Rain Lingers Through The Morning – Areal Flood Warning


The severe weather threat is over for the Tennessee Valley, but steady, light-moderate rain continues for much of the region.  A few heavier pockets are possible, along with an occasional rumble of thunder, but keep in mind the severe threat is over.

Due to an estimated up to two inches of rain that has already fallen, with more rain continuing, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Huntsville has issued an Areal Flood Warning for; Franklin, Lincoln, Moore (TN), & Madison (AL) until 7:15 am.  According to the NWS, Madison County officials are reporting many roads are impassable or closed due to flooding.  Rain will gradually clear from west to east through mid-to-late morning. Below is look of the radar as of 4:05 am.


Below are a few of the damage reports from northwest Alabama and southern Tennessee from earlier storms.  The entire WHNT weather team was monitoring the progress of storms overnight, check our archived live blog from the event for more information on more reports and how storms progressed.

*Colbert County:  Tree down on Snow Road, east of Iuka, tree down on Riverton Rose Trail, multiple trees down approaching Waterloo in the westbound lane.

*Hardin County, TN: Trees and power lines down on Riverside Drive in Crump, TN

*Lawrence County, TN: Power outages along Highway 64, tree down on residence on 5th Street in Lawrenceburg.

*From Lauderdale Co. EMA via NWS CHAT: “Damage Report Tree down Hwy 157 and CR 85 just reported through 911″

*Lincoln Co, TN: Law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 21 Dec, 11:27 AM CST — trees knocked down on West Campbell Street.

*Lincoln Co, TN: Law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 21 Dec, 11:28 AM CST — trees knocked down on Eldad Road. Power out in parts of Fayetteville.

*Franklin Co, TN:cCo-op observer reports TSTM WND DMG at 21 Dec, 12:15 AM CST — one tree down on Highway 41A 2.5 blocks east of courthouse.

Thankfully everything didn’t come together for the formation of tornadic storms, but storms still did pack a punch across the entire Tennessee Valley, with the strongest in southern/middle Tennessee and northwest Alabama. Besides strong storms, there were non-thunderstorm wind gusts greater than 40 mph.  The wind has calmed down quite a bit, with now a sustained wind mostly between about 5-10 mph.

If you have to travel early this morning, use extra caution on the roads, standing water likely and possibly a few tree branches in the road due to gusty wind.  After the bulk of the rain moves east this morning, a few stray, light showers will remain possible for the remainder of the day as the main cold front moves through later today.  Clouds will linger as well, with not much of a temperature rise. Highs will be in the upper 50s and low to mid 60s.

– Jennifer Watson

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