Storm Reports Via the NWS

Saturday, April 24, 2010 brought a great deal of severe weather to our region and multiple confirmed tornadoes touched down in the state of Alabama. In some spots, winds exceeded 140 mph and homes and property were damaged in the process. Only one person was killed in Alabama; however, ten people were fatal victims as a result of the EF-4 tornado that tracked 149 miles through Mississippi impacting Yazoo City. All together there were about seven confirmed tornadoes that touched down in West and Central Alabama.

Here are a few of the storm survey results courtesy of the National Weather Service that occurred in our state:

The strongest tornado in Alabama confirmed as an EF-3 touched down in Walker, Jefferson, and Blount Counties causing the most extensive damage in Parrish. There were 70-80 homes and businesses damaged including one home that was destroyed in the event. Winds in this tornado reached 140 mph in some spots.

A few EF-1 tornadoes were also confirmed in the state by the National Weather Service. Blount, Marshall, Fayette, and Walker Counties were all impacted by EF-1 tornadoes with extensive damage such as uprooted trees and damaged homes. Winds reached the 100 mph mark in these tornadoes and a 100 foot radio tower was blown down in the process.

Also, several EF-0 tornadoes touched down across West Alabama in counties such as Hale, Sumter, and Marion. The tornado that touched down in Marion County uprooted trees and caused roofing damage to multiple homes in towns like Gu-Win and Brilliant. One home was damaged from a tree that fell on top of the house and toppled over a minivan in the driveway. The tornado in Hale County damaged homes and destroyed a barn. Winds in these tornadoes topped out near 80 mph.

Lastly, Sumter and Marengo Counties were victims of significant wind damage. One woman was rescued from her car along BB Bragg Road in Sumter County as a result of a fallen tree.

Don’t forget you can pick up a free copy of our Severe Weather Safety Guide at the nearest Alabama Credit Union. These safety guides will provide you with helpful tips on what to do in case of severe weather as well as basic knowledge on storms that affect our region.

Source: The National Weather Service

Chase Higginbotham
WVUA Weather


Forecast Discussion 4/27 3:21 PM

Scattered showers continue to work across the area this afternoon and the greatest concentration of rain has been north of Tuscaloosa. This activity is pivoting through the region in response to an upper level disturbance. The clouds and cool northwest flow has kept temperatures in the 60s and this will give us a head start on the cooling process tonight. Lows will be near 40 in many spots and parts of north Alabama will wake up tomorrow morning in the upper 30s. The late April chill won’t last long however, as high pressure building into the state will set the stage for a couple of warm and sunny days. By Thursday our daytime high temperatures will recover into the low 80s.

Looking ahead to Friday, the high pressure cell will slide east giving way to a warm-moist southerly flow over Alabama. Scattered thunderstorms and showers will be possible as the high weakens. More rain will be positioned west of our area along an approaching cold front near the Mississippi River. This boundary will loose its eastward push and become quite sluggish with regard to its approach to Alabama. The scattered storms and showers may decrease in coverage Friday night with the loss of added daytime instability. However, we will have another flare-up of scattered thunderstorms on Saturday and some may be strong or severe.

According to the latest data, we will have a greater chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm during the Sunday/Monday timeframe as the cold front enters West Alabama. The front will slowly settle to our south by Tuesday afternoon and this may trigger a bit of rain during the day, especially for areas south of Tuscaloosa. We will continue to fine tune the weekend forecast details…stay tuned!

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist