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Dangerous Severe Weather Expected Tuesday Evening (2/23/16)

posted Feb 23, 2016, 6:23 AM by J.T. Johnston

The National Weather Service is forecasting a dangerous severe weather situation for Tuesday Evening.  The system is expected to start affecting SW Alabama in the late afternoon and move East of I-65 around midnight.  The storms in this system will be moving very fast (possibly as fast as 60mph), so there will be little time to take shelter when a warning is issued.

The primary threats from these storms are large hail (golf ball or larger), high winds (70+ mph), and STRONG, LONG-TRACK TORNADOES. 

Make sure you have multiple means of receiving warnings, especially something that will wake you in the night, such as a NOAA Weather Alert Radio.

Severe Weather Possible Mon. Morning (12/28) (updated 12/27/15 3:40pm)

posted Dec 26, 2015, 9:12 PM by J.T. Johnston   [ updated Dec 27, 2015, 1:41 PM ]

UPDATE - Timing of main line of storms now expected to be between dawn & noon on Monday.  The greatest risk for severe weather is with this line, though there will be isolated storms ahead of the line.  Main threats are damaging wind gusts, isolated tornadoes, and heavy rain.

ORIGINAL POST FROM 12/26/15 - Based on the NWS Mobile forecast discussion from Saturday afternoon, it appears that severe weather is possible in the storm system that will be approaching from the West on Sunday night.  Isolated tornadoes are possible.  They are estimating that the area will receive 1-2 inches of rain from these storms with some locally heavier amounts.  This could produce more flooding.

The storms will begin popping up in our area late Sunday night, but based on current thinking, it looks like we'll see most of the storms on Monday morning.

The basics are:

What:  Heavy rain w/ possible severe thunderstorms & isolated tornadoes
When: Late Sunday night thru midday Monday
Where:  All of Monroe County
Impacts:  Additional Flooding Possible & Potential for Wind & Hail damage.

Ongoing Road Issues and More Rain on the Way. (12/25/15 5:30pm)

posted Dec 25, 2015, 3:28 PM by J.T. Johnston   [ updated Dec 25, 2015, 6:27 PM ]

We are expecting another storm system to move through the area Sunday night and Monday bringing strong to severe thunderstorms and more heavy rain.  With the flooding we experienced Thursday, we certainly don't look forward to more rain.  Please be weather aware all next week, as there is another good chance for rain on Wednesday, according to the current forecast.

Also, there are numerous roads that are impassable or partially washed out.  The following list is not comprehensive, but includes the major issues that we know about.  Roads & streets through areas that experience flooding during "normal" heavy rain events are likely to have problems, so be careful in those areas, even if they aren't listed here.

Known road issues
  • Snyder Ave CLOSED just North of Oak Grove Church Rd due to washout/blown out culvert
  • Deer Creek Road CLOSED at the bridge due to washouts
  • Watson Road CLOSED approx. 100 yards from Drewry Rd intersection due to washout
  • Old Salem Creek Rd. IMPASSABLE at Limestone Creek.  Bridge is completely under water.  DO NOT ENTER THIS AREA.
  • Landfill Road partially washed out but PASSABLE approximately 100 yards from Experiment Farm Rd.
  • Curry Road Bridge is CLOSED
Again, we expect many other roads, especially dirt roads, have damage that has not been found/reported.  Please use caution traveling any dirt roads, lesser used paved roads, and in low lying areas during any rain event.  Water could come back up very quickly during the coming storms.

Severe Weather Possible Wednesday 12/23/2015

posted Dec 22, 2015, 11:28 AM by J.T. Johnston

The Storm Prediction Center considers our area in a Slight Risk for Severe Weather on Wednesday.  The National Weather Service in Mobile says:

  • Isolated Severe Thunderstorms, Isolated Tornadoes, and Flash Flooding are all possible Wednesday morning through Wednesday night.
  • The severe storms that do develop may not be widespread but will likely become rapidly severe.
  • It is important that you be weather aware and have several means of receiving warnings, including a NOAA weather alert radio that can wake you with a loud alert tone in the event of a tornado warning.
  • Southeastern Monroe County is in an elevated area of risk for flash flooding on Wednesday along and Southeast of a line from approximately Burnt Corn to Chrysler.
The graphics below provide additonal details.


Tropical Storm Kate Forms (11/9/15 - 9:20am)

posted Nov 9, 2015, 7:22 AM by J.T. Johnston   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 7:23 AM ]

Tropical Storm Kate has formed near the Bahamas.  We don't expect any impacts from her in our area.

No New Alerts, at this time.

posted Oct 12, 2015, 12:20 PM by J.T. Johnston

T.S. Ida - Just Wandering About (9/24/2015 - 9am)

posted Sep 24, 2015, 7:01 AM by J.T. Johnston

We have not been concerned with any of the storms of late but thought we should send out something on T.S. Ida.  Several days ago, it looked like Ida would move pretty much due North in the mid-Atlantic.  Since then, she has wandered around staying in pretty much the same place.  The current forecast track eventually shows her moving West.

There is a possibility that Ida has already weakened to a Tropical Depression, and she may dissipate completely.  At present, we just want you to be aware of her, in case she hangs around.

Hurricane Fred - Mon. 8/31/15 @ 10:10am

posted Aug 31, 2015, 8:12 AM by J.T. Johnston   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 8:13 AM ]

Thankfully, T.S. Erika dissipated, and according to the current 5 day outlook from the Hurricane Center, is not expected to regenerate.  About the same time that Erika went away, Fred formed near the West coast of Africa and quickly became a hurricane.  Fred is currently near the Cape Verde Islands and is forecast to move Northwest.  Some strengthening is expect over the next day or so, but dry air and shear are expected to take over after that which will cause Fred to weaken.

As you will see from the map, the forecast track for Fred should keep him away from our area.  We are beginning the peak portion of the season, so it is likely that another storm will form after Fred. 

Also, September is National Preparedness Month.  Are you ready?

Tropical Storm Erika on Westward Track

posted Aug 26, 2015, 8:22 AM by Lana Wilson

The latest reports are showings Tropical Storm Erika moving westward at about 17mph, with maximum sustained winds of 45mph. The center of Erika will move near or over
portions of the Leeward Islands tonight and move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Thursday.

The outlook for both intensity and track over the next 4-5 days is still uncertain. Please review your emergency plans and stay vigilant as we post new information.

T.S. Erika has formed - 8/25/15 8:55am

posted Aug 25, 2015, 6:55 AM by J.T. Johnston

As expected, the tropical system in the Atlantic was designated Tropical Storm Erika in last night's 10pm CDT advisory.  Erika is expected to intensify for the next 3-4 days.  After that, there is disagreement in the intensity model, so we'll just have to wait and see.

As you will see on the tracking map, the current forecast would have Erika turning Northwest and moving toward the East coast of Florida.  That does NOT mean that Erika won't get into the Gulf.  Erika appears to be a little more robust storm than Danny, so she may not fade away so easily.

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