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New Tornado Watch until 3 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:55

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 67 UNTIL
3 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON WHICH REPLACES A PORTION OF TORNADO WATCH
66. THE NEW WATCH IS VALID FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THE NEW WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES

MONTGOMERY
LEE MACON RUSSELL
BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…AUBURN…EUFAULA…MONTGOMERY…
OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…TROY…TUSKEGEE AND UNION SPRINGS.

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Flash Flood Warning Bullock/Chambers/Lee/Macon/Montgomery Counties until 10:30 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:42

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
BULLOCK COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN CHAMBERS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1030 AM CDT

* AT 739 AM CDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED SOME FLOODING OF
ROADWAYS WAS OCCURRING IN PORTIONS OF LEE COUNTY. ADDITIONAL
RAINFALL SPREADING ACROSS THE WARNED AREA WILL PRODUCE FLASH
FLOODING DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS…ESPECIALLY IN LOW LYING AREAS
NEAR SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS OR IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
AUBURN…LAFAYETTE…LANETT…MONTGOMERY…OPELIKA…AND
DAVISVILLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Pike County until 8:15 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:41

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
PIKE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 815 AM CDT

* AT 735 AM 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
GRADY TO 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF LUVERNE TO BRANTLEY TO 7 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF BRANTLEY…AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
GOSHEN…TROY…BRUNDIDGE…ANSLEY…TROY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT…TROY
UNIVERSITY…LINWOOD AND ANTIOCH.

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.

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Tornado Watch Extended until 10 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:41

THE TORNADO WATCH PREVIOUSLY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM CDT THIS
MORNING…IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING FOR THE
FOLLOWING AREAS 7 COUNTIES:

MONTGOMERY
LEE MACON RUSSELL
BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…AUBURN…EUFAULA…MONTGOMERY…
OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…TROY…TUSKEGEE AND UNION SPRINGS.

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More Counties Cleared from Tornado Watch

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:11

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED THE TORNADO WATCH FOR
THE FOLLOWING 8 COUNTIES:

AUTAUGA COOSA DALLAS
ELMORE LOWNDES
CHAMBERS RANDOLPH TALLAPOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…FORT DEPOSIT…
LANETT…LOWNDESBORO…MILLBROOK…PRATTVILLE…ROANOKE…
ROCKFORD…SELMA…VALLEY AND WETUMPKA.

THE TORNADO WATCH REMAINS VALID UNTIL 8 AM CDT THIS MORNING FOR
THE FOLLOWING 7 COUNTIES:

MONTGOMERY
LEE MACON RUSSELL
BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…AUBURN…EUFAULA…MONTGOMERY…
OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…TROY…TUSKEGEE AND UNION SPRINGS.

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Improving Weather Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:35

**No morning Weather Xtreme video due to the ongoing severe weather**

Be sure and scroll down for the latest on the ongoing severe weather situation across Alabama.

THE DAY AHEAD: One more batch of showers/storms is possible later this morning ahead of the surface cold front, but for now it looks like there will be insufficient instability for severe weather over the northern half of Alabama. A new tornado watch will be issued soon for parts of East and South Alabama through the morning.

The severe flooding around the Birmingham metro area (and other parts of North/Central Alabama) will begin to subside later this morning.

As drier air works into the state this afternoon, we might see a bit of sunshine with a high in the low to mid 70s.

COLDER TONIGHT: We drop into the 42-45 degree range early tomorrow as colder air invades Alabama. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy and cool with a high in the low to mid 60s, and some light rain is possible tomorrow afternoon as the upper trough swings overhead. Nothing heavy, no severe weather, and no flooding.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and cool with a high in the mid 60s.

FROST POTENTIAL THURSDAY MORNING: With a clear sky and light wind, some scattered frost is possible at daybreak Thursday with lows in the 34-38 degree range.

Growers need to be aware of this possibility and make necessary plans.

The weather looks dry Friday and into the weekend with a warming trend; highs will rise well into the 70s.

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More Counties Removed from Tornado Watch

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:53

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED THE TORNADO WATCH FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS 7 COUNTIES:

BIBB CHILTON PERRY
GREENE HALE MARENGO
SUMTER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…BRENT…CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…
DEMOPOLIS…EUTAW…GREENSBORO…LINDEN…LIVINGSTON…MARION…
MOUNDVILLE…UNIONTOWN AND YORK.

