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Latest update on potential for severe weather in Alabama (Friday, 12:03am)

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Threats of severe weather overnight in Alabama. (NWS Birmingham) Threats of severe weather overnight in Alabama. (NWS Birmingham)

Latest update on the potential for severe weather in Alabama from the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog:


Friday, 12:03 a.m.

Gusty Winds Ahead of Storms

The surface winds continue to increase across the area. Winds are gusting to 30-40mph out ahead of the main batch of storms. A wind advisory is being issued for the area as strong winds are capable of producing some tree damage.

Storms continue to move across West Alabama. The most intense activity is affecting Fayette County and is now pushing into portions of Walker County as well as northern Tuscaloosa County and then back to the west in Pickens County. Heavy rain, strong winds and frequent lightning can occur within these thunderstorms.

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CDT FRIDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CDT FRIDAY.

* TIMING...OF THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE THROUGH 4 AM. WINDS WILL DISSIPATE TO BELOW CRITERIA ONCE THE FRONT WORKS THROUGH.

* WINDS...WILL BE SUSTAINED AT 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUST OF 30 TO 40 MPH AT TIMES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 24 MPH AND HIGHER... OR WIND GUSTS OF 36 MPH AND HIGHER...ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION. IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CDT FRIDAY.

* TIMING...OF THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE THROUGH 4 AM. WINDS WILL DISSIPATE TO BELOW CRITERIA ONCE THE FRONT WORKS THROUGH.

* WINDS...WILL BE SUSTAINED AT 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUST OF 30 TO 40 MPH AT TIMES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 24 MPH AND HIGHER... OR WIND GUSTS OF 36 MPH AND HIGHER...ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Thursday, 11:12 p.m.

Strong, non-severe storms continue to make their way into Alabama.

These storms are producing gusty winds, up to 50mph, heavy rain and frequent cloud to ground lightning. The low-level jet has intensified the last few hours and has allowed more moist air to move in which is providing a little more fuel for the thunderstorms coming into the state.

Hamilton, Sulligent, Vernon, Reform and Pickensville are seeing some rough weather currently. These storms will be impacting Haleyville, Fayette and Gordo within the hour.

Thursday, 10 p.m.

Thunderstorms are getting ready to cross the state line and make their way into West Alabama. None of these storms are currently severe, but a few of them are strong. Areas form Pickens through Lamar and Marion Counties will begin to see the rain fall shortly. Some lightning, gusty winds and small hail may accompany these storms.

Storms are right on time, 10-11 PM was mentioned all day for storms to enter the state. These storms will continue to move east and should be to Fayette and Jasper around midnight. Birmingham and the Interstate 65 corridor around the 2-3 AM time frame. Areas in east Alabama 4-6 AM.

Main threat with the storms tonight will be damaging winds. There could be an isolated severe thunderstorm and even an isolated tornado still cannot be ruled out. The greatest chance for severe weather is over portions of our northwestern counties. Instability and shear values have really come down through the evening. Storms overall should continue to weaken overnight.

Many areas will see a soaking rain overnight.

Thursday, 9 p.m.

"The line of storms is weakening as it encounters weakening instability in eastern Mississippi, but slightly higher dewpoints are creeping up into west central Alabama. Tuscaloosa is at 64F now with a temperature of 79F, so warm air is still in place. Temperatures won't cool substantially overnight thanks to the winds remaining up.

"Wind shear profiles are still supportive of severe thunderstorms over northwest Alabama and northeastern Mississippi though, so there is still a threat of isolated damaging winds and possibly even as tornado until the line weakens later tonight. We probably won't see a new watch later tonight unless things change.

"The severe thunderstorm warning that was on the storm approaching Starkville was just canceled by the NWS Jackson. No reports of any damage in the past hour. There is still lightning, heavy rain and strong, gusty winds will the storm. It will reach southern Lamar and northern Pickens County by 10 p.m."


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