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Tornado Warning Lamar/Marion

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:52

Rotation is indicated in the thunderstorm between Guin and Hamilton. It is moving northeast toward Bear Creek and Hackleburg.

A LATE NOTE At 7:04, the warning is canceled for Lamar County. The storm has moved out of the county.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
EASTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

* AT 649 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF GUIN…OR 9 MILES SOUTH OF
HAMILTON…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BRINN…HACKLEBURG…MARION COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE…PIKEVILLE…
PEARCES MILL…TESSNER AND BEAR CREEK.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 16 THROUGH 22…

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Fatality in Walker County, Severe Weather Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:44

The Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper reports that there has been a fatality in Dora when a tree fell on a house from this afternoon’s activity.

There was also a fatality last night when a tree fell on a car in Ashdown AR.

Just underscores the fact that there is a very real threat from trees falling on homes and cars.

RADAR UPDATE
The line of intense storms is now entering Lamar and Pickens Counties. It is bowing out in that area, indicating a high probability of damaging winds.

It should reach the Tuscaloosa area by 7:30 p.m. and the Birmingham area between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

SEVERE WEATHER STILL LIKELY
Conditions are still very favorable for severe weather tonight across Central Alabama. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight.

Instabilities are running 500-1,000 j/kg over the northern half of the state, with values over 1,000 j/kg surging northward into Central Alabama. Lifted condensation levels are at 750m, which is prime for tornado development. And storm relative helicities in the lowest 1 km of the atmosphere are actually pretty high, running 20 m2/s2 in areas north of I-59.

So damaging wind will be the main threat, but an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.

Pay attention to the weather overnight and review your safety rules.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lamar/Pickens

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:05

These storms have a history of wind damage in Mississippi.

The radar indications are also strong that there will be damaging winds with them.

There is a confirmed fatality in Dora in Walker County from a tree falling on a house.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 700 PM CDT

* AT 600 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
COLUMBUS AFB TO 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NEW HOPE TO 11 MILES WEST OF
BEVILL LOCK AND DAM…AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PICKENSVILLE…CARROLLTON…MILLPORT…VERNON…SULLIGENT…
REFORM…GORDO AND BEVILL LOCK AND DAM.

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Tornado Warning for Marion County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:44

A funnel cloud has been reported near Bexar.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 515 PM CDT

Here is the reflectivity display on the left and storm relative velocity on the right. You can see the rotation near Bexar, supporting the possibility of that funnel cloud.

* AT 442 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF WESTON…OR 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF
HAMILTON…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SHOTTSVILLE.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 3 THROUGH 7…

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Northern Cullman, Morgan, Marshall

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:27

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
NORTHERN CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 423 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS AROUND 70 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM 6 MILES SOUTH OF FALKVILLE TO NEAR
AURORA…AND MOVING NORTH AT 55 MPH. DAMAGING WINDS TO AROUND 70
MPH HAVE BEEN REPORTED WITH THIS LINE OF STORMS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marion County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:26

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 515 PM CDT

* AT 423 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NEW SALEM…OR 13
MILES NORTHEAST OF AMORY…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BEXAR AND SHOTTSVILLE.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBER 3…

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Winston County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:07

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 405 PM CDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED A LINE OF SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE
STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM SMITH DAM TO GLEN
ALLEN…AND MOVING NORTH AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LYNN…ARLEY…HALEYVILLE…LAKE SHORE…ASHBANK…MCDOWELL CAMP
GROUNDS…POPLAR SPRINGS AND FALLS CITY.

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Storm Reports

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:59

3:05 p.m….Four trees down near Wilsonville in Shelby County.

3:40 p.m….Tree down in McCalla on Allison Drive. Another tree down on Connie Dr in McCalla also. Others down on Hwy 11 in Vance near KyKenKee Lumber Mill as well as Hwy 216 near Jim Walters at Co. Rd 59

Phone line across rd on Phyllis Dr. in Lake View…

Power out in Woodstock in Bibb County.

Tree struck by lightning and on fire in Duncanville

Power pole snapped off on Highway 78 in Pratt City.

Tree down on Tom Montgomery Road in Tuscaloosa. Tres also down on Bama Rock Garden Road near Coaling and Vance.

Winds gusted to 50 mph in Birminghamport (estimate).

3:00 p.m….Winds gusted to 50 mph at Calera.

3:05 p.m….Greenhouse destroyed near West Blocton.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:55


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 353 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM BELOIT TO LOCUST FORK…AND MOVING NORTH AT 50
MPH. THIS LINE OF STORMS HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING WIND DAMAGE.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…
SARDIS…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…BAILEYTON AND WEST POINT.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Jefferson/Blount/St. Clair

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:48

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BLOUNT COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 445 PM CDT

* AT 344 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 6
MILES NORTH OF CARDIFF TO CLAY TO BALD ROCK…AND MOVING NORTH AT
50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ODENVILLE…SPRINGVILLE…CLEVELAND…ONEONTA…BLOUNTSVILLE…
KIMBERLY…WARRIOR AND COUNTY LINE.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 271 THROUGH 282…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBER 33…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 144 THROUGH 158…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 137 THROUGH 174…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

&&

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TUESDAY MORNING
FOR ALABAMA.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

LAT…LON 3421 8647 3411 8630 3394 8637 3394 8633
3399 8628 3397 8625 3399 8622 3397 8618
3348 8629 3359 8662 3361 8691 3387 8696
3387 8693 3392 8692 3398 8677 3404 8671
3409 8671 3412 8661 3423 8654
TIME…MOT…LOC 2047Z 171DEG 33KT 3375 8691 3375 8661
3364 8640

$$

05/MA

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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:43


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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Watch County Notification

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:39

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 132037
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 540
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
337 PM CDT MON OCT 13 2014

ALC001-007-009-021-047-055-057-063-065-073-075-091-093-105-107-
115-117-119-125-127-133-140500-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.A.0540.141013T2037Z-141014T0500Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 540 IN
EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 21 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

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

IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

ETOWAH

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…GADSDEN…GREENSBORO…
HALEYVILLE…HAMILTON…HOOVER…JASPER…LINDEN…LIVINGSTON…
MARION…MOODY…MOUNDVILLE…ONEONTA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…
PRATTVILLE…SELMA…SULLIGENT…TUSCALOOSA…UNIONTOWN…
VERNON AND YORK.

$$

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Tornado Watch for Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:38


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

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

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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:03

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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:34

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.

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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:08

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.

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.

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:39

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.

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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:29

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.

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

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

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October 13, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:44
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Severe Weather Threat Ahead For Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:38

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.

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.

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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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