Severe Weather Live Blog: April 11, 2013
Posted on: 12:29 pm, April 11, 2013, by Brandon Chambers, updated on: 05:03pm, April 11, 2013
We’ll be posting frequent updates on the unfolding severe weather situation around the region here throughout this afternoon and evening. Check back often for the latest information.
That National Weather Service will be going out tomorrow to survey the damage that occurred today over South Huntsville to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight line winds.
We’re still watching for any signs of severe weather in DeKalb, far east Jackson, Etowah, and Cherokee Counties in North Alabama. Everyone else is in the clear except for some light/moderate showers for the next 2-4 hours. This is the view from Fort Payne on Lookout Mountain from Jenna Wright (@ALshortie)
This is a view from S. Memorial Parkway in Huntsville when the severe storm was coming through South Huntsville. It looks like a tornado, but it is actually a view looking from north to south toward Walmart on Mem’l Pkwy. I believe it’s a shelf cloud. Thanks to Amanda Smith (@ayeksmith) for the Twitpic.
This is what the severe storms look like on the front end before they get to you. Severe thunderstorm warnings remain in effect for Jackson, DeKalb and Marshall Counties.: (from @TerriMonroe11 on Twitter in Rainsville)
Tornado warning and severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Madison County; Severe thunderstorm warning extends into Jackson County until 5:15 PM. No significant damage has been reported in Limestone, Morgan or Madison Counties. There has been a report of damage and an injury from this complex when it came through Winston County earlier.
A portion of Limestone County is under a Tornado Warning until 4:15pm. Our live, continuous weather coverage continues on WHNT, WHNT2 and WHNT.com: http://whnt.com/on-air/live-streaming/
Photo by Sean Callahan of the storm in Limestone County, near the airport. (Submitted via the WHNT Facebook page.) Thank you for the photo, Sean.
This is a list of tornado shelters in north Alabama. We’ve added several new locations, too, thanks to your tips throughout the day. Please make sure you have a safe location for your family. Many of these shelters are open now: http://whnt.com/2012/02/17/list-of-tornado-shelters-in-north-alabama/
Jason Manset in Moulton (@jmanset_2 on Twitter) tells us that the rain is extremely heavy but the wind is actually stronger before the thunderstorms arrive. That’s good news for now. He sent us this photo of a ragged, low cloud – it’s likely “scud” associated with the cooling effect of the rain. Use #valleywx if you’re tweeting us!
The supercell that has produced a long history of damage and one fatality in Mississippi is moving northeast at about 50 MPH. This storm is isolated and it is riding the northern edge of the higher-dewpoint air (higher instability).
That unstable air is moving north; we may have to deal with this storm between 3 and 5 PM in Winston, Lawrence, Morgan and/or Cullman Counties. That’s obviously a long way off, but it’s something we’re watching closely.
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