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Tornado Warning Most of Winston Co.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 20:04

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
EASTERN WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 802 PM CDT…THE PUBLIC REPORTED A TORNADO NEAR POPLAR
SPRINGS…OR 8 MILES EAST OF LYNN. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS
TORNADO MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ARLEY…POPLAR SPRINGS…MCDOWELL CAMP GROUNDS…DOUBLE SPRINGS…
HOUSTON RECREATIONAL AREA…CORINTH REC AREA…FALLS CITY…
HELICON…ADDISON AND NESMITH.

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New Tornado Watch for Much of Central Alabama until 3 AM

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 20:01


THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
MUCH OF ALABAMA
NORTHWEST GEORGIA
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE

* EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING FROM 800 PM
UNTIL 300 AM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SEVERAL TORNADOES AND A COUPLE INTENSE TORNADOES LIKELY
WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH LIKELY
SCATTERED LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2
INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 90 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF MC
COMB MISSISSIPPI TO 60 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF HUNTSVILLE
ALABAMA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

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.

DISCUSSION…BROKEN LINE OF SUPERCELLS EXTENDS FROM CENTRAL MS INTO
NORTHERN AL. THESE STORMS HAVE PRODUCED NUMEROUS TORNADOES THIS
EVENING…AND WILL TRACK EASTWARD ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THROUGH THE
EARLY MORNING HOURS. WHILE THE THREAT OF WIDESPREAD TORNADOES IS
DIMINISHING…ISOLATED STRONG TORNADOES WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE FOR
SEVERAL MORE HOURS. DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL WILL ALSO BE LIKELY IN
THE STRONGER STORMS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH UNTIL
3 AM CDT TUESDAY WHICH REPLACES A PORTION OF TORNADO WATCH 108.
THE NEW WATCH IS VALID FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

WALKER
WINSTON
FAYETTE GREENE PICKENS
SUMTER TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALICEVILLE…CARROLLTON…EUTAW…
FAYETTE…HALEYVILLE…JASPER…LIVINGSTON…TUSCALOOSA AND YORK.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH IN
EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM CDT TUESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING 22 COUNTIES

AUTAUGA BIBB BLOUNT
CHILTON COOSA DALLAS
ELMORE JEFFERSON LOWNDES
PERRY SHELBY ST. CLAIR
TALLADEGA
CALHOUN CLAY CLEBURNE
RANDOLPH TALLAPOOSA
CHEROKEE ETOWAH
HALE MARENGO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALEXANDER CITY…
ANNISTON…ASHLAND…BIRMINGHAM…BRENT…CENTRE…CENTREVILLE…
CLANTON…COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…FORT DEPOSIT…GADSDEN…
GREENSBORO…HEFLIN…HOOVER…JACKSONVILLE…LINDEN…
LINEVILLE…LOWNDESBORO…MARION…MILLBROOK…MOODY…
MOUNDVILLE…ONEONTA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…PRATTVILLE…
ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA…
UNIONTOWN AND WETUMPKA.

TORNADO WATCH REMAINS VALID UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR
THE FOLLOWING 2 COUNTIES

MARION
LAMAR

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…HAMILTON…SULLIGENT AND VERNON.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Pickens County

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 19:54

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 747 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL…AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 12
MILES SOUTHWEST OF BEVILL LOCK AND DAM…OR 13 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
PICKENSVILLE…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PICKENSVILLE…ALICEVILLE…BEVILL LOCK AND DAM…MCMULLEN…
GARDEN…BENEVOLA…GAINESVILLE LAKE BOAT RAMP AND CAMPGROUND AND
COCHRANE.

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Dangerous Storm Near Kansas/Carbon Hill

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 19:48

A potentially tornadic storm is near the towns of Carbon Hill and Kansas now. There has been a brief tornado debris signature. There is a good velocity couplet. And John Brown shows lots of lightning as well.

It could produce a tornado at any time!

The storm will move up near Nauvoo.

