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Wind Advisory Starting At Midnight Tonight Until 6:00 PM Monday

| January 22, 2017 @ 9:29 am

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a Wind Advisory which goes into effect starting at midnight tonight and lasting until 6:00 PM on Monday evening.

Winds will be gusty on Monday as a strong low pressure system moves to our east.

Winds will be sustained at 20-30 MPH with higher gusts, especially for higher elevations.

Strong winds can break tree branches or down weaker trees, particularly in areas with saturated soils due to recent heavy rains.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 MPH are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Please use extra caution.

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Another Severe Weather Day

| January 22, 2017 @ 8:43 am

SPC has issued a rare “high risk” for the southeast tip of Alabama, over into South Georgia and North Florida…

A tornado watch is in effect for far South Alabama until 2p CT…

NOTES FOR ALABAMA….

*Highest tornado threat today will be across the southeast part of the state, generally in areas south and east of Montgomery. Dothan is in the “high risk”.

*The main threat for the northern half of Alabama today will come from hail as a cold core upper low passes through.

*For those in Southeast Alabama, please be vigilant today. This system has been responsible for 15 deaths over the past 36 hours; 11 were killed by tornadoes in Georgia overnight.

CALL TO ACTION: Be sure you have a way of hearing severe weather watches and warnings. At home, you need a properly programmed NOAA Weather Radio with a battery backup. On your phone, for warnings we recommend WeatherRadio by WDT. You can watch our live severe weather coverage on the free ABC 33/40 app. Here are the links…

ABC 33/40 iOS version for iPhones and iPads

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Review your action plan in case a tornado warning polygon includes your home. Get in a small room, on the lowest floor, away from windows, and near the center of the house. You do NOT have to be underground. Never be in a car or mobile home. Have helmets, hard sole shoes, and a portable air horn for everyone in the family.

More details shortly…

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A Quick Update On The Central Alabama Weather Situation At 8:45 AM

| January 22, 2017 @ 8:42 am

At this time for Central Alabama, it is quiet across much of the area. There are a few showers on radar at this time over the western counties, affecting the cities of Hamilton, Haleyville, Sulligent, Pickensville, and Aliceville. The rest of the area is dry at this point.

Looking ahead at the latest HRRR run, our next round of storms will rotate around the low pressure center that is currently located back in western Arkansas, and make it into the area around 10-11AM, and will move through the area and should be done by the 3-5AM time frame on Monday morning. The main threat for strong to severe storms will be from 10AM-3PM today.

The Storm Prediction Center currently has much of the south and central parts of Central Alabama under the standard “Slight Risk” throughout today, with locations in the southeastern parts in the “Enhanced Risk” for severe storms. Pike and Barbour counties have been placed in the “Moderate Risk,” and the extreme southeastern corner of the state is in a rare “High Risk” for severe storms.

Storms will develop within an airmass that is unstable and strongly sheared. Low level shear will support a threat for a few tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail. There could even be large, long-track tornadoes in the enhanced and moderate risk areas.

A tornado watch has already been issued for the extreme southern counties of Alabama, and severe thunderstorms have already formed in the area.

Today will be a day that you pay very close attention to the weather, especially if you’re south of the I-20 and I-20/59 corridors. Have a reliable source of receiving weather information on hand. We will keep you updated throughout the day on the blog.

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An Update To The Central Alabama Weather Situation At 2:55 AM

| January 22, 2017 @ 2:54 am

For most of Central Alabama, the threat for severe weather has diminished at this point. As a matter of fact, Chilton and Shelby counties have been removed from the Tornado Watch. The counties remaining in the watch until 3:00 AM are Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Autauga, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Montgomery, Macon, Russell, Bullock, Pike, and Barbour.

Most of the thunderstorm activity has pushed off out of the area, with only the extreme eastern and southeastern parts of the area still dealing with storms. Fortunately, these are just good rain producers with some thunder. No severe warnings are in effect for anyone in Central Alabama at this moment.

Now we do have a few damage reports coming in from the severe thunderstorms that pushed through Jefferson and Blount counties earlier…

••• Trees and power lines are down in the Pleasant Grove area on 8th Place.
••• Trees are down in the Birmingport area on Buddy Vines Camp Road.
••• Power lines are down in the Midfield area at 67th Street and Pineview Road.
••• Trees are down in the Tarrant area near McDonald Street.
••• Trees are down in Vestavia Hills near Rocky Ridge, and at US-31 and Kentucky Avenue.
••• Trees are down in Homewood near Vulcan Park.
••• Tree down on a home in Locust Fork, in Susan Moore, and on 3rd Street in Hayden.
••• Trees are down on I-65 at mile marker 289.

The next round of storms should arrive in the area around 9-10 AM later this morning. For locations north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Alabaster to Talladega, it will probably be just a good shot of rain and thunderstorms with the possibility of a few strong storms.

The main threat areas will be south of that line, and highest for those south and east of Auburn and Montgomery. In those areas, damaging winds, along with hail and a few tornadoes are possible. The severe threat should be over by 5PM today.