THE TORNADO WATCH REMAINS VALID UNTIL 8 AM CDT THIS MORNING FOR
THE FOLLOWING 15 COUNTIES:

AUTAUGA COOSA DALLAS
ELMORE LOWNDES MONTGOMERY
CHAMBERS LEE MACON
RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA
BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…AUBURN…EUFAULA…
FORT DEPOSIT…LANETT…LOWNDESBORO…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…
OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…PRATTVILLE…ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…
TROY…TUSKEGEE…UNION SPRINGS…VALLEY AND WETUMPKA.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Montgomery County until 6:15 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:31

An intense thunderstorms is moving into Montgomery County from the southwest this morning. Hail, damaging winds, frequent lightning, and torrential rainfall are likely with this storm.

Travel along Interstates 65 & 85 will be impacted as well as location on Highways 231 and 331.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 615 AM CDT

* AT 528 AM 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
DAVENPORT…OR 8 MILES NORTHEAST OF FORT DEPOSIT…AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MEADVILLE…SELLERS…PINTLALA…DANNELLY FIELD…RAMER…
SPRAGUE…HOPE HULL AND HYUNDAI MOTORS OF ALABAMA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 164 THROUGH 168…
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 6 THROUGH 16…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. TORNADOES CAN
DEVELOP QUICKLY FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. ALTHOUGH NOT IMMEDIATELY
LIKELY…IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED…ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF
SAFETY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE…SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL
INTERIOR ROOM.

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

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Tornado Watch Being Trimmed Back

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:15

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED THE TORNADO WATCH FOR
THE FOLLOWING 9 COUNTIES

JEFFERSON SHELBY ST. CLAIR
TALLADEGA
CALHOUN CLAY CLEBURNE
PICKENS TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALICEVILLE…ANNISTON…
ASHLAND…BIRMINGHAM…CARROLLTON…COLUMBIANA…HEFLIN…
HOOVER…JACKSONVILLE…LINEVILLE…MOODY…PELHAM…PELL CITY…
SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA AND TUSCALOOSA.

THE TORNADO WATCH REMAINS VALID UNTIL 8 AM CDT THIS MORNING FOR
THE FOLLOWING 22 COUNTIES

AUTAUGA BIBB CHILTON
COOSA DALLAS ELMORE
LOWNDES MONTGOMERY PERRY
CHAMBERS LEE MACON
RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA
BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE
GREENE HALE MARENGO
SUMTER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…AUBURN…BRENT…
CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…DEMOPOLIS…EUFAULA…EUTAW…
FORT DEPOSIT…GREENSBORO…LANETT…LINDEN…LIVINGSTON…
LOWNDESBORO…MARION…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…MOUNDVILLE…
OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…PRATTVILLE…ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…
TROY…TUSKEGEE…UNION SPRINGS…UNIONTOWN…VALLEY…
WETUMPKA AND YORK.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lowndes County until 5:45 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:08

A severe thunderstorm is impacting portions Lowndes County this morning and will impact area long Interstate 65 and Highway 31. This storm is capable of producing large hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

It will be affecting Hayneville, Fort Deposit, and Lethohtachee. Also watch out for very heavy rainfall as well as frequent lightning.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN LOWNDES COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 545 AM CDT

* AT 505 AM 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 10 MILES
NORTHEAST OF BUTLER SPRINGS…OR 13 MILES WEST OF FORT DEPOSIT…
AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
FORT DEPOSIT…HAYNEVILLE…LOWNDES COUNTY AIRPORT…BEECHWOOD…
LOGAN…CLOVER HILL…MOUNT WILLING AND CALHOUN.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 142 THROUGH 158…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

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Widespread Flooding Occurring

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:50

We are still under the threat of severe weather across Central Alabama this morning. However, as the rain continues to fall across the area, we are beginning to see a lot of issues with flooding. Many areas have received 3-4 inches of rain, with radar estimates greater than 5 inches, and it continues to fall. Here are just a few of the numerous reports coming in this morning.

