Severe Storms Move Into Alabama
The National Weather Service in Birmingham says waves of severe storms are expected across north and central Alabama through Wednesday. Strong winds and tornadoes are on the minds of many in the south; this past weekend marked the three-year anniversary of the 2011 tornados that ripped through Alabama.
Meteorologist Jim Stephvokitch says residents should have other concerns in mind as well. “We don’t want people to just focus on tornado warnings we have the potential for all modes of severe weather. That includes straight line winds, 60 to 80 mile an hour tornados, large hail, and flash flooding.”
The entire state is under a flash flood watch with as much as 5 inches of rain in the forecast.Schools around north central Alabama are releasing students early today. Forecasters are predicting strong thunderstorms across the South, with the possibility of hail and tornadoes.
Early closings and cancellations include:
Birmingham City — Closing at 1 p.m.
Jefferson County — Closing at 1 p.m.
Hoover — Closing 2 hours early, no after school activities
Homewood — All after school activities and extended day programs have been cancelled
Shelby County — Closing at 1 p.m.
Gadsden State Community College (all campuses) — Closing at 1:30 p.m.
Additionally, classes and normal campus operations at The University of Alabama at Birmingham will be suspended at 5 pm today, April 28. Normal operations are planned for Tuesday, April 29.
MAX bus service has been suspended after 4 p.m.
You can find additional closing information here.
Powerful storms blew through Alabama Monday afternoon and overnight, killing at least three people in the state, overturning cars and destroying homes. Possible tornadoes hit Limestone and Madison counties before plowing through parts of Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties.
At least 3 people in Alabama have died and more than 100,000 Alabama Power customers were without electricity after strong storms raked across the state Monday night. As many as 18 tornadoes may have touched down. But as residents dig out there’s a second line of storms on the way.
The National Weather Service estimates about 58 tornados hit the South last night, and more severe weather is on the way. Up to 18 of the tornados were in Central Alabama, where they damaged buildings and knocked down trees and power lines. A tornado with wind speeds of up to 100 miles per hour hit Kimberly, a town of less than 3,000 people. Two of its most important buildings were damaged — one almost completely obliterated. WBHM’s Dan Carsen went there to assess the damage and hear about how residents were coping. Carsen took pictures and speaks with WBHM News Director Rachel Osier Lindley.