10:15pm Wednesday Radar Check and Storm Total Reports…

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Good Wednesday evening! As of just after 10pm, the batch of heavy rain is finally ending across our area. We’ve had lots of flash flooding reports across parts of west and central Alabama, especially in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas. There is still some moderate rain falling for areas along and south of HWY 80 in southwest Alabama, but the flooding issues are starting to end. Look for this round of rain to end for our southern areas by 11pm tonight. After the rain ends, a few scattered showers or storms are possible tonight, but I don’t expect a major rain again tonight. Thursday will also feature a good soaking at times, but it won’t rain all day. The best chance of storms on Thursday will occur after lunch.

Check out the rain totals so far today!

1.75″ Northport – my house

0.39″ Coker – Ronald Hughes

1.72″ Tuscaloosa – Airport

3.56″ Birmingham – Airport

1.12″ Sylacauga – Michael Stonebrook

0.30″ Gordo – Melissa McAteer

3.50″ Coaling – Lisa Murphy-Edwards

3.00″ Coaling – Donna Robertson

2.00″ Thomaston – Wendy Etheridge

2.00″ Myrtlewood – Adele Anderson

1.50″ Jasper – Steve Rigsby

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More Rain Ahead… Tropical Storm Andrea… Wednesday Forecast Update – 8:30pm

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Good Wednesday evening! We had a mess with heavy rain and strong storms this afternoon and evening as an MCS or complex of storms got organized and moved across the area. We had some big flash flooding issues in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas as the storms moved through. Some areas picked up over 2 inches of rain in a short period of time, which was the reason for some flash flooding. As of 8:20pm, the complex of storms was moving into deep south Alabama, with some rain and thunder behind the line itself. This batch of rain will end for our entire area by 10pm tonight. A few more scattered storms are possible overnight, but I don’t expect another complex of storms like we saw this evening.

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Our Thursday will feature another good chance of storms, as deep tropical moisture moves into Alabama from the southeast. Tropical Storm Andrea over the eastern Gulf of Mexico is helping to spread some moisture our way. Plus, a cold front moving in from the northwest is acting as a lifting mechanism to produce rain in our area. While I expect a good chance of rain on Thursday and Friday, I don’t expect an all day rain event. There could be a couple hours of your day, where it rains at your house. With deep tropical moisture in place, I can’t rule out some isolated flash flooding. Overall, the storms will remain scattered, with the best chance of active storms happening after lunch. That being said, you’ll need the rain gear at all times between now and Friday incase a morning or late night storm pops up over your area.

Tropical Storm Andrea will make landfall in the big bend of Florida Thursday night, which means we’ll be on the west side of the circulation. This means we won’t see the non-stop heavy rain like areas east of the track will see. If you have a beach trip planned along Alabama’s Gulf Coast Thursday or Friday, expect just scattered showers and storms. It will not rain all day along our coast… I do not expect any severe weather issues around here. As the storm tracks up the east coast on Friday, dry air will get pulled into Alabama. Skies will become sunny on Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the upper 80s or lower 90s.

An intense summer ridge will build over Alabama early next week, which means temperatures will get hot. Highs will approach the middle 90s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. With lots of moisture in the area, heat index values may approach 100…

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Flash Flooding in Tuscaloosa. Very Heavy Rain… Wednesday Update – 5:45pm

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As of 5:45pm… We’ve got a flash flood warning for Tuscaloosa County until 9pm this evening. Were getting lots of reports of flash flooding across the city of Tuscaloosa and Northport and areas around Tuscaloosa. Jefferson County is also under a flash flood warning, with flooding issues over much of Jefferson County…

Very heavy rain is lined up from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa to Livingston. This band of rain is moving southeast very slowly, so very heavy rain is likely along the line. If you’re driving along any roads within this line of storms, it would be a good idea to pull over for a while and let the storms pass by. There are no severe weather warnings, but the storms are producing heavy rain, intense lightning and gusty winds.

The storms are gradually ending across northwest Alabama. The rain should end for the I-20 area after 7pm. Areas south of I-20 that are rain free as of 5:45pm, will get heavy rain and thunder this evening. This batch of rain will gradually end later this evening and tonight. More storms are likely on Thursday…

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Track and Info on Tropical Storm Andrea…. Wednesday Update – 5pm

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Here’s the track and information from the National Hurricane Center on Tropical Storm Andrea.

AT 600 PM EDT…2200 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ANDREA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 25.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 86.5 WEST. ANDREA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 3 MPH…6 KM/H. A NORTHEASTWARD MOTION AT A FASTER FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED ON THURDAY AND THAT GENERAL MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY.  THE CENTER OF ANDREA IS FORECAST TO REACH THE COAST OF THE FLORIDA BIG BEND ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING…AND MOVE OVER SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA AND EASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH…65 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES… 220 KM…MAINLY TO THE EAST AND SOUTHEAST OF THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE BASED ON RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT DATA IS 1002 MB…29.59 INCHES.

Alabama Impacts:

Andrea is pushing tropical moisture into Alabama from the southeast. As this moisture interacts with a cold front to our northwest, rain chances will remain high over Alabama this evening, tonight and on Thursday. I don’t expect rain all day with this event. Since the track of Andrea will move over the Florida Panhandel and into south Georgia Thursday evening through Friday morning, we’ll be on the west side of the circulation. This means we won’t get as much rain as areas east of the circulation. That being said, many areas in Alabama have picked up some very heavy rain today, but the storms have been more of the scattered type, rather than non-stop rain.

We’ll notice rain and storms at times through Friday. I do not expect severe weather issues here.

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Tropical Storm Andrea Forms in the Gulf… – 4:35PM Wednesday Update

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Here’s a quick update on newly formed tropical storm Andrea in the Gulf. I’ll post the official National Hurricane Statement when it’s issued over the next hour or so. Above is the latest satellite image and potential track of Andrea as of 4:30pm. The storm is still going through some dry air and wind shear, so Andrea isn’t expected to become very strong. In-fact, at most we will be looking at a moderate tropical storm. The bottom line… Wind and surge will not be a big deal with this storm.

Andrea is pushing tropical moisture into Alabama from the southeast. As this moisture interacts with a cold front to our northwest, rain chances will remain high over Alabama this evening, tonight and on Thursday. I don’t expect rain all day with this event. Since the track of Andrea will move over the Florida Panhandel and into south Georgia Thursday evening through Friday morning, we’ll be on the west side of the circulation. This means we won’t get as much rain as areas east of the circulation. That being said, many areas in Alabama have picked up some very heavy rain today, but the storms have been more of the scattered type, rather than non-stop rain.

We’ll notice rain and storms at times through Friday. I do not expect severe weather issues here.

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