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Tornado Warning Fayette/Pickens/Tuscaloosa until 8:30 PM

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 19:48


This warning is for the northern part of Tuscaloosa County, and does not include the cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport, or the campus of the University of Alabama or Stillman College.

This storms will be impacting area along U.S. 43 and State Highway 69. Northside, Samantha, Moore’s Bridge and Windam Springs. Seek shelter immediately!

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 747 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF REFORM…AND MOVING EAST AT 50
MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SAMANTHA…BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…MOORES BRIDGE…BROWNVILLE…
NORTHSIDE…NEW LEXINGTON…WINDHAM SPRINGS…WILEY AND WHITSON.

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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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Fayette/Pickens until 8:15 PM

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 19:27

A severe storm is moving out of Mississippi and will be affecting much of Pickens County. U.S. 82 and State Highway 17 and 86 will be impacted and so will Reform, Gordo, Carrollton.

This storm is producing frequent and dangerous lightning, torrential rainfall, large hail and gusty winds.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 727 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
ETHELSVILLE…OR 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF CARROLLTON…AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
REFORM…GORDO…ASHCRAFT CORNER…OWENS…SHAW…NORTH PICKENS
AIRPORT AND LUBBUB.

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 Warning: Fayette, Marion, Walker

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 19:24

This is for a circulation that is about 10 miles west southwest of Carbon Hill in Walker County.

A second circulation is located near Belk. It is moving up in the same direction. Lots and lots of lightning in the storm, which is worisome.

The SPC has alerted us that a new tornado watch will be issued shortly for many of the same counties plus some counties further to the east in Alabama as the tornado threat continues.

Instability levels continue to be on the high end of moderate with helicity values that are off the chart.

LATE REPORT FROM PICKENS COUNTY
Forest Volunteer Fire Department is requesting mutual aid from Reform and Gordo for people trapped in homes near Caston Road and County Road 53 in Ethelsville from an earlier tornado.

DEATHS IN LOUISVILLE
Report of four fatalities in Louisville, MS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 723 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 7 MILES SOUTH OF GLEN ALLEN…OR 8 MILES SOUTH OF
WINFIELD…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CARBON HILL…GLEN ALLEN…ELDRIDGE…KANSAS…NAUVOO…BAZEMORE
AND LUPTON.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 34 THROUGH 46…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

&&

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

LAT…LON 3400 8768 3400 8729 3396 8726 3374 8782
3385 8790
TIME…MOT…LOC 0023Z 237DEG 23KT 3384 8775

$$

73

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Tornado Warning Fayette/Lamar until 8:15 PM

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 19:13

A very dangerous storm is moving across these area. This storms looks very dangerous as it is showing very strong rotation. This storm will be impacting the cities of Millport, Kennedy, Fayette and Berry. Watch out along U.S. 43 as this very dangerous storms will be impacting travel.

Damage report from this storm: County Road 30(Old Highway 82)…. People trapped in basement, house has collapsed, camper trailer has been blown away… This is via Pickens county Fire Dispatch.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 710 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR MILLPORT…AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
FAYETTE…KENNEDY…BELK…BANKSTON…BERRY…BOLEY SPRINGS…
CODY…STONE WALL…BEVILL STATE COLLEGE FAYETTE AND RICHARD ARTHUR
FIELD.

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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Busy Night Ahead

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 19:07

A line of supercells continues to slowly move east into Alabama this evening. Many of the storms are producing tornadoes. Very large hail, gusty winds, and torrential rain are occurring as well.

The cells are training behind each other and a serious threat for flash flooding is developing. This will becoming a very real threat and the NWS is becoming very concerned about the flooding. Expect flash flood warning to be issued through the evening and overnight.

These storms have been producing very large tornadoes, which have been causing significant damage today. The threat for severe weather will persist for the next several hours. Stay weather aware tonight!

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Tornado Warning Fayette, Lamar and Pickens for SECOND Columbus MS Tornado

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 18:51

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

* AT 651 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR NEW HOPE…OR NEAR COLUMBUS…AND MOVING EAST AT
35 MPH.