IN TARRANT SPRINGDALE RD DOWN TO ONE LANE DUE TO WATER RISING ABOVE BANK FULL AT VILLAGE CREEK. SEVERAL ROADS CLOSED IN TARRANT DUE TO VILLAGE CREEK RISING ABOVE BANK FULL, INCLUDING ALABAMA ST, MISSISSIPPI ST

IN HOMEWOOD EVACUATIONS AND WATER RESCUES ONGOING AT LAKESHORE GARDEN APTS. WATER GETTING INTO GROUND FLOOR APTS.

Data showing Village Creek is now 2 feet above flood stage.

Morgan Road at exit 6 off I 459 flooded. Police have road blocked off.

Major flooding in parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties. Many roads are not passable.

Glade rd in Anniston/Saks area is underwater, creek has overflowed.

Hoover and Pelham, AL reporting major flooding issues this morning including mudslides and evacuations.

Homewood PD dispatch is saying they have a rock slide on hwy 31 mainly in VH!

MOBILE HOME PARK ON HWY 119 SURROUNDED BY RISING WATER. RESIDENTS ARE BEING EVACUATED.

FLOODING AT TALLAPOOSA ST AT I-20/59, NEAR VILLAGE CREEK.

FIVE MILE RD AT HUFFMAN RD IS BARRICADED. AVE V IN SOUTHPARK IS BARRICADED.

This flooding is occurring throughout Central Alabama. Numerous roads are closed or underwater.

The only good news is that the back edge of the rain is now approaching the Birmingham Metro, so we should begin to see slow improvements.

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Flash Flood Emergency Jefferson/Shelby/Bibb Counties until 7:30 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:35

…FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR SHELBY…JEFFERSON AND NORTHERN BIBB
COUNTIES…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHERN BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 AM CDT

* AT 427 AM CDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED MAJOR FLOODING AND
NUMEROUS HIGH WATER RESCUES IN PROGRESS. THUNDERSTORMS WILL
CONTINUE ACROSS THE WARNED AREA WITH ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES OF
RAINFALL POSSIBLE.

THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR SHELBY…JEFFERSON AND NORTHERN
BIBB COUNTIES.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ALABASTER…BESSEMER…BIRMINGHAM…CENTREVILLE…CHELSEA…
FAIRFIELD…FULTONDALE…GARDENDALE…HELENA…HOMEWOOD…HOOVER…
HUEYTOWN…IRONDALE…LEEDS…MONTEVALLO…MOUNTAIN BROOK…
PELHAM…VESTAVIA HILLS…ALTON…AMERICAN VILLAGE…BIRMINGHAM
AIRPORT…BIRMINGHAM FAIRGOUNDS…BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE…
BLUFF PARK… AND BRIGHTON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE
THREATENING SITUATION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL UNLESS YOU ARE
FLEEING AN AREA SUBJECT TO FLOODING OR UNDER AN EVACUATION ORDER.

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Flash Flood Warning Clay/Cleburne/Randolph Counties until 9:30 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:26

Very heavy rainfall continues to fall across much of Central Alabama this morning. Watch out for rapidly rising waters as well as flood roadways. The rain will continue to fall for several more hours and an additional 1-3 inches of rain will be possible.

This warning includes locations along Interstate 20 and Highway 431, including Heflin, Wedowee, Roanoke, Ashland and Lineville.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CLEBURNE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 AM CDT

* AT 323 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING OVER THE SAME AREAS
THAT HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE LAST
FEW HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE
NEXT SEVERAL HOURS…AND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE LIKELY AS SOILS
HAVE BECOME COMPLETELY SATURATED.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ASHLAND…HEFLIN…LAKE WEDOWEE…LINEVILLE…ROANOKE…WEDOWEE…
ABERNATHY…BARFIELD…CORINTH…CRYSTAL LAKE…DELTA…
EDWARDSVILLE…FOSTERS CROSS ROADS…FRUITHURST…MALONE…MARS
HILLS…MORRISON CROSS ROADS…MOUNT CHEAHA…MUSCADINE…
RANBURNE…WADLEY AND WOODLAND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING FLOODING SITUATION.
YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL. STAY HOME UNLESS YOU ARE FORCED TO
EVACUATE TO HIGHER GROUND.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED AREA.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY…
COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND
OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO
NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO
ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN
WATER BEGINS RISING.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY
AUTOMOBILE.

