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Here is an image taken by Chase Rutledge of the supercell in west Mississippi yesterday afternoon. I, along with Chase and the East Mississippi Storm Spotter Intercept Team were in the town of Cleveland, MS when we intercepted the storm. You can scroll down several posts to see our story of the storm chase in the delta. In the picture, there is a very well defined wall cloud, along with the striations around the outside of the wall cloud; that is an indication that there is some strong rotation in storm. Also, note the light blue/green tent to the clouds; that is often what storm spotters look for as an indicator of large hail within the storm. It didn’t produce a tornado at that time, but later did once it moved into the Oxford area. We chased this storm until just southwest of Oxford, MS; we decided to turn back then because it was getting too dark to see.

WVUA TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor
Richard Scott

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National Weather Service Preliminary Storm Damage Survey

NWS STORM SURVEY TEAMS HAVE EXAMINED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT REPORTS OF STORM DAMAGE ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA…AND HAVE CONFIRMED THREE TORNADOES. ALL THREE TORNADOES WERE SPAWNED BY SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS OUT AHEAD OF THE SQUALL LINE THAT MOVED THROUGH CENTRAL ALABAMA IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS TODAY.

THE FIRST TORNADO AFFECTED NORTHEASTERN LAMAR AND SOUTHWESTERN
MARION COUNTIES…FROM BEAVERTON TO JUST WEST OF GUIN…AND HAS BEEN RATED AS AN EF1 TORNADO ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 90 MILES PER HOUR. THE TORNADO PATH LENGTH IS
APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES LONG…AND WAS 150 YARDS WIDE THE WIDEST
POINT. NUMEROUS TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ALONG THE
PATH. THERE WAS ROOF DAMAGE IN BEAVERTON…WITH TREES ON HOUSES.

A SECOND SURVEY TEAM HAS ALSO CONFIRMED A TORNADO TOUCHDOWN ALONG A PATH ACROSS SOUTHERN FAYETTE…PORTIONS OF NORTHERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AND INTO WALKER COUNTY. THE GREATEST DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TORNADO NOTED THUS FAR HAS BEEN EF2 DAMAGE JUST ON PATTON HILL ROAD, JUST WEST OF OAKMAN IN WALKER COUNTY…WITH ESTIMATED WINDS OF UP TO 130 MPH. THIS TORNADO PRODUCED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH…WITH AT LEAST 15 STRUCTURES…INCLUDING 10 HOMES…EITHER DAMAGED OR DESTROYED…AND APPROXIMATELY 500 TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. IT WAS APPROXIMATELY ONE HALF MILE WIDE AT THE WIDEST…AND THE PATH LENGTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 23 MILES LONG.

THE THIRD TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN WESTERN COOSA COUNTY OVER SPARSELY POPULATED AREAS…AND TRAVELED NORTHEASTWARD INTO SOUTHERN TALLADEGA COUNTY. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR MARBLE VALLEY…AND CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD PARALLEL AND JUST NORTH OF PAINT CREEK. THE TRACK CONTINUED FOR APPROXIMATELY 14 MILES…CROSSING INTO TALLADEGA COUNTY JUST EAST OF COUNTY LINE ROAD…CROSSING HIGHWAY 21/231… HIGHWAY 280…AND ENDING NEAR COUNTY ROAD 511. THIS TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF2…WITH WIND SPEEDS OF UP TO 120 MPH. AT THE WIDEST POINT…THE TORNADO WAS APPROXIMATELY ONE HALF MILE WIDE.

IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS…PLEASE CONTACT THE LEAD FORECASTER AT
THE BIRMINGHAM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AT 205-664-3010.

Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

I’m no doctor, but I think it’s safe to say we will all sleep better tonight. As expected, a severe weather event unfolded over the southeastern states and the death toll has climbed to at-least 50. This news is so sad, but thankfully the tornado activity was more scattered over our area. One noted report was damage was from northern Tuscaloosa County, in the community of New Lexington. That is where damaged occurred around 3:00 AM. Also, damage was reported in Berry. Things are much calmer now and we’ve enjoyed a nice supply of afternoon sunshine.

As for rainfall, the Tuscaloosa Airport measured 0.46”. Places to north like Jasper measured 1.35”. We should stay dry through tonight and tomorrow, with lows tonight dropping to near freezing. Tomorrow we will have highs in the 50s and by Friday we will be warming into the middle 60s. This warm-up will be in advance of an approaching cold front. Look for clouds to arrive, with breezy conditions late Friday and into Saturday. Friday will start off sunny with some afternoon clouds and then Friday night, a passing shower may develop as the cold front moves into Alabama.

Sunshine will be returning for Saturday and Sunday. The big change will be to cooler temperatures, with lows in the cold upper 20s Saturday night. We will warm into the 60s again early next week, but look for clouds and rain to accompany the warm-up. Tuesday we will have a chance for showers, with thunderstorms becoming possible by Thursday of next week.

I want to send out a big thanks to our viewers who called and emailed. I certainly appreciate your trust and choice to tune to WVUA. If there is anyway we can help or any information we can provide, please feel free to call or email! Here is a nice email Joe Adams from Reform shared with us today:

“I want to thank you and all the crew for the continous storm coverage early
this morning. I went to bed late, and was sleeping with “one ear open” when I heard the sirenes going off around 0150, turned ya’ll on, and kept up with what was coming. I had a brief power outage, and listened to my FM radio.”

Thanks again.

Joe Adams

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Tornado Warning Dallas and Perry Counties 4:53 AM

Tornado Warning
 Tornado Warning
TORNADO WARNING
ALC047-065-091-105-061130-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0031.080206T1053Z-080206T1130Z/
BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
453 AM CST WED FEB 6 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
  SOUTHWESTERN PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF MARION…
  WEST CENTRAL DALLAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  NORTHEASTERN MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA…
  SOUTH CENTRAL HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 530 AM CST

* AT 449 AM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR
  THOMASTON…OR 6 MILES EAST OF LINDEN…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
  7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF FAUNSDALE BY 500 AM CST…
  UNIONTOWN BY 505 AM CST…
  VALDEN BY 515 AM CST…
  HAMBURG AND 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MARION BY 520 AM CST…

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
STURDY SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST
DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA. A TORNADO WATCH ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 1000 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR ALABAMA.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758.

LAT…LON 3274 8734 3238 8708 3226 8743 3227 8744
  3226 8748 3227 8750 3223 8751 3216 8771
  3238 8779
TIME…MOT…LOC 1053Z 234DEG 52KT 3231 8765

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Ryan Stinnett
WVUA Meteorologist

Walker County Tornado Warning Update 4:40 AM

Tornado Warning

Tornado Warning
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
440 AM CST WED FEB 6 2008

ALC127-061100-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0028.000000T0000Z-080206T1100Z/
WALKER AL-
440 AM CST WED FEB 6 2008

…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 500 AM CST FOR CENTRAL
WALKER COUNTY…

AT 438 AM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR LYNNS PARK…OR
ABOUT 7 MILES NORTHEAST OF CORDOVA…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
SMITH DAM BY 445 AM CST…

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA.

LAT…LON 3397 8712 3392 8707 3390 8708 3388 8702
3383 8696 3375 8702 3374 8705 3366 8738
3383 8748
TIME…MOT…LOC 1040Z 241DEG 54KT 3387 8711

Ryan Stinnett
WVUA Meteorologist

Tornado Warnings for Marengo and Hale Counties 4:30 AM

 Tornado WarningTornado Warning
TORNADO WARNING
ALC065-091-061100-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0030.080206T1027Z-080206T1100Z/

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
427 AM CST WED FEB 6 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
  MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF LINDEN…
  SOUTH CENTRAL HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 AM CST

* AT 426 AM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR
  NANAFALIA…OR 21 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LINDEN…MOVING NORTHEAST AT
  60 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
  MYRTLEWOOD BY 440 AM CST…
  LINDEN AND CALVARY BY 445 AM CST…
  PROVIDENCE AND CHICKASAW STATE PARK BY 450 AM CST…
  DAYTON BY 455 AM CST…
  FAUNSDALE AND LANEVILLE BY 500 AM CST…

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA. A TORNADO WATCH ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 1000 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR ALABAMA.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758.

LAT…LON 3209 8809 3209 8805 3225 8802 3258 8759
  3239 8752 3232 8753 3227 8748 3227 8751
  3214 8752 3213 8761 3208 8762 3198 8805
  3200 8811 3204 8813
TIME…MOT…LOC 1027Z 225DEG 55KT 3211 8806

$$

Ryan Stinnett
WVUA Meteorologist

Fayette and Walker Tornado Warnings 4:15 AM

Tornado WarningTornado Warning
TORNADO WARNING
ALC057-127-061100-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0028.080206T1013Z-080206T1100Z/

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
413 AM CST WED FEB 6 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
  CENTRAL WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…JASPER…CORDOVA…
  EAST CENTRAL FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 AM CST

* AT 411 AM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 7 MILES
  SOUTHWEST OF WEST CORONA…OR 14 MILES EAST OF FAYETTE…MOVING
  NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
  WEST CORONA BY 420 AM CST…
  OAKMAN BY 425 AM CST…
  PARRISH BY 435 AM CST…
  CORDOVA AND JASPER BY 440 AM CST…
  SIPSEY BY 450 AM CST…

IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO…THIS STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
PENNY SIZE HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR ALABAMA.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758.

LAT…LON 3378 8761 3397 8712 3392 8707 3390 8708
  3389 8703 3382 8695 3377 8701 3375 8701
  3361 8747
TIME…MOT…LOC 1013Z 245DEG 44KT 3366 8757

$$

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Ryan Stinnett
WVUA Meteorologist