Live Blog: Tornado Watch Still in Effect for East Alabama

Posted on: 12:40 pm, April 28, 2014, by , updated on: 11:29pm, April 28, 2014

Several counties remain in the TORNADO WATCH until 3 AM.  We will be here with you until the threat is over.

We’ll post frequent updates on this live blog throughout the day and of course we’ll continue our coverage on WHNT News 19, WHNT.com and Valleywx.com until the storms are clear of our area.

Jason Simpson April 29, 20142:41 am

Damage from Aroney via Carson Clark

Brandon Chambers April 29, 20142:19 am

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for NE DeKalb Co.  A Tornado Watch is still in effect.  Once these storms move out, we will have an all clear for the night.

Brandon Chambers April 29, 20142:11 am

2:11 AM – heavy storms still moving through DeKalb; once these pass, we’ll be able to give you an all clear. 

Drew Galloway April 29, