BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Ala. has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for a majority of Central Alabama including the RadioAlabama/SylacaugaNews.com coverage area.
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Hurricane Nate Local Statement Advisory Number 13
National Weather Service Birmingham AL AL162017
1219 PM CDT Sat Oct 7 2017
This product covers Central Alabama
**Tropical Storm Warning issued for portions of Central Alabama**
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Lamar, Marion, and Winston
– The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, and Pickens
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, and Tuscaloosa
– A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Fayette, Lamar, Lee, Macon, Marion, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa, Walker, and Winston
* STORM INFORMATION:
– About 490 miles south-southwest of Birmingham AL or about 420
miles south-southwest of Montgomery AL
– 26.6N 88.4W
– Storm Intensity 90 mph
– Movement North-northwest or 340 degrees at 26 mph
Nate is expected to have possible significant impacts across much of Central Alabama on Sunday. Sustained winds of 40 to 55 mph may begin as early as 4 AM Sunday in the southwest counties. Conditions will worsen through Sunday morning into the afternoon as strong winds 30 to 40 mph and heavy rain spread northward. Wind gusts could reach reach 45 to 60 mph in a swath encompassing much of Central Alabama with 60 to 75 mph gusts possible in the far southwestern counties. Scattered to numerous downed trees may cause damage along with a significant number of power outages. The greatest wind gusts and impacts are expected to be generally along and east of a line from Pickensville to Lake Tuscaloosa to Blountsville. Isolated tornadoes are also possible Sunday afternoon generally along, west, and south of a line from Linden to Chelsea to Wedowee. Conditions will improve Sunday night into Monday morning as Nate continues to weaken and move to the northeast.
Protect against life-threatening wind having possible extensive impacts in southwestern counties. Potential impacts in this area include:
– Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over.
– Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable.
– Large areas with power and communications outages.
Also, protect against dangerous wind having possible limited to significant impacts generally along and east of a line from Pickensville to Lake Tuscaloosa to Blountsville.
* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against 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.
Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts generally southeast of a Interstate 20 corridor. Potential impacts include:
– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
– A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions.
– Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.
Elsewhere across Central Alabama, little to no impact is anticipated.
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 bring to completion all preparations to protect life and property in accordance with your emergency plan.
Keep cell phones well charged and handy. Also, cell phone chargers for automobiles can be helpful after the storm. Locate your chargers and keep them with your cell phone.
In emergencies, it is best to remain calm. Stay informed and focused on the situation at hand. Exercise patience with those you encounter. Be a Good Samaritan and helpful to others.
If you are a visitor and still in the area, listen for the name of the city or town in which you are staying within local news updates.
Be sure you know the name of the county or parish in which it resides. Pay attention for instructions from local authorities.
Closely monitor NOAA Weather radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to 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
The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in Birmingham AL around 5 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.
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Including the cities of Hamilton, Sulligent, Vernon, Fayette,
Double Springs, Jasper, Roanoke, Alexander City, Dadeville,
Valley, Lanett, Lafayette, Tuskegee, Union Springs, Auburn,
Opelika, Phenix City, Troy, and Eufaula
1225 PM CDT Sat Oct 7 2017
…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 PM CDT SUNDAY…
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 7 PM this evening to 10 PM CDT Sunday.
* TIMING…Winds will increase early Sunday morning, as early as 7AM.
* WINDS…Sustained winds of 20-35 mph are possible with some gusts into the 35-45 mph range
* IMPACTS…These wind speeds and gusts are capable of snapping some tree limbs, damaging unsecured smaller outdoor items, and may produce isolated power outages
A Wind Advisory means that wind gusts of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult…especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.