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Tornado Warning Dallas County until 3:45 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:14

Another strong thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is moving northeast across Dallas County. The city of Selma is included in this warning along with Valley Grande, and Tyler.

Be careful driving along U.S. 80 and state highways 22 and 14. The strongest circulation is moving across the eastern part of Dallas County.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN DALLAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 345 AM CDT

* AT 311 AM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR OLD CAHABA PARK…OR 8 MILES SOUTH OF SELMONT-WEST
SELMONT…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SELMONT-WEST SELMONT…SELMA…VALLEY GRANDE…MEMORIAL STADIUM…
TYLER…GARDNER ISLAND…BURNSVILLE…CRAIG FIELD AIPORT…SELMA
DRAG STRIP AND EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.

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Tornado Warning Bibb and Perry Counties until 3:30 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:02

This dangerous storm is racing off towards the northeast. Locations along Highway 82 and 5 will be impacted by this storm.

If you are in Brent, Centreville, Heiberger, and Lawley, you need to take shelter now. Along with the tornado threat, damaging winds, large hail, and flooding could accompany this storm.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHERN PERRY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 330 AM CDT

* AT 259 AM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF MARION…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT
50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BRENT…CENTREVILLE…HEIBERGER…HARRISBURG…WEST CENTREVILLE…
TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST…LAWLEY…ASHBY…BRIERFIELD IRONWORKS
PARK AND ELLARDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.

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Confirmed Tornado Southwest of Meridian

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:29

A confirmed tornado is being reported on the ground and causing damage in Mississippi this morning. Numerous reports of damage and debris associated with this storm as it races off towards the northeast at 55 mph. Trees and power lines are down on Highway 49.

It passed just to the north of the city of Collins, and it very close to the city of Taylorsville. It it moving out of Smith County and into Jasper County. We will be watching this storm carefully as it will be approaching Alabama in the next hour.

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Tornado Watch for Central Alabama until 8 AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 01:17

New tornado watch is valid until 8 AM. It includes locations along and south of Interstate 20 including Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston, Clanton, Montgomery, Auburn, and Demopolis.

Low level shear is increasing as the warm front lifts north. Warm front is currently along U.S. Highway 80 across the Black Belt Region of Alabama. Front will continue to lift north and will bring with the increasing threat of severe weather, that includes tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, and flooding.

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL ALABAMA
WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
SOUTHERN AND EASTERN MISSISSIPPI
COASTAL WATERS

* EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY MORNING FROM 115 AM UNTIL 800 AM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SEVERAL TORNADOES LIKELY WITH A FEW INTENSE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
A FEW LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 95 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 10 MILES EAST OF BIRMINGHAM
ALABAMA TO 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA THE WATCH INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:

AUTAUGA BIBB CHILTON
COOSA DALLAS ELMORE
JEFFERSON LOWNDES MONTGOMERY
PERRY SHELBY ST. CLAIR
TALLADEGA
CALHOUN CHAMBERS CLAY
CLEBURNE LEE MACON
RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA
BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE
GREENE HALE MARENGO
PICKENS SUMTER TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALEXANDER CITY…
ALICEVILLE…ANNISTON…ASHLAND…AUBURN…BIRMINGHAM…BRENT…
CARROLLTON…CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…
EUFAULA…EUTAW…FORT DEPOSIT…GREENSBORO…HEFLIN…HOOVER…
JACKSONVILLE…LANETT…LINDEN…LINEVILLE…LIVINGSTON…
LOWNDESBORO…MARION…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…MOODY…
MOUNDVILLE…OPELIKA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…PHENIX CITY…
PRATTVILLE…ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA…
TROY…TUSCALOOSA…TUSKEGEE…UNION SPRINGS…UNIONTOWN…
VALLEY…WETUMPKA AND YORK.