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

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Tornado Affecting Jackson, MS

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 18:50

A large and violent tornado is reported on the ground tracking through Jackson, Mississippi. Damage is being reported and travel along Interstate 20 will be impacted.

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…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL RANKIN COUNTY
UNTIL 715 PM CDT…

AT 647 PM CDT…A CONFIRMED LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO WAS
LOCATED NEAR BRANDON…AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

HAZARD…DAMAGING TORNADO.

SOURCE…RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO.

IMPACT…YOU ARE IN A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. FLYING DEBRIS WILL
BE DEADLY TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL
BE DESTROYED. CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO HOMES…BUSINESSES AND
VEHICLES IS LIKELY AND COMPLETE DESTRUCTION POSSIBLE.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
PELAHATCHIE AROUND 705 PM CDT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TO REPEAT…A LARGE…EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY
TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE…TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE
TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID
WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME…A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS…MOVE TO THE
CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS

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Tornado Warning Fayette, Lamar, Marion

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 18:41

Tornado Warning for Fayette, Lamar, Marion [AL] till 7:30 PM CDT …AT 640 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES SOUTH OF VERNON…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

Very frequent lightning visible on the Fayette Skycam which is southeast of the storm. Fayette is not in danger.

Multiple reports of damage from the Columbus MS area.

Radar shows strong indications of tornado circulation west of Millport moving NE toward Crossville and perhaps Vernon.

If you are in Millport, be in a safe place just in case.

Be in safe place as this dangerous storm approaches.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
EAST CENTRAL LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

* AT 640 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 6 MILES SOUTH OF VERNON…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45
MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
WINFIELD…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…BLOOMING GROVE…BEAVERTON…
BLUFF…GUIN…GU-WIN…GLEN ALLEN…BRILLIANT AND LAKE
BUTTAHATCHEE.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 26 THROUGH 34…

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Big Picture Just After 6 p.m./Lamar and Pickens Tornado!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 18:11

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:
The storm passing just south of Columbus MS show ecellent rotation and a debris signature. There are spotter confirmations of a tornado on the ground. It will pass near Macedonia or Millport. Tornado warning in effect for northern Pickens and Lamar Counties. Tornado is occurring now!

From this picture, you can see the numerous tornadic and otherwise severe thunderstorms over Mississippi and Alabama tonight.

The red polygons are tornado warnings, the yellow ones are severe thunderstorm warnings.

There has been loss of life in the Tennessee Valley with three fatalities in Limestone County for a tornado that moved from near Rogersville to Athens earlier. Two occurred in a mobile home park and one in a home on Sledge Road.

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Tornado Warning Lamar and Pickens Counties until 7 PM

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 18:01



UPDATE: Confirmed large tornado on the ground south of Columbus and will be heading towards Alabama.

This storms, which has a history of producing a tornado, is moving towards the northeast and will impact portions of northern Pickens and southern Lamar Counties.

This storm is approaching Columbus, MS and will be impacting U.S. 45, 82, 278. Locations near Pickensville, Macedonia, Carrollton, Vernon, Sulligent and Millport. This is the same storm that produce a violent tornado in Louisville, MS earlier.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 700 PM CDT

* AT 600 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF COLUMBUS…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT
35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MILLPORT…VERNON…ETHELSVILLE…BEDFORD…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…
FOREST…MELBORNE…SHAW…STAR AND LAMAR COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOTORISTS SHOULD NOT TAKE SHELTER UNDER HIGHWAY OVERPASSES. AS A LAST
RESORT…EITHER PARK YOUR VEHICLE AND STAY PUT…OR ABANDON YOUR
VEHICLE AND LIE DOWN IN A LOW LYING AREA.

HEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR
THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.

