Alabama severe weather

Disaster Assistance Loans
4:11 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

More Than $1M In Loans Approved For Disaster Aid

Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration say more than $1 million in disaster assistance loans have been approved for Alabama residents.
Credit U.S. Small Business Administration

Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration say more than $1 million in disaster assistance loans have been approved for Alabama residents trying to recover from severe weather in late April and early May.

SBA field operations director Frank Skaggs said in a statement Monday that the department has approved 33 loans for $1,017,000 for Alabama residents trying to recover from recent storms, tornadoes and floods.

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Severe Weather-Taxes
5:05 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Tax Deadlines Delayed In 4 Alabama Counties

Victims of the severe storms and flooding last week in Alabama may qualify for some tax relief.
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Victims of the severe storms and flooding last week in Alabama may qualify for some tax relief.

The Internal Revenue Service says the four counties declared disaster areas by the president - Limestone, Jefferson, Lee and Baldwin - also qualify for extended tax deadlines.

The IRS says some tax deadlines between April 28 and Oct. 15 have been postponed to Oct. 15. This includes the May 15 deadline for tax-exempt organizations to file their annual Form 990. It also includes the June 16 and Sept. 15 deadlines for making quarterly estimated tax payments.

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Emergency Alert Failure
4:14 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

City Seeks To Learn Why Emergency System Failed

Emergency officials are trying to learn why Tuscaloosa's emergency alert system failed to warn people of a tornado that struck parts of the city and county.
Credit ci.tuscaloosa.al.us / City of Tuscaloosa

Emergency officials are trying to learn why Tuscaloosa's emergency alert system failed to warn people of a tornado that struck parts of the city and county.

The EF-1 twister struck the community on April 28.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the system failed to make automatic phone calls or send text notifications to the 25,000 numbers or email addresses registered.

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Severe Weather Aid
4:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Gov. Bentley Seeks Aid For 5 More Counties

Gov. Bentley is seeking federal assistance for five more Alabama counties that suffered damage from severe weather last week.
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama's governor is seeking federal assistance for five more Alabama counties that suffered damage from severe weather last week.

Gov. Robert Bentley says his administration submitted an application to the president on Tuesday for individual disaster assistance in DeKalb, Etowah, Blount, Tuscaloosa and Mobile counties.

The state is already receiving federal assistance for Limestone, Jefferson, Lee and Baldwin counties for the tornadoes and flooding that hit the state last week and claimed five lives.

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Severe Weather-Alabama
4:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

State Still Mopping Up After 2 Feet Of Rain

Some of the heaviest totals of Tuesday and Wednesday rains ranged from 22 inches to 26 inches over Perdido Bay, Wolf Bay, Foley and Orange Beach, based on radar estimates.
Credit National Weather Service

As a weekend with little rain in the forecast approached, residents in many parts of Alabama were still mopping up after more than two feet of rain fell in some areas in a two-day span.

The storms also brought ferocious winds and possible tornadoes to some areas.

Some of the heaviest totals of Tuesday and Wednesday rains ranged from 22 inches to 26 inches over Perdido Bay, Wolf Bay, Foley and Orange Beach, based on radar estimates, Al.com reported.

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Severe Weather-Alabama Aid
4:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Congressional Delegation Backs Aid For Alabama

Damage in Bessemer from storms that tore through Alabama on April 28-29, 2014.
Credit Ryan Vasquez / APR News

Alabama's congressional delegation has written a letter to the president supporting the governor's request for an emergency declaration for Alabama.

Gov. Robert Bentley is seeking the declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state this week.

The letter from the congressional delegation urges approval of federal financial support for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

Bentley's request noted that at least 19 counties suffered damage and three people died in the severe weather.

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Alabama-Power Outages
11:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

More Than 50K Without Power In Ala. After Storms

Alabama Power Co. says about 20,100 homes and businesses lost electricity in central and western Alabama as severe weather including tornadoes stuck Monday.
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Thousands of people are without power in northern and central Alabama after waves of severe storms crossed the state.

Alabama Power Co. says about 20,100 homes and businesses lost electricity in central and western Alabama as severe weather including tornadoes stuck Monday.

Huntsville Utilities says about 4,200 homes and businesses were in the dark to the north in the Tennessee Valley. Falling trees pulled down electrical lines in areas including Limestone County, where damage was worst and at least two people died.

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Emergency Declaration
10:54 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Ala. Storm System Prompts Emergency Declaration

Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency in response to a severe weather system that crossed the state.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency in response to a severe weather system that crossed the state.

