Friday Morning Storms – Live Blog

Posted on: 3:54 am, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 07:35am, April 4, 2014

The severe threat is over for North Alabama; the next round of strong or severe storms is possible by Sunday night/Monday of next week.  See the forecast discussion at http://www.whnt.com/weather/forecast/ for the latest ideas about that situation.

Latest ARMOR StormVision Radar Image (refresh to update):

Jason Simpson April 4, 20143:59 am

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are posted all the way up to the MS/AL state line; storms firing ahead of the line *could* turn severe, but that line seems to be our primary threat this morning. 

Jason Simpson April 4, 20144:06 am

Storm progress over the next hour takes them into Florence, Tuscumbia, Belgreen, Waynesboro, Collinwood no later than 5:10 AM.  Times listed in the blue box are through the next 20 minutes.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20144:13 am

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Wayne County until 5 AM – strong gusty winds, frequent lightning with storms moving out of Hardin County into Wayne.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20144:16 am

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in effect for *western* Lauderdale and Colbert Counties.  The storms approaching Cherokee, Red Bay, and Waterloo are weakening some.  They have a history of some minor wind damage in North Miss.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20144:22 am

Some of the most recent damage reports from Mississippi:

Local Storm Report by NWS MEG: 2 W Ecru [Pontotoc Co, MS] broadcast media reports TSTM WND DMG  at 03:25 AM CDT — trees down west of ecru

3:58Local Storm Report by NWS MEG: Ecru [Pontotoc Co, MS] broadcast media reports TSTM WND DMG  at 03:30 AM CDT — power lines down
Jason Simpson April 4, 20144:25 am

Storms approaching the western side of The Shoals are weaker now; best dynamics shifting north, greatest instability to the south.  This is where the anticipated “weakening trend” from last night’s forecast should start showing up for the Tennessee Valley.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20144:39 am

Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 5:15 AM for Franklin and Lawrence Counties…strong winds the main threat for Russellville, Phil Campbell, Mt. Hope and Moulton.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20144:47 am

Instability is not “great” for storms this morning, but there’s just enough to keep them rolling – especially from Franklin and Lawrence Counties south in Central Alabama.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20144:51 am

Charles Daniel from ABC 33/40 in Birmingham reports a 53 MPH wind gust at their SkyCam in Hamilton.  Storms moving through Marion, Franklin and Lawrence Counties will be the most intense in northern Alabama – most capable of wind damage.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20144:55 am

50-60 MPH gusts with storms moving through Marion, Lamar, Franklin, Lawrence, Winston, Fayette and Walker Counties.  Stay indoors, away from windows. 

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:01 am

A personal weather station in Florence recorded a 45 MPH gust as storms passed overhead about 5 minutes ago.  Wind gusts approaching 50-60 MPH possible in Town Creek, Rogersville, as well as most of western Lawrence County.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:04 am

Most of the damage reports from Mississippi and Tennessee this morning are related to trees & power lines.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:05 am

Lauderdale County via NWS Chat: Lauderdale county damage report tree down on HWY 157  between CR 9 and 11 southbound lane blocked. Reported about 10 minutes ago

Ben Smith April 4, 20145:11 am

The National Weather Service in Birmingham reports numerous trees down in Lamar County between Sulligent and Detroit.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:13 am

Strongest storms in North Alabama are in Lawrence & Winston Counties.  Strong winds (over 50 MPH) possible in Moulton and along AL 35, AL 157, and AL 24 through 5:30 AM.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:14 am

NWS HUN: 5 E Russellville amateur radio reports trees and tree limbs reported down along with power a outage.  Winds 45-55 MPH.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:17 am
...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR MORGAN...WESTERN MADISON...
EASTERN LAUDERDALE...LAWRENCE AND LIMESTONE UNTIL 545 AM CDT...

AT 516 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF STRONG
THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR LEXINGTON TO 10 MILES
SOUTH OF MOULTON...AND MOVING EAST AT 65 MPH.