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Watch May Be Needed for Central Alabama

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 18:00

AREAS AFFECTED…CNTRL AND ERN AL THROUGH WCNTRL AND NWRN GA

CONCERNING…SEVERE POTENTIAL…WATCH POSSIBLE

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE…40 PERCENT

SUMMARY…ISOLATED STORMS HAVE INITIATED OVER WCNTRL GA JUST
SOUTHWEST OF ATLANTA. THIS ACTIVITY IS WELL EAST OF THE PRIMARY BAND
OF SEVERE STORMS. THE ENVIRONMENT FROM ERN AL INTO GA IS ALREADY
SUFFICIENT FOR SUPERCELLS WITH LARGE HAIL…AND IS EXPECTED TO
BECOME INCREASINGLY FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES THIS EVENING. CONVECTIVE
AND MESOSCALE TRENDS ARE BEING MONITORED FOR A POSSIBLE TORNADO
WATCH.

DISCUSSION…EARLY THIS EVENING AN ISOLATED STORM HAS DEVELOPED
ALONG ONE OF MANY CUMULUS BANDS WITHIN THE UNSTABLE BOUNDARY LAYER
ABOUT 40 MILES SW OF THE ATLANTA AREA MOVING NWD. THE ATMOSPHERE
REMAINS MODERATELY UNSTABLE…AND WHILE 0-1 KM HODOGRAPHS ARE NOT AS
SIZEABLE AS FARTHER WEST…EFFECTIVE SHEAR FROM 40-45 KT IS
FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS. THE STORM HAS ALREADY TAKEN ON SOME
SUPERCELL CHARACTERISTICS AND APPEARS TO HAVE SPLIT…WITH THE LEFT
MOVER LIFTING ALMOST DUE NORTH. IF THESE STORMS CONTINUE TO
ORGANIZE…A TORNADO WATCH MAY BE NEEDED GIVEN INCREASINGLY
FAVORABLE HODOGRAPHS AS THE LLJ DEVELOPS EWD.

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Heads Up Pickens and Lamar Counties

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 17:50

A very dangerous storm is approaching the state line of Pickens and Lamar Counties. This storms, which has a history of producing a tornado, is moving towards the northeast and will likely impact portions of northern Pickens and southern Lamar Counties.

This storm is approaching Columbus, MS and will be impacting U.S. 45 and 82. Locations near Pickensville, Macedonia, Carrollton, Millport and Reform. This is the same storm that produce a violent tornado in Louisville, MS earlier.

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TORNADO EMERGENCY Marion County/Hamilton

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 17:31

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.

Tornado Warning for Marion [AL] till 6:15 PM CDT …AT 523 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES WEST OF WESTON…OR 9 MILES WEST OF HAMILTON… AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

Report from a State Trooper north of Detroit in Marion County….State Highway 78 and 19…multi vortex tornado on the ground.

Due west of Hamilton.

A tornado was reported on the ground at MM 9 on highway 78 at 5:32.

John Brown is on it as well.

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Timing for Tuscaloosa/Birmingham, Tornado Moving Toward Hamilton

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 17:13

We are very concerned about the storms west and southwest of Jackson MS. These storms are about 3-4 hours away from Tuscaloosa and 4-5 hours away from Birmingham. This means areas west of Tuscaloosa around 8 p.m. or a little earlier, Tuscaloosa between 8:30 and 9 and Birmingham less than an hour later around 9:30-10 p.m.

Heads Up: The situation may actually worsen tonight as wind shear values increase. As we mentioned in the afternoon forecast package, low level wind shear should actually increase through the evening hours.

Right now, a dangerous storm is about to enter northern Lamar and Marion Counties in Northwest Alabama. it is approaching the town of Detroit. A tornado warning is in effect. The tornado will move north of Guin, passing near Hamilton in about 15 minutes around 5:30 p.m.

It is hailing in Hamilton right now.

In addition, a severe thunderstorm warning has been issue for the large hail on the northern side of this storm.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Marion County until 5:30 PM

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 17:07

Though this storm is tornado warned, the NWS issued a warning for the northwestern part of Marion County to cover the hail core with this storm. Hail the size of golf balls is likely with this storm. Take shelter immediately!!! Damaging winds and flash flooding are an issue as well.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 507 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 6 MILES EAST OF
NEW SALEM…OR 13 MILES SOUTHEAST OF FULTON…AND MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SHOTTSVILLE AND PIGEYE.

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.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDT MONDAY EVENING FOR
NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA.

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