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Flash Flood Warning Bibb/Calhoun/Hale/Shelby/St. Clair/Talladega Counties until 7AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:59

A line of very heavy rain continues to move across these areas. Expect several inches of rain to fall within this band of showers and storms. Numerous areas are seeing rapid rise in water levels and reports coming in of flooding. Several more hours of very heavy rain will occur and conditions will only deteriorate the rest of tonight.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
CALHOUN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 700 AM CDT

* AT 1255 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING OVER THE SAME AREAS
THAT HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE LAST
FEW HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT
SEVERAL HOURS…AND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE LIKELY AS SOILS HAVE
BECOME COMPLETELY SATURATED.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ALABASTER…ANNISTON…BRENT…CALERA…CENTREVILLE…CHELSEA…
CHILDERSBURG…COBB TOWN…COLUMBIANA…FORT MCCLELLAN…
GREENSBORO…HELENA…JACKSONVILLE…MONTEVALLO…MOODY…
ODENVILLE…OXFORD…PELHAM…PELL CITY…PIEDMONT…SAKS…
SPRINGVILLE…SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA…TALLADEGA SPRINGS…WEST
END-COBB TOWN…WILSONVILLE…AKRON…ALEXANDRIA AND ALPINE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS
WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY
ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED AREA.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY…
COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND
OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO
NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO
ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN
WATER BEGINS RISING.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY
AUTOMOBILE.

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New Tornado Watch Coming Soon

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:56

AREAS AFFECTED…CNTRL/SRN AL…SERN MS…SERN LA

CONCERNING…SEVERE POTENTIAL…WATCH NEEDED SOON

VALID 070550Z – 070615Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE…95 PERCENT

SUMMARY…A NEW TORNADO WATCH REPLACING TORNADO WATCH 65 WILL BE
ISSUED SHORTLY.

DISCUSSION…SLY WINDS IN ADVANCE OF A SFC CYCLONE ANALYZED SW OF
JACKSON MS METRO WILL DRIVE MARITIME TROPICAL AIR/MARGINAL BUOYANCY
NWD INTO ACROSS CNTRL AL. THE APPROACH OF A SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL
ENCOURAGE THE EWD/ENEWD SPREAD OF ONGOING SVR THREAT ACROSS CNTRL MS
TO S-CNTRL LA. THIS WILL OCCUR AS A 60-KT LLJ IS SUSTAINED. STRONG
LOW-LEVEL AND DEEP SHEAR WILL FOSTER A TORNADO THREAT WITH
SEMI-DISCRETE/QLCS CONVECTIVE MODES. THE TORNADO RISK WILL CONTINUE
THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS…WARRANTING SUBSEQUENT TORNADO
WATCH ISSUANCE.

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A Late night Look at the Alabama Weather Situation

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:52

There still is a significant threat of severe weather overnight across Central Alabama.

An impressive 850 millibar jet is acting like a firehose tonight, pouring warm, moist air into West Central Alabama from Mississippi.

This area of inbound warmth and moisture is resulting in widespread heavy rain and thunderstorms over West Central Alabama. The storms have produced some wind damage in places like Pickens and western Tuscaloosa Counties, as well as Marengo County. Numerous trees were reported down along US-82 near Buhl.

They have also triggered a flash flood warning for four counties in West Central Alabama including Greene, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa Counties where radar estimates show 2-3 inches of rain had probably fallen. A flash flood warning was just issued for Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar and Walker Counties until 5:30 AM CDT.

The flash flood watch continues for Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Counties until 1:00 PM CDT Monday.

As of 11:50 p.m. tonight, there were no severe thunderstorm warnings nationally, but that will change.

The warm, moist airmass the jet is bringing north will eventually lead to significant instability, especially over southwestern and North Central Alabama. Right now, all of the surface based CAPE is limited to counties near the coast.

This will change rapidly over the next few hours as the jet continues to pump in the warm, moist air.

The upper level trough is becoming more negative in its orientation. The negative orientation increases the severe weather threat as colder air aloft is able to destabilize the atmosphere. It also increases the amount of wind shear present as well.

Finally, the wind shear over Alabama is significant.

0-1km helicity is very high over western sections of Alabama. If that hangs in there until the instability arrives, it will enhance the threat of severe weather. Bulk shear numbers are high as well, meaning storms will have no trouble getting and staying organized.

WATCHING RADAR

Supercell storms over Louisiana and Mississippi are triggering severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. The storms will push northeast into Central Alabama later tonight. If they encounter an airmass with a moderate amount of instability and the current high shear, there will be problems.

IN SUMMARY
Where the instability values can reach 750 j/kg or more overnight, there will be a significantly enhanced threat of severe weather because of the shear. The SPC just noted that there is a 60% chance they will issue a watch for Central Alabama soon. Here is the MCD Graphic:

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