Bentley said in a statement Monday evening that the declaration covers every county in Alabama, and that heavy damage has been reported in some areas that were in the path of a suspected tornado.

Bentley says all state agencies are ordered "to take necessary actions to respond to Alabama communities that need help."

The governor says 100 Alabama National Guard members are on stand-by and are ready to help in impacted areas if necessary.

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Severe Weather-Alabama
4:03 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Storm Will Bring Chance For Snow In Northern Ala.

Forecasters are predicting a mixture of rain, snow and sleet across parts of northern Alabama Tuesday before the precipitation changes to all snow late Tuesday night.
Credit National Weather Service

Forecasters are predicting a mixture of rain, snow and sleet across parts of northern Alabama Tuesday before the precipitation changes to all snow late Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service predicts less than a half-inch of new snow and sleet accumulation in cities such as Huntsville and Florence. Higher amounts will be possible at higher elevations of northeast Alabama, such as areas near Lookout Mountain.

Forecasters say that some icy and slick spots on roads will develop, especially on bridges, overpasses and less-traveled secondary roads.

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Arts & Life
7:54 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Some Roads Closed, Homes Flooded in Alabama

The National Weather Service says flood watches and warnings continue for most of Alabama.
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Flood watches and warnings continued for much of Alabama, as heavy rain continued to fall on already saturated ground.

   In northern Alabama, emergency managers reported flooding across parts of central Morgan and much of central and eastern Lawrence counties.

   In Moulton, authorities said several roads were impassable and several houses had flooded near the city's downtown area.

   Authorities said numerous roads were also impassable in and around Decatur and Hartselle.

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Flood Warning
3:17 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Forecasters Issue Flash Flood Warnings In Alabama

Lots of rain expected for Alabama of the next couple of days with flood warnings Thursday evening and a flood watch through Saturday morning.
Credit National Weather Service Birmingham / http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/

Heavy rains have prompted the National Weather Service to issue flash flood warnings for several Alabama counties.

Huntsville forecasters placed northwest Madison County under a flood warning Thursday until 6 p.m. CDT. A warning was also in effect until 5:15 p.m. for central Morgan County, southeast Limestone County, southeast Lawrence and northwest Cullman County.

Meteorologist Jennifer Schuller says the weather service received many phone calls from people reporting heavy rain and roads blocked by flooding in north Alabama.

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Arts & Life
5:59 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Severe Storms Expected to Strike Much of Alabama

The National Weather Service predicts the line of storms to be over northern Alabama around 3pm this afternoon.
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Forecasters are predicting severe storms for much of Alabama, but the risk of tornadoes will be relatively low.

   The National Weather Service says the main threats from the Thursday afternoon and evening storms will be damaging straight-line winds and large hail.

   The storms are expected to fire up ahead of a cold front that will enter northern Alabama early Thursday afternoon and push south into most of the state through the evening hours.

Arts & Life
9:23 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Possible Tornado Surprises Athens

Athens fire Department checks roof damage from storm Friday afternoon at the Athens Walmart.
Bob Gathany | bgathany@al.com

An unconfirmed tornado has knocked down trees, flipped Dumpsters and damaged the roof of the nearby WalMart in Athens.

A forecaster at the National Weather Service in Huntsville said the suspected tornado started about a mile south-southeast of Athens and moved in a line toward southwest Ardmore Friday.

The unsettled weather system continued to concern forecasters as it moved north toward Tennessee.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson says he saw the backside of a wall cloud that had a tail. Police followed as it moved up Route 31 to Interstate 65.

Severe Weather
9:05 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Storms Bring Threat of Some Wind Damage to Alabama

Wind damage was reported after a severe weather system moved across Alabama Friday morning.

However, forecasters said the chances for tornadoes appeared to be diminishing.

A hazardous weather advisory said the storms could produce isolated damaging winds as the system moved from Alabama to Georgia Friday afternoon, and there was "a very small chance" for an isolated tornado.

Severe Weather
7:14 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Ala on Alert For Chance of Severe Weather

Forecasters say there's a medium risk of tornadoes, flooding and damaging winds across central Alabama today.
srh.noaa.gov/bmx The National Weather Service

Forecasters say there's a chance of severe weather across Alabama, and many areas already are taking precautions.


The weather service says there's a medium risk of tornadoes, flooding and damaging winds across central Alabama on Thursday, although chances are lower in the northern and southern ends of the state.


Dozens of school systems in central counties are dismissing students early as a precaution, and emergency managers are monitoring conditions in case the weather turns violent.

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