PEA SIZE HAIL AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE
STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
HUNTSVILLE...DECATUR...MADISON...ATHENS...HARTSELLE...MOULTON...
REDSTONE ARSENAL...MERIDIANVILLE...MOORES MILL AND HAZEL GREEN.
Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:26 am

Strong storm in SE Lawrence, SW Morgan Counties moving NE at 60 MPH.  Gusty winds over 50 MPH possible in that shaded area.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:28 am

Trees, power lines reported down on Lauderdale County Road 8, 47 and 30 as well as East Rasch Road.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:29 am

Hail from the Memphis area earlier this morning – this type of hail is possible in the stronger Alabama/Tennessee storms through the next few hours:

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:30 am
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
526 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

ALZ016-041115-
CULLMAN AL-
526 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CULLMAN  UNTIL 615 AM CDT...

AT 526 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A STRONG THUNDERSTORM NEAR
SARDIS...OR 20 MILES WEST OF CULLMAN...MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

PEA SIZE HAIL AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS
STORM.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
CULLMAN...HANCEVILLE...GOOD HOPE...HOLLY POND...DODGE CITY...
SARDIS...BALDWIN...VINEMONT...BAILEYTON AND WEST POINT.
Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:34 am

Strong storms producing wind gusts over 50 MPH – blue lines indicate estimated time of arrival through Morgan/Cullman Counties:

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:40 am

Tornado Watch cancelled for Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin and Lawrence Counties in Northwest Alabama.  The rest of the Tenn. Valley remains in the watch until 10 AM; however, counties will be trimmed from the watch area as the storms pass.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:47 am

Storms ramping up a bit in Madison County now; frequent lightning & wind gusts over 35 MPH likely through 6:30 AM.  Storms moving east – no sign of rotation right now.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:48 am
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
547 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

ALZ006>010-041130-
MARSHALL AL-MORGAN AL-MADISON AL-DE KALB AL-JACKSON AL-
547 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR MARSHALL...SOUTHEASTERN MORGAN...
MADISON...SOUTHWESTERN DE KALB AND JACKSON UNTIL 630 AM CDT...

AT 546 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF STRONG
THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF HAZEL
GREEN TO 8 MILES WEST OF ARAB...AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

PEA SIZE HAIL AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE
STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
HUNTSVILLE...MADISON...ALBERTVILLE...SCOTTSBORO...BOAZ...
GUNTERSVILLE...ARAB...RAINSVILLE...REDSTONE ARSENAL AND MOORES MILL.
Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:52 am

The wind is still gusty behind the main line (20-30 MPH); expect showers, lightning & thunder, and occasional gusts over 20 MPH as much as an hour after the line passes.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:54 am

Heavy rain, gusty winds blowing through Madison Co. now; this moves through Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb through the next 2 hours.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20145:56 am

Numerous trees & power lines are down around The Shoals; this is a picture of a tree that split in Florence:

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:00 am

Peak wind gusts so far:

North Florence (Drew Richards) – 50 MPH; Huntsville International – 49 MPH; West Florence – 45 MPH; Decatur River Bridge – 36 MPH (Tony Lyza/UAH)

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:05 am

ABC 33/40 reports a 64 MPH gust at the SkyCam in East Cullman; that intense storm is in NE Cullman County moving toward Arab (Marshall) and Rainbow Crossing, Blountsville (Blount).

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:06 am

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman and Marshall Counties until 6:30 AM – high winds main threat.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:15 am

Storms are progressing eastward quickly now; strongest of all in North Alabama is moving into Blount and southern Marshall where a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect.  Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Etowah, Cherokee Counties still have a threat of high winds (greater than 50 MPH), heavy rain, and frequent lightning through 8 AM.  Severe threat will end well before 10 AM.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:16 am
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
615 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

TNZ097-041130-
FRANKLIN TN-
615 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR EASTERN FRANKLIN COUNTY TN  UNTIL 630 AM
CDT...

AT 615 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF STRONG
THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 9 MILES NORTHEAST OF ESTILL
SPRINGS TO 9 MILES SOUTH OF COWAN...AND MOVING EAST AT 75 MPH.

