Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Tuscaloosa County – 7:54 p.m.

753 PM CDT THU JUL 31 2008
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…TUSCALOOSA…NORTHPORT…HOLT…

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 750 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR NORTHPORT…AND MOVING EAST AT 11 MPH.

Home Team Interactive Radar

Home Team Interactive Radar

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR… TUSCALOOSA AND 8 MILES NORTH OF UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BY 805 PM CDT… HOLT AND 8 MILES NORTH OF UNIVERSITY MALL BY 815 PM CDT… DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS BY 840 PM CDT… 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF BROOKWOOD…8 MILES NORTH OF LAKE WILDWOOD AND 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF BEVILLE LOCK AND DAM BY 845 PM CDT…

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 68 THROUGH 100.

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES. IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS…CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather

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Thursday Afternoon Update: 5:00 p.m.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms have developed northwest of our area. I do expect showers and thunderstorms to develop closer to home this afternoon and during the early evening hours. A boundary is making a push towards the I-20 corridor. As is the case during this time of year, the loss of daytime heating will allow most of the rain to dissipate overnight. Tomorrow we will have more clouds around, with a good chance for a shower or thunderstorm during the afternoon.

Our weekend is going to be a hot one as we kick off the month of August. Highs will be reaching the middle to upper 90s, with only isolated thunderstorms possible. The bulk of the rain will shift into south Alabama for Saturday and Sunday. By Sunday a disturbance will develop near South Mississippi and this feature may help to trigger a few afternoon thunderstorms for Monday and Tuesday of next week. I still expect plenty of sunshine and hot temperatures, with highs in the mid to upper 90s. The heat index will likely top the 100 degree mark at times. Also, don’t forget to send in pictures of your pet beating the heat. It’s the dog days of summer and we’re asking viewers to send in pictures of their dog beating the heat. Send your images to wxpics@wvua7.com/ We already have some great pictures and we will share those with you on our live broadcast.

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A Look Back: 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes California

Earthquake Shakes California Residents

Credit: Michele Hogan

 

This is Tiffany Spencer, intern for WVUA’s weather team. I wanted to post a summary, looking back at the Earthquake to strike California this week. On July 29, 2008 around 11:42am, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Los Angeles metropolitan area of California, leaving buildings shaken and damaged, and fortunately, no one injured. The only damage that was reported was of buildings being shaken and grocery products being cleared from shelves by the moderate disturbance. This has been the largest earthquake in California since 1999. The earthquake’s epicenter was near Chino Hills, California, and was felt as far as San Diego, California, by residents in the area. Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger said that he is glad that no one was hurt and the earthquake only reminds residents to be prepared. Afterwards, buildings and railroads were inspected for safety, local theme park rides were shut down, and levees were checked for leaks. The only problem that was found was a water main break. According to the Uniform California Rupture Forecast, there is a 99% chance that California will experience another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 or larger within the next 30 years.


Tiffany Spencer
WVUA weather