Tornadoes Rip Through Alabama; School Closings and Delays
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.
Governor Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency for all Alabama counties. Bentley says 100 national guard members are on standby and ready to help if necessary.
North central Alabama is expecting another round of severe weather Tuesday afternoon. Strong storms will move through bringing the threat of strong winds, hail, heavy rain and more tornadoes. The storms are expected in the Birmingham area after 3 p.m.
School schedule changes on Tuesday include:
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute — Closing at 2pm
Birmingham Public Library — Closing at 3pm
UAB suspending campus operations at 2pm. The Kirklin Clinic closing at 3pm. UAB Hospital remains open. More at uab.edu/emergency
University of Montevallo — Closing at 1pm
Samford University — Closing at 1pm
Alabama School of Fine Arts — Dismissing at 1pm, Tuesday
Bessemer City Schools — Closed Tuesday
Birmingham City Schools — Elementary and Middle, Dismissing at 1pm, High Schools at 1:30pm, Tuesday
Briarwood Christian School – HIgh School will dismiss at 12:00, Jr. High will dismiss at 12:30, K4-TK Normal Carpool, Grades 1 – 6 will dismiss at 1:00 from classrooms, Tuesday
Creative Montessori School — closing at 1pm, Tuesday
Etowah County Schools — Closed Tuesday
Gadsden City Schools — Dismiss at 2pm, Tuesday
Homewood City Schools — Dismissing at 1pm, Tuesday
Hoover City Schools — Dismissing three hours early, Tuesday
Jefferson County Schools — Closed Tuesday
John Carroll Catholic High School – dismiss at 1:30 pm, Tuesday. After School Care and all after school activities have been cancelled
Leeds City Schools — Closing at 2pm, Tuesday
Shelby County Schools — Dismissing at 1pm, Tuesday
Vestavia Hills City Schools — Dismissing 2 hours early, Tuesday
You can find additional closing information here.
~ April 29, 2014
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.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham says waves of severe storms are expected across north and central Alabama through Wednesday. Strong winds and tornados 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. The entire state is under a flash flood watch with as much as 5 inches of rain in the forecast. Schools releasing students early include Birmingham City Schools, Jefferson County Schools, Hoover City Schools and Shelby County Schools.