9:30pm Friday Radar Update… Storms Ending Fast… More Storms Ahead… #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday evening to you! After a mess with a strong MCS passing through the area this evening, storms are rapidly winding down. As of 9:30pm, rain is still falling roughly along and east of I-65 and moving east. Most areas will be dry well before midnight. The storms brought very large hail and damaging winds to some spots this afternoon. In-fact, I had hail the size of golf ball to base ball at my house near the north end of Lake Tuscaloosa. I lost a tree in my back yard and have some minor roof shingle damage from wind and hail. The more common hail size was dime to golf ball in the more intense storms. I’ve heard of several structure fires likely related to lightning strikes this evening. Rain amounts vary drastically, with some areas over south west Alabama not getting a drop, while some spots got over 2 inches…

Storms like this can be very hard to predict, as their movement often changes, and they could dissipate at any time. We expected the storms roughly along and northwest of I-20, then the storms to die out somewhere close to Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. As you can see, the storms have made it all the way to Montgomery. Just goes to show you how difficult and complicated these things are.

There’s a chance another MCS moves through the area Saturday afternoon and evening, but I highly doubt the intensity will be like what we just experienced. The MCS tomorrow will develop to our west and quickly weaken as it tracks east across the state. Looks like the best chance of this will be after 3pm tomorrow, with higher rain chances in west Alabama.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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