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Strong winds causes power outage on the strip in Tuscaloosa (video)

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No one was injured after a tree fell on this house in Tuscaloosa Thursday night. No one was injured after a tree fell on this house in Tuscaloosa Thursday night.

Strong winds roared through Tuscaloosa Thursday night, causing downed power lines and power outages across parts of the city.

Residents and businesses on and around the strip (University Blvd.) near the University of Alabama campus lost power tonight, and you can see video of the area going dark below, or you can click here to watch on YouTube.

Alabama Power reported nearly 7,000 customers without service in West Alabama, and close to 6,000 without power in the Birmingham area, mainly in Jefferson County.

ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann reported wind gusts of up to 57 mph at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse, and the average wind speed hovered in the 35-45 mph range. 

Spann said the winds were a result of a wake low/gravity wave combination, a weather event explained best by Kirk Mellish, a respected radio meteorologist in Atlanta.

Mellish on a wake low/gravity wave combo:

"A big complex of rain and thunderstorms can push up a lot of air, it then falls back to earth, which causes a rapid change in temp and air pressure over a short distance putting the atmosphere out of balance, the wind accelerated as nature tried to get the atmosphere back in balance or equilibrium. A small mountain of air (high) was followed by a hole in the air (low). The wind rushed from the mountain to fill the hole. The steeper the grade or gradient between the two the harder the climb or the harder the wind. Nature tries to equal out the two to reach a flat known as a stasis. Ocean waves are another example. A rock dropped into a lake and the resulting splash and waves that radiate out from it are another example."

 

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