9am Thursday Radar Check/Thoughts… #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday morning! At 9am, we continue to deal with very heavy tropical rain bands tracking northeast across Alabama. At the moment, there are 3 convective bands across the state. One over Gadsden, Pell City and Aniston, moving northeast. A second band is located from Jasper to Vance to Greensboro to Linden, moving north northeast. A 3rd band stretched from Reform to Livingston to Butler is moving north northeast. There are some flooding issues being reported, and I’m concerned about the risk of flooding and potentially flash flooding into the afternoon. Rain amounts have already reached 2 to 4 inches in many areas, with an additional 1 to 4 inches possible across the area between now and Saturday.

There will be breaks in the rain; in-fact, by this afternoon and evening, the rain should become less widespread and more scattered. As that happens and the atmosphere heats up a bit, a few isolated spin-up tornadoes are not out of the question. Short lived EF-0 to EF-1 tornadoes are common with a landfalling tropical system, and we’re in the position where that occurs to the east of the circulation. On Friday, there will be even fewer number of showers and storms across the area, with a risk of a few isolated quick, spin-up tornadoes. I expect most areas to get a few passing downpours on Friday, but not the widespread nature of the rain like our current situation.

There is a flash flood watch for most of west and central Alabama until 7pm tonight, and a tornado watch for areas south of Tuscaloosa and west of I-65 through 1pm this afternoon. The tornado watch may be expanded northward and extended through the evening a little later today.

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If a tornado warning is issued for our area, you can watch us live non-stop on WVUA/WUOA or online here: http://wvua23.com/severe-weather-happening-now-live-stream/

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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