Live Blog – Heavy Storms Moving Through
Posted on: 11:09 am, July 23, 2013, by Ben Smith
This photo is from Brittney, a viewer in Russellville. It shows flooding near Russellville High School. The Russellville Fire Department reports significant flash flooding, including several flooded homes. The National Weather Service says the heaviest rainfall has shifted south of the Russellville areat, but runoff from the rains will continue for the next hour or two causing more flash flooding in small creeks and streams. Three to four inches of rain have fallen over a large portion of north central and central Franklin County this morning.
A few more isolated showers and storms are possible through the afternoon and evening – especially over NE Alabama. Here’s a photo from Andy Prince (@PrinceAndy5) showing asphalt washed away by this morning’s flooding in Russellville, Alabama.
Additional storms most likely this afternoon in Lincoln, Franklin (TN), Marion (TN), Madison, Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah and Cherokee Counties. An outflow boundary (thin green line moving south of Fayetteville on radar) will create new spotty heavy thunderstorms through the next few hours. Isolated rainfall amounts could exceed 1 inch under the heaviest downpours, but widespread flooding like that of this morning is not very likely.
A cluster of heavy thunderstorms (not severe) with lightning, and briefly heavy rain is moving SE across Madison, Limestone, and Jackson Counties. Individual storms are moving SE at about 10 MPH; that means localized downpours could produce more than a half inch to a full inch of rain in less than 45 mins.
The Flash Flood Warning for Limestone County has been cancelled. Isolated heavy downpours continue, but the flooding threat is decreasing rapidly for all of the Tennessee Valley this afternoon.
The weather will be much quieter in the Tennessee Valley this evening and overnight, but more storms are possible tomorrow. See the forecast discussion at http://whnt.com/weather/forecast/
Here are some of the storm reports from today’s rain and thunderstorm event:
Local Storm Report by NWS HUN: Leighton [Colbert Co, AL] broadcast media reports TSTM WND DMG at 08:56 AM CDT — a tree was blown down on new high school street.
3:24 Local Storm Report by NWS HUN: Russellville [Franklin Co, AL] emergency mngr reports FLASH FLOOD at 10:40 AM CDT — portions of lawerence street are barricaded due to flash flooding
3:24 Local Storm Report by NWS HUN: Russellville [Franklin Co, AL] emergency mngr reports FLASH FLOOD at 10:40 AM CDT — flash flooding reported on coffee street
3:24 Local Storm Report by NWS HUN: Russellville [Franklin Co, AL] emergency mngr reports FLASH FLOOD at 11:00 AM CDT — water entering county courthouse basement
3:24 Local Storm Report by NWS HUN: 1 NNE Crossville [Dekalb Co, AL] trained spotter reports HEAVY RAIN of E1.75 INCH at 11:38 AM CDT — 1 to 2 inches of water reported over the road on cr 46. estimated rainfall from observational site nearby totaled around 1.75 inches in one hour.
Check out the dual-pol storm total estimates for Franklin County today! Three to four inches of rain fell along US 43 between Phil Campbell and Russellville and along AL 24 from the Industrial Park west toward Belgreen. The only actual measurements we have from that area show 3.13″ at Russellville Airport at 1.98″ at Bailey Bend between Phil Campbell and Hodges. Those numbers line up well with the estimates.