Severe Storm Should Stay South of Tuscaloosa, Holt and Northport… Friday Update at 9:50pm

The severe storm over southern Pickens, northern Greene and Sumter should stay south of the city of Tuscaloosa. While there will be some rain and lightning with this storm by 10:45 to 11:45pm, the core of the storm, where the damaging winds and hail are located, will move south of the city. This will impact cities like Union, Moundville and Greensboro later tonight.

The chance of severe storms after this batch moves in will be very low for the rest of the night. Some scattered storms will continue at times until early on Saturday, but most of it will be in east Alabama by daybreak.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Pickens, Greene and Sumter County Until 10:15 PM Friday

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
928 PM CDT FRI MAY 13 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… NORTHERN GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  SOUTHERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…  EXTREME NORTH CENTRAL SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1015 PM CDT

* AT 922 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70  MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MEMPHIS…OR 10 MILES SOUTHWEST  OF PICKENSVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…  ALICEVILLE…PANOLA…GARDEN…MCMULLEN…NEW WEST GREENE…WEST  GREENE…BENEVOLA AND MANTUA.

THIS INCLUDES…INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBER 45…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Severe Storm Moving into Pickens County… 9:15PM Update on Friday

Look out West and central Pickens County. A severe storm is moving into west Alabama now. There will be lots of lightning and strong winds with this cell as it moves eastward. There was a tornado warning for it back in Mississippi, but the rotation has weakened. Take shelter in west and central Pickens County and treat it like a tornado warning. Once the rain starts, the storm will be past your location within 20 minutes, so it won’t last long. Sure, rain will still fall behind it, but the severe part of the storm will pass soon. This is not a major outbreak of severe weather, but just a couple of storms are growing to severe limits. This storm is moving east southeast at 40 MPH. The main threat is from large hail and damaging winds.

If this storm keeps it’s motion, it should mainly stay south of the city of Tuscaloosa. There will be some heavy rain and lightning, but the damaging wind threat should stay just to the south. Be on standby in Tuscaloosa and Northport incase this cell turns in our direction. If it were to impact the city, it would be closer to 10:30pm. Again, the tornado threat is very low. We’re talking winds and hail and lightning being the main concern.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 1am for West Alabama – Updated Friday at 6pm

The severe thunderstorm watch includes Sumter, Greene, Pickens, Lamar, Fayette and Marion County in Alabama until 1am Saturday morning. The main risk is from large hail and damaging winds. As the storms move into Alabama, they should begin to weaken a bit. This will not be a major severe weather outbreak, but some storms could grow to severe limits. The chance of a tornado is very low.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Tornado Path on April 27th… Here’s My House… Friday Update at 5:30pm

 

 The image above shows the tornado path acrossTuscaloosa. You can see the blue tarps over roofs, where there was roof damage. The damage path in the city ofTuscaloosawas between 1 mile and 1.5 miles. In-fact, the official path width in Holt was 1.5 miles. In the middle of the tornado path, I’ve picked out where my home was. I hope and pray we never see anything like this again!

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Image source: justpiper.com

Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion – 4:40 PM Update

A good Friday to you! Showers and storms this morning and early afternoon have moved out for the most part. There are still some storms to the southeast of Tuscaloosa. In-fact, big storms are ongoing in northeast Perry County and southern Bibb County. These storms will produce lots of lightning and heavy rain. Some small hail stones are possible under the heavier storms.

While many of us are in a break, more scattered showers and storms are possible through this evening and tonight. While the chance of severe weather is very low, a stray storm or two could grow strong to severe. The main threat will be from hail and damaging winds. I don’t think we will deal with any tornadoes this evening or tonight, as the chance of that is near 0%.

A cold front will move in tonight, and there will likely be some storms ahead of the front. Once the cold front moves through, cooler and drier air will replace the warm muggy air that is in place now. Highs will top out in the middle 70s on Saturday and Sunday. Some morning showers or storms are possible on Saturday, but drier air will move in by Saturday afternoon.

A strong upper level low is forecasted to move over Alabama on Monday. This will bring instability showers to our state. Some showers could produce small hail, but the chance of that is very small. Skies will become sunny again on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will be very cool at night, with lows in the upper 40s Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Highs will reach the upper 70s by Wednesday afternoon. We can expect a gradual warming trend early next week, with lower 80s on Thursday and Friday.

Be sure to join me on WVUA-TV tonight at 5, 6 and 10 for the very latest on your forecast. Have a great day!

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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Radar Update… 2:40 PM Friday

Many of us had some big storms around lunch today if not a little earlier, areas like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Jasper, Gordo and Centreville are in a break right now but more storms are on the way. A nice little thunderstorm have popped up over northern Sumter County, and some bigger storms are moving into Marengo County. All of these storms have the risk of producing small hail and lots of lightning, so go inside if a storm approaches. Don’t take a chance with the lightning. This isn’t a big severe weather day, but some storms are out there. These storms will continue on and off through early Saturday morning. We are not expecting tornadoes at this time.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com