If anything changes between now and 9AM, we’ll have updates for you.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Etowah County

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:33 am

…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR ETOWAH COUNTY IS CANCELLED…

The storm which prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits, and no longer pose an immediate threat to life or property.
Therefore the warning has been cancelled.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Etowah County Until 230 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:33 am


At 158 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Reece City, or
near Gadsden, moving northeast at 60 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Gadsden, Rainbow City, Boaz, Hokes Bluff, Attalla, Glencoe, Sardis
City, Steele, Altoona, Walnut Grove, Reece City, Gadsden Mall, Tabor
Road, Aurora, Noccalula Falls, Ballplay, Neely Henry Lake, Southside,
Ridgeville and Gadsden Steam Plant.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Etowah County

Jan 22nd @ 1:33 am


The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Etowah County in northeastern Alabama…

* Until 230 AM CST

* At 130 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located near Inland Lake,
or near Springville, moving northeast at 60 mph. This storm has a
history of producing high winds and wind damage.
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to
mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings.

* Locations impacted include…
Gadsden, Rainbow City, Boaz, Hokes Bluff, Attalla, Glencoe, Sardis
City, Steele, Altoona, Walnut Grove, Reece City, Gadsden Mall,
Tabor Road, Aurora, Noccalula Falls, Ballplay, Neely Henry Lake,
Southside, Ridgeville and Gadsden Steam Plant.

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Even More Counties Trimmed From The Tornado Watch

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:32 am

The latest set of counties trimmed from the Tornado Watch are Bibb, Dallas, Hale, and Perry counties. This now leaves Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Shelby, Talladega, Chambers, Clay, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa, Barbour, Bullock, and Pike counties under the Tornado Watch until 3:00 AM.

Back to our west, things have settled down for now. The next round of storms is expected to arrive by the 9-11 AM time frame.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Blount County

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:21 am

…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IS CANCELLED…
     
     The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the area.
     Therefore the warning has been cancelled.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 150 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Blountsville to near Snead to near Steele, moving
northeast at 50 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Altoona, Snead, Susan Moore, Walnut Grove, Strawberry, McLarty and
Brooksville.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 144 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Blountsville to Susan Moore to near Altoona,
moving northeast at 40 mph.
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile
homes, roofs, and outbuildings.
Locations impacted include…
Oneonta, Blountsville, Cleveland, Altoona, Snead, Susan Moore, Walnut
Grove, Rosa, Strawberry, McLarty, Brooksville, Chamblees Mill,
Hendrix and Fowler Spring.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 137 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from Bangor to Rosa to 6 miles northwest of Ashville,
moving northeast at 70 mph.
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile
homes, roofs, and outbuildings.
Locations impacted include…
Oneonta, Blountsville, Cleveland, Locust Fork, Altoona, Snead, Susan
Moore, Walnut Grove, Allgood, Fairview, Hayden, Nectar, Rosa, Inland
Lake, Blount Springs, Brooksville, Strawberry, Bangor, McLarty and
Highland Lake.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 130 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Nectar to Allgood to near Springville, moving
northeast at 65 mph.
These are very dangerous storms.
HAZARD…80 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be heavily damaged. Expect
considerable damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles.
Extensive tree damage and power outages are likely.
Locations impacted include…
Oneonta, Blountsville, Cleveland, Dallas, Locust Fork, Altoona,
Snead, Susan Moore, Walnut Grove, Trafford, Allgood, Fairview,
Hayden, Nectar, Rosa, County Line, Inland Lake, Blount Springs,
Brooksville and Strawberry.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Jefferson County

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IS CANCELLED…

The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the warned
area. Therefore, the warning has been cancelled.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount And Jefferson Counties Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 125 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Blount Springs to near Dallas to near Argo,
moving northeast at 60 mph.

These are very dangerous storms.

HAZARD…80 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be heavily damaged. Expect
considerable damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles.
Extensive tree damage and power outages are likely.

Locations impacted include…
Trussville, Oneonta, Blountsville, Cleveland, Dallas, Clay, Pinson,
Argo, Warrior, Kimberly, Locust Fork, Altoona, Snead, Susan Moore,
Walnut Grove, Trafford, Allgood, Fairview, Hayden and Nectar.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Blount And Jefferson Counties

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


Strong winds are impacting northern Jefferson County between Morris and Pinson. Winds may reach 75 mph.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Blount County in Alabama…
Northeastern Jefferson County in Alabama…

* Until 215 AM CST

* At 118 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Arkadelphia to County Line to near Clay, moving
northeast at 55 mph.
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to
mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings.

* Locations impacted include…
Northeastern Birmingham, Trussville, Gardendale, Oneonta,
Blountsville, Cleveland, Dallas, Center Point, Clay, Pinson, Argo,
Warrior, Kimberly, Morris, Locust Fork, Altoona, Snead, Susan
Moore, Walnut Grove and Trafford.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of St. Clair County

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:20 am

…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR ST. CLAIR COUNTY IS CANCELLED…
     
     The storm which prompted the warning has moved out of the area.
     Therefore the warning has been cancelled.
     A tornado watch remains in effect until 300 AM CST for east central
     Alabama.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of St. Clair County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:20 am


At 145 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located near Ragland, or 10
miles east of Odenville, moving northeast at 55 mph. This storm has
a history of producing high winds and wind damage.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Pell City, Rainbow City, Ashville, Riverside, Ragland, Ohatchee,
Steele, Coosa Island, Logan Martin Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Caldwell,
I 59 Rest Areas At Oneonta, St. Clair County Airport, Horse Pens
Forty, Neely Henry Dam, Wattsville, Camp Sumatanga, Alabama
International Dragway, Whitney Junction and Cropwell.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of St. Clair County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:20 am


At 137 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located near Odenville,
moving northeast at 55 mph. This storm has a history of producing
high winds and wind damage.
HAZARD…60 to 70 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.
Locations impacted include…
Pell City, Leeds, Moody, Rainbow City, Springville, Odenville,
Margaret, Argo, Ashville, Riverside, Ragland, Ohatchee, Steele,
Branchville, Logan Martin Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Bald Rock, Coosa
Island, Caldwell and Wattsville.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of St. Clair County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:20 am


At 128 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Moody, moving
northeast at 55 mph. This storm has a history of producing high
winds and wind damage in Jefferson County.
HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.
Locations impacted include…
Pell City, Leeds, Moody, Rainbow City, Springville, Odenville,
Margaret, Argo, Ashville, Riverside, Ragland, Ohatchee, Steele,
Branchville, Logan Martin Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Bald Rock, Coosa
Island, Caldwell and Wattsville.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of St. Clair County

Jan 22nd @ 1:20 am


The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
St. Clair County in Alabama…

* Until 215 AM CST

* At 116 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Irondale,
moving northeast at 60 mph. This storm has a history of producing
high winds.
HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include…
Pell City, Leeds, Moody, Rainbow City, Springville, Odenville,
Margaret, Argo, Ashville, Riverside, Ragland, Ohatchee, Steele,
Branchville, Logan Martin Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Bald Rock, Coosa
Island, Caldwell and Wattsville.

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75 mph Wind Gust at BHM!

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:19 am

The line of intense storms moving through the Birmingham area is producing very strong winds.

Winds just gusted to 75 mph at BHM.

Severe thunderstorm warning continues for parts of Jefferson and Shelby counties.

Be in safe shelter as these dangerous storms move east.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Shelby County Until 145 AM CST

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:07 am

At 132 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Bald Rock, or
near Moody, moving east at 55 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Leeds, Vincent, Vandiver and Sterrett.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Jefferson County

Jan 22nd @ 1:07 am


…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR EAST CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IS CANCELLED…

The severe thunderstorm which prompted the warning has moved out of
the warned area. Therefore, the warning has been cancelled.
A tornado watch remains in effect until 300 AM CST for Alabama.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Jefferson And Shelby Counties Until 145 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:07 am


At 124 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Leeds, moving
east at 55 mph. This has a history of producing high winds and wind
damage.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Trussville, Leeds, Moody, Chelsea, Center Point, Vincent, Mount
Laurel, Vandiver, Lake Purdy, Barber Motorsports Park, Greystone,
Brook Highland, Alton, Shops Of Grand River, Fowler Lake, Highland
Lakes, Meadowbrook, Oak Mountain State Park, Shoal Creek and Grants
Mill Road Bridge.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Jefferson And Shelby Counties Until 145 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:07 am


Winds have gusted to 56 mph at the Birmingham Airport.

At 110 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Cahaba
Heights, or over Mountain Brook, moving east at 55 mph. Small hail
is also expected with this storm.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Birmingham, Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Pelham, Mountain Brook,
Trussville, Helena, Irondale, Leeds, Moody, Chelsea, Center Point,
Tarrant, Indian Springs Village, Vincent, Regions Field, Greystone,
The Summit and Oak Mountain State Park.


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New Areal Flood Advisory for Parts of Pickens, Fayette, Tuscaloosa, & Walker Counties Until 3:45 AM

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:43 am

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for…
Northeastern Pickens County in west central Alabama…
Southeastern Fayette County in west central Alabama…
Northwestern Tuscaloosa County in west central Alabama…
Walker County in Alabama…

* Until 345 AM CST

* At 1240 AM CST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in
the advisory area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Jasper, Sumiton, Cordova, Dora, Berry, Parrish, Coker, Oakman,
Sipsey, Gorgas, Boley Springs, Curry, Binion Creek Landing, Rocky
Hollow, Burnwell, Lake Lurleen State Park, Samantha, Gorgas Steam
Plant, Smith Dam and Beloit.

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A Few Counties Trimmed From The Tornado Watch

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:37 am

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has removed Greene, Marengo, and Sumter counties from the Tornado Watch, as the threat for now has diminished.

The Tornado Watch continues in effect until 3:00 AM for Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby, Talladega, Chambers, Clay, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa, Barbour, Bullock, Pike, and Hale counties.

Currently there are only two warnings in effect for Central Alabama, and that is for Tuscaloosa County until 1:00 AM, and for Bibb, Hale, and Perry counties until 1:15 AM.

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