PEA SIZE HAIL AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE
STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WINCHESTER...DECHERD...COWAN...SEWANEE...ANDERSON...ALTO...
SHERWOOD...ARNOLD AFB...WOODS RESERVOIR AND ST. ANDREWS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

STRONG GUSTY WINDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF KNOCKING DOWN SMALL TREE
LIMBS...ALONG WITH OTHER SMALL UNSECURED ITEMS. SEEK SAFE SHELTER
UNTIL THIS LINE OF STORMS HAS PASSED.
Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:18 am

Limestone County Schools and Arab City Schools are operating on a delay this morning: http://whnt.com/2014/04/04/school-delays-friday-april-4/

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:22 am
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
621 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  CENTRAL DEKALB COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...
  SOUTHERN JACKSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...
  NORTHEASTERN MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 645 AM CDT

* AT 620 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
  CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM
  WAS LOCATED NEAR GRANT...OR 9 MILES NORTHEAST OF GUNTERSVILLE...AND
  MOVING EAST AT 75 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  SCOTTSBORO...FORT PAYNE...GUNTERSVILLE...RAINSVILLE...HENAGAR...
  SYLVANIA...FYFFE...HOLLYWOOD...POWELL AND GRANT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...
DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION...MOVE TO
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD.
Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:25 am

Radar update on new warning for Marshall, DeKalb, Jackson Counties:

Claire Aiello April 4, 20146:27 am

Madison Police just issued an advisory for drivers, urging you to be extra cautious this morning. All morning commuters, especially people in high-profile vehicles such as trucks and SUVs – please use caution while driving in the high winds.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:27 am

Report of chicken houses damaged in Hatton (Lawrence County) from strong winds earlier this morning.

Claire Aiello April 4, 20146:28 am

List of storm shelters around the Tennessee Valley: http://whnt.com/2012/02/17/list-of-tornado-shelters-in-north-alabama/

Claire Aiello April 4, 20146:28 am

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, at the corner of Capshaw Road and Old Railroad Bed Road in Madison County, is open this morning as a public shelter.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:34 am

Sent to photo@whnt.com – Trampoline from the neighbors house. 3 miles east of Hartselle 4/4/14

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:37 am

Storms rapidly intensifying over Sand and Lookout Mountains.  Intense lightning, wind strong enough to blow down trees & powerlines likely throughout DeKalb, southern Jackson, northern Etowah Counties through 7 AM.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:38 am

Update from the NWS Birmingham (weather speak for “this is pretty much the only severe weather today”): “Mesoanalysis at 6am revealed a cold-pool mesohigh developing between the initial line of storms and the synoptic scale cold front (which was crossing the MS river). This lends support to the idea that this line of storms will be the “main show” (for however much that is worth), and any more development behind the line later today is not likely.”

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:39 am

Tree damage in Douglas this morning:

Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:43 am
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
643 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  DEKALB COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...
  EAST CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 700 AM CDT

* AT 642 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE
  THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
  MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR
  PISGAH TO NEAR COLLINSVILLE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 70 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  FORT PAYNE...RAINSVILLE...HENAGAR...COLLINSVILLE...SYLVANIA...
  IDER...PISGAH...VALLEY HEAD...HAMMONDVILLE AND MENTONE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...
DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION...MOVE TO
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD.
Jason Simpson April 4, 20146:48 am

Tornado Watch cancelled for Lincoln, Moore [TN] and Cullman, Limestone, Madison, Morgan [AL].  It continues for Franklin [TN] and DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall [AL] till 10:00 AM CDT.  The threat will be long gone by 10:00 AM!

Jason Simpson April 4, 20147:00 am

DeKalb Co. radar update: strong storms along I-59 and US 11.  Moving east into Georgia by 7:30 AM.  Severe threat is over north/west of I-59.  Strongest winds will be on the eastern end of Sand Mountain and over the entire Lookout Mountain region through 7:30 AM.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20147:06 am

Severe Weather threat is ending rapidly; the Tornado Watch will be dropped for all Tennessee Valley counties soon.  Still some heavy rain, gusty winds, along & south/east of Lookout Mountain through 7:30 AM.

Jason Simpson April 4, 20147:13 am

The severe threat is over for North Alabama; the next round of strong or severe storms is possible by Sunday night/Monday of next week.  See the forecast discussion at http://www.whnt.com/weather/forecast/ for the latest ideas about that situation.