Alabama storms

Forecasters say severe weather is possible this weekend for much of Alabama.

Parts of southwestern Alabama have already seen over a foot of rain this week, and the National Weather Service says even more rainfall is expected both today and tomorrow.

The NWS says severe storms will likely develop over central and southern Alabama this evening with wind gusts approaching 60 mph. Conditions may be even worse tomorrow night, with the possibility of isolated tornadoes, 70 mph winds and potential golf ball sized hail.

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Scattered damage is being reported from strong storms that moved across Alabama overnight.

The National Weather Service says high winds tore the roofs off two homes in the northwest Alabama town of Red Bay, and trees are down on several streets. One fell on to a mobile home.

Authorities say strong winds also left scattered damage around Florence, Decatur and Marshall County.

No injuries are reported, but damage to utility lines left power outages in some areas.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline until July 15 for Alabama residents to register for assistance if they were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state in late April.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner said Friday the governor requested a two-week extension and FEMA approved it. The deadline for loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration has also been extended to July 15.

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The National Weather Service says at least four tornadoes touched down in Alabama during this week's storms, including an EF-2 tornado that flung a semitrailer onto the roof of an industrial plant in the Fort Payne area.

The Fort Payne-area twister was brief but powerful, with estimated winds up to 125 mph. Survey crews from the weather service say it flipped three large semitrailers, vaulting one into the air and onto the factory's roof around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

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Powerful thunderstorms that moved across Alabama have left more flooding and toppled trees across the state.

   Forecasters at the National Weather Service said rains of around 1 inch fell within 30 minutes during Tuesday's storms in the Montgomery area. That led to at least one location -- East Ogden Avenue and Norman Bridge Road -- impassable as water flowed across the road.

   The weather service also received reports of several trees down and some minor structural damage in the Cloverdale community of Montgomery.

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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.

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.

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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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Strong storms moved across much of Alabama, bringing hail, high winds, and heavy rainfall as a cold front passes through the state.

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

Strong storms are bringing the threat of tornadoes to much of Alabama.

The National Weather Service says there's a marginal threat of twisters for areas near and east of Interstate 65 in Alabama on Monday morning.

Forecasters say the threat will virtually end for areas west of Montgomery by 11 a.m. Monday, as the storms push eastward.

However, the tornado threat will linger into the afternoon hours for Alabama counties near the Georgia state line.