SYLACAUGA, Ala. – A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the eastern half of Central Alabama including Barbour, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Elmore, Etowah, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties. A Tropical Storm Watch had been issued late Saturday.

As of 4:45 a.m., the National Weather Service in Birmingham reported that the storm was about 720 miles south-southeast of Birmingham and about 640 miles south-southeast of Montgomery. The storm, with 130 mph intensity, was moving to the northwest at 8 mph.

Irma is expected to have noticeable impact across the eastern half of Central Alabama on Monday into Monday night. Winds of at least 35 mph may begin as early as the pre-dawn hours Monday in the southeast counties. Conditions will worsen during the afternoon and evening on Monday as strong winds spread northward with gusts possibly reaching 50 to 70 mph. Scattered tree and power line damage is possible along with power outages. Some structural damage is also possible. The greatest wind gusts and impacts are expected to be generally along and east of a line from Blountsville to Sylacauga to Montgomery to Troy. Conditions will gradually improve on Tuesday as Irma continues to weaken and move to the north.

The warning focuses on wind and flooding, with possible related damage, but does not anticipate any tornado activity.

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UPDATE 11:02 a.m. CDT

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Hurricane Irma Local Statement Advisory Number 46
National Weather Service Birmingham AL AL112017
1102 AM CDT Sun Sep 10 2017

This product covers CENTRAL ALABAMA

**Irma Impacts for Central Alabama**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– None

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Hurricane Irma Local Statement Advisory Number 45
National Weather Service Birmingham AL AL112017
513 AM CDT Sun Sep 10 2017

This product covers CENTRAL ALABAMA

**Tropical Storm Warning now in effect for the eastern half of
Central Alabama**


NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Blount, Cherokee,
Etowah, and St. Clair
– The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm
Warning for Barbour, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Clay,
Cleburne, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Pike,
Randolph, Russell, Talladega, and Tallapoosa

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbour, Blount,
Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa,
Elmore, Etowah, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph,
Russell, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa

* STORM INFORMATION:
– About 720 miles south-southeast of Birmingham AL or about 640
miles south-southeast of Montgomery AL
– 24.1N 81.5W
– Storm Intensity 130 mph
– Movement Northwest or 325 degrees at 8 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Irma is expected to have noticable impacts across the eastern half of
Central Alabama on Monday into Monday night. Winds of at least 35 mph
may begin as early as the pre dawn hours Monday in the southeast
counties. Conditions will worsen during the afternoon and evening on
Monday as strong winds spread northward with gusts possibly reaching 50
to 70 mph. Scattered tree and power line damage is possible along with
power outages. Some structural damage is also possible. The greatest
wind gusts and impacts are expected to be generally along and east of a
line from Blountsville to Sylacauga to Montgomery to Troy. Conditions
will gradually improve on Tuesday as Irma continues to weaken and move
to the north.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts mainly
east of a line from Blountsville to Sylacauga to Montgomery to Troy.
Potential impacts in this area include:
– Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings
experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile
homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight
objects become dangerous projectiles.
– Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
fences and roadway signs blown over.
– Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access
routes impassable.
– Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in
areas with above ground lines.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across CENTRAL ALABAMA. Potential impacts include:
– Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
– Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents.
Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches may become
swollen and overflow in spots.
– Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually
vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water
occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become
near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge
closures.

* TORNADOES:
No impacts are anticipated at this time across CENTRAL ALABAMA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:

WATCH/WARNING PHASE – For those not under evacuation orders,
understand that there are inherent risks to evacuation (such as
traffic congestion, accidents, and driving in bad weather), so
evacuate only if necessary. Help keep roadways open for those that
are under evacuation orders.

WATCH/WARNING PHASE – If you are exceptionally vulnerable to wind or
water hazards from tropical systems, consider voluntary evacuation,
especially if being officially recommended. Relocate to a
predetermined shelter or safe destination.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary
actions to secure your home or business. Deliberate efforts should be
underway to protect life and property. Ensure that your Emergency
Supplies Kit is stocked and ready.

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the
exact forecast track as there are inherent forecast uncertainties
which must be taken into account.

If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind,
such as a mobile home, an upper floor of a high rise building, or on
a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you
and your family for several days.

If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as
near the ocean or a large inland lake, in a low lying or poor
drainage area, in a valley or canyon, or near an already swollen
river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground

Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders
that are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives
of others.

When securing your property, outside preparations should be conducted
as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate. The onset of
strong gusty winds and heavy rain can cause certain preparedness
activities to become unsafe.

Be sure to let friends and other family members know of your
intentions and whereabouts for surviving the storm. For emergency
purposes, have someone located away from the threatened area serve as
your point of contact. Share vital contact information with others.
Keep cell phones handy and well charged.

Be a Good Samaritan and check on those who may not be fully aware of
the situation or who are unable to make personal preparations.

Visitors to the area should become familiar with nearby surroundings.
If you are a visitor, know the name of the county or parish in which
you are located and where it is relative to current watches and
warnings. If staying at a hotel, ask the management staff about their
onsite disaster plan. Listen for evacuation orders, especially
pertaining to area visitors.

Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for
official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the
forecast.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
– For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
– For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
– For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Birmingham AL around 11 AM CDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.

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