Live Blog – Heavy Storms Moving Through

Ben Smith July 23, 201311:06 am

Here is the large view. The heaviest rain falls in Franklin County near Russellville and Phil Campbell where a flash flood warning remains in effect until 1:15pm. More showers and storms are near the Huntsville International Airport.

Ben Smith July 23, 201311:08 am

There is heavy rain and strong lightning just after 11am over the Huntsville International Airport. Looks like we are going to surpass 9″ officially for the month of July. 55 is the number of lightning strikes in the last five minutes.

Ben Smith July 23, 201311:14 am

Heavy storms moving through downtown.

Ben Smith July 23, 201311:16 am

Heavy rain still falls around Phil Campbell at 11:15am.

Ben Smith July 23, 201311:19 am

Rain is about to pick up in Lacey’s Spring and Morgan City.

Ben Smith July 23, 201311:32 am

Rain is slowly shifting south and east.

Ben Smith July 23, 201311:41 am

Some of the heaviest rain in all of the Tennessee Valley falls along US 231 from south Huntsville to Morgan City.

Claire Aiello July 23, 201312:03 pm

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.

Ben Smith July 23, 201312:20 pm

Still raining along US 431, but it’s not as heavy!

Ben Smith July 23, 201312:22 pm

Thankfully the heaviest rain is moving out of Russellville.

Ben Smith July 23, 201312:25 pm

Light rain and a few storms in DeKalb County.

Claire Aiello July 23, 201312:33 pm

Several streets are flooded in Russellville – police urge drivers to use caution and NOT drive around barricades. This photo shows flooding at the intersection of West Tuscaloosa and South Washington Street in Russellville. (Photo: Carter Watkins, WHNT News 19)

Ben Smith July 23, 201312:39 pm

Here is a bigger view. Heavier showers and storms move southeast this early afternoon and things should slowly improve through the day. This image taken at 12:40pm.

Jason Simpson July 23, 201312:48 pm

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.

Jason Simpson July 23, 201312:53 pm

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.

Jason Simpson July 23, 20132:15 pm

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.

Jason Simpson July 23, 20132:30 pm

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for NE Limestone County including places like Ardmore, Elkmont, Old Schoolhouse Road, Pinedale Road, and nearby areas. Radar estimates that over 3-4″ of rain has fallen in the past hour.

Jason Simpson July 23, 20132:50 pm

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.

Jason Simpson July 23, 20133:28 pm

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

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.

Jason Simpson July 23, 20134:05 pm

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.