon, and with some sunshine temperatures are rising through the 70s, making for an unstable atmosphere.

TO THE WEST: A new tornado watch has just been issued for parts of Arkansas and Mississippi until 10:00 p.m..

Showers and storms will increase rapidly in coming hours across Mississippi and Alabama, and parameters still favor severe storms with heavy rain. Below is the forecast STP (Significant Tornado Parameter) at 8:00 p.m.. showing the highest risk of tornadoes…

Here is our projected timing…

All modes of severe storms will be possible tonight with the stronger storms, including hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes. A strong tornado is not out of the question in the “enhanced risk” from Birmingham north and west.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: It remains in effect tonight; additional rain amounts of 2 inches are possible.

CALL TO ACTION: Be sure you can hear severe weather watches and warnings, and know where you are going if you come under a tornado warning polygon. And, be sure and have a readiness kit in that “safe place”, including helmets. For additional information, including thoughts on apps for your phone, please see this post.

TOMORROW: Still a mystery to some degree with model madness, but no doubt the highest threat of severe weather will shift down into South Alabama.

We will hang on to the chance of a few lingering showers tomorrow across Central Alabama; the day will be mostly cloudy with a high in the 70s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Sunny weather is the story Saturday and Sunday with chilly nights; we will get down into the upper 30s early Sunday morning, and some of the valleys and colder spots could be close to freezing with frost. Growers will need to monitor temperatures.

NEXT WEEK: We will be dry Monday through Tuesday; the new GFS run (12Z) now shows a band of showers moving through the state Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night, followed by sharply colder air Thursday and Friday. Looks like another frost/freeze threat Friday and Saturday morning. Never plant anything that will be harmed by frost or a freeze before April 15 around here.

AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms are likely on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through tomorrow, but the weekend will be drier. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING: Storm Spotter Xtreme is coming up Saturday, April 9 at the BJCC from 9am to 2pm. This will feature both the basic and advanced SKYWARN classes, along with a session from Kevin Laws of the Birmingham NWS office. And, if you come, you get free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, going on at the BJCC that same day. There is no cost and no need to register. Just show up with a curious mind. Kids 10 and older will also enjoy this if they love weather and want to learn more. Please help us make the severe weather warning process better!

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Stay tuned to the blog for frequent updates tonight as storms blow through the state. The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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New Tornado Watch Until 10 PM CDT for MS, TN, and AR

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 14:45

A tornado watch has just been issued until 10 PM CDT for the northern two-thirds of Mississippi, eight counties in southwestern Tennessee (Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Henderson, Madison, McNairy), and just two counties in Arkansas (Lee and Phillips). Main threats in this watch area will be from damaging hail (up to tennis ball size), damaging wind gusts up to 70 MPH, and a few possible strong tornadoes. If you have friends or relatives in these areas, please give them a call and be sure they know of the situation.

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