Alabama severe weather

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.

Severe Weather
8:04 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Strong Weather System Could Spawn Severe Storms

Forecasters say severe storms will be possible in coming days over Alabama, bringing the threat of damaging straight-line winds and isolated tornadoes.


The National Weather Service in Birmingham says powerful storms will be possible during the overnight hours of Wednesday night and into Thursday.


Forecasters say a strong low pressure system will approach the region from the west on Wednesday, touching off the storms Wednesday night and Thursday.

Alabama Power Outages
6:57 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Nearly 100,000 Still Without Power After Storms

Nearly 100,000 customers were without power across Alabama early Tuesday after storms with the force of hurricane winds toppled trees and utility lines.

Alabama Power said early Tuesday morning that 98,200 customers were without power as of 6 a.m., down from more than 222,000 customers after the Monday storms.


Most of the customers who remained without power -- about 50,000 -- were east of Birmingham in communities such as Gadsden, Oneonta, Anniston and Pell City. Dozens of communities around the state experienced significant damage, authorities said.

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Alabama Weather
6:36 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Strong Storms Bring High Wind, Hail to State

A member of the University of Alabama Grounds Department surveys damage after an oak tree fell in front of Moore Hall on the University of Alabama campus.
Robert Sutton | The Tuscaloosa News

Strong storms that moved across much of Alabama on Monday plunged thousands in the dark and also pummeled the state with hail, high winds and heavy rainfall.


The National Weather Service said the strongest of the storms had wind gusts nearing 60 mph and there also was hail the size of quarters.

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Severe Weather
9:29 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Strong Storms Could Bring High Wind, Hail to State

Strong storms are expected across much of Alabama, bringing the potential for hail and high winds as a cold front passes through the state.

The National Weather Service warns that the strongest storms will capable of producing wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail the size of quarters.

More than a dozen counties on Monday were covered by a severe thunderstorm watch, which is scheduled to be in effect until 3 p.m. Monday. It includes the cities of Athens, Huntsville, Florence, Hamilton and Jasper.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Alabama Severe Weather
7:33 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Heavy Rains, Brisk Winds Forecast for Alabama

Forecasters say severe storms are possible in southwest Alabama. Strong winds likely in North Alabama.
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Forecasters say severe storms are possible in southwestern Alabama, and strong winds are likely in north Alabama.

A cold front is moving in from the west, and a warm front is pushing north out of the Gulf of Mexico.


The National Weather Service says the colliding systems are creating a risk of severe storms in Mobile and the surrounding area on Monday. Rainfall totals could exceed 4 inches.


Wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible in central Alabama, along with heavy rains.

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Arts & Life
7:27 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Power Out, Trees Down From Ala Storms

Strong storms moving through Alabama left thousands of people without power and forced schools to delay opening as a precaution.


Alabama Power Co. said about 7,000 homes and businesses were in the dark early Tuesday, mostly in the western part of the state.


Officials say numerous trees are down near Fayette and in heavily wooded Winston County, but no injuries are reported.


Numerous school systems delayed opening because of what forecasters say is a high risk of damaging winds. The University of Alabama also opened late.

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Business & Education
5:55 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Ala Schools Opening Late Amid Weather Threat

Dozens of Alabama schools are opening late because of the threat of damaging winds and other severe weather, which struck western parts of the state during the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.


The National Weather Service said the storms would post a threat through mid-day Wednesday.


A county emergency manager reported that numerous trees were down just northwest of Fayette in western Alabama early Wednesday morning.

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Arts & Life
5:54 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Forecasters Say Ala at Risk for Severe Weather

National Weather Service forecast for Central Alabama.
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Forecasters say clashing weather systems are creating a chance for severe weather in Alabama.


The National Weather Service says severe storms with damaging winds, heavy rains and isolated tornadoes are possible Tuesday night into Wednesday.


The problem is an advancing cold front that's moving toward Alabama from the west. Forecasters say strong storms could develop as the cooler air meets with warm, moist flowing northward from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Arts & Life
7:40 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Alabama Preps for Severe Weather Preparedness

Alabama's second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be the weekend of Feb. 22-24.


The state Revenue Department says the state will waive its 4 percent sales tax on items used to prepare homes and businesses for hurricanes and tornadoes. Some cities and counties will do the same.

Arts & Life
8:34 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Rains From Isaac Remnants Cause Problems in Ala

http://www.srh.noaa.gov The National Weather Service

The remnants of Hurricane Isaac are still causing problems in Alabama.


The National Weather Service says storms caused as much as 4 inches of rain in parts of west Alabama early Tuesday, and another 1 or 2 inches of rain was possible.


Forecasters issued flash flood warnings because runoff from the downpours could cause flooding in areas including Brent, Centreville and parts of Tuscaloosa. Areas of Dallas and Lowndes counties were under flash flood warnings in central Alabama.

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