School Closing

From the WVUA Newsroom: The Lamar County School System will be closed tomorrow.

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River Stage/Flooding Update

The back edge of the rain is in sight, although flooding issues won’t go away so quickly. River Flood Warnings will remain in place through tonight and tomorrow for the Black Warrior and Tombigbee Waterway’s. The water levels at Oliver Lock and Dam may reach 135.8 feet tomorrow and flood stage is 129 feet. Minor Flooding is forecasted along the river and updated statements will likely be issued tomorrow morning. As for the Tombigbee River, the flood stage at Gainesville Lock and Dam is 101 feet and the river may crest at 105.3 feet tomorrow. Click on the graphic to visit the southeast river forecast center. By clicking on the points of interest you will see an updated stream level and associated river forecasts for several locations.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Flooding Issues

We’ve received numerous reports this afternoon and here is a selection of flood reports for the area.

From David Hartin, Tuscaloosa EMA: At 2:26, it was reported that Old Fayette road, between Brady Montgomery road and Traweek road, was flooded. Some other roads experiencing problems include Harliss road at Old Fayette road, Old Jasper road at NorthRiver (Whitson Bridge), and Reed Simpson road at Old Jasper road. All of these locations are north of Lake Tuscaloosa.

Reports from the NWS: At least 27 roadways were closed in Lamar County along with 8 roads closed due to washouts. In Walker County, the Bingo hall was flooded at an E4ft depth. In Blount County, a section of CR340 was washed out. Also in Etowah County, the water line in the Attalla community has been washed away; this was near Dee Hicks road and Mayo road just north of US 278.

Our first at 4 news has begun so be sure to join our live programming and also the news coming up at 5 and 6 for more details on this wet weather!

Corbin Burns
WVUA Weather Intern

Tuesday Afternoon Weather Update 3:29 PM

At the time of this posting a tornado watch remained in place for portions of West Alabama. It’s looking like the tornado threat has ended for locations north and northwest of the I-20/59 corridor, in West Alabama. Heavy rain continues and Flash Flood Warnings are in place for counties along and north of the Interstate. Some of the more severe flood reports have been coming out of Walker County. River Flood Warnings are also in place for the Tombigbee and Black Warrior Rivers. If you live in a flood prone area be prepared to take quick action. Click here for all of the details regarding flood advisories for our area.

As for the tornado threat, warnings are in place well over northeast Alabama in Cherokee County. We will keep a close eye on the radar and we will break into programming if any severe weather threatens our area. Tonight the rain will continue and this will add to the flooding situation. You can expect the sky to remain cloudy early tomorrow and there may be a few stray showers early. I do expect some sun to break through the clouds by the afternoon, with clearing tomorrow night.

We will wake up to colder temperatures and patchy fog on Thursday. Highs on Thursday will be in the 50s, with lows near freezing Thursday night. We will have a partly cloudy sky developing on Friday as another cold front approaches. This front will bring showers on Saturday and the activity should clear the area for Sunday. Another big rain event appears to be shaping up for next week. The front will stall to our south and then lift northward by Tuesday, bringing a return chance for rain. Be sure to join us first at four, and then at five, six, and ten for more details!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Tornado Watch

Tornado Warning Tuscaloosa, Walker and Jefferson Counties Until 2 pm

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
137 PM CST TUE JAN 6 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
  NORTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  EASTERN WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…SUMITON…DORA…CORDOVA…
  NORTH CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 200 PM CST

* AT 137 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR BANKHEAD LOCK AND
  DAM…OR 17 MILES NORTH OF HOLT…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
  GORGAS STEAM PLANT…GORGAS AND 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF PARRISH BY 150
  PM CST…
  SUMITON…DORA…BURNWELL AND ROCKY HOLLOW BY 155 PM CST…
  SIPSEY AND 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LYNNS PARK BY 200 PM CST…

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBER 275…
AND US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 65 THROUGH 85.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM.. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL AND DEADLY CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING.

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.

WVUA-TV's Richard Scott

Flood Advisory

FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL

1158 AM CST TUE JAN 6 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR…
WESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…SUMITON…JASPER…DORA…CORDOVA…
CARBON HILL…
MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…WINFIELD…HAMILTON…
WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…LYNN…HALEYVILLE…ARLEY…
FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF FAYETTE…
LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…VERNON…SULLIGENT…MILLPORT…
PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…REFORM…PICKENSVILLE…GORDO…
CARROLLTON…ALICEVILLE…
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…TUSCALOOSA…NORTHPORT…HOLT…

* UNTIL 400 PM CST

* AT 1156 AM CST…SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE
ACROSS THE AREA IN WAVES. THIS WILL PRODUCE RAINFALL ACROSS THE
SAME AREA SEVERAL TIMES IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS. THESE LOCATIONS
HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED A FEW INCHES OF RAIN IN THE PAST 24
HOURS…THEREFORE SOME MINOR FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

A FLOOD ADVISORY MEANS RIVER OR STREAM FLOWS ARE ELEVATED OR PONDING
OF WATER IN URBAN OR OTHER AREAS IS OCCURRING OR IS IMMINENT. THESE
ADVISORIES MAY NEED TO BE UPGRADED LATER THIS AFTERNOON…SO MONITOR
THESE CONDITIONS AS WE PROCEED THROUGH THE DAY.

WVUA’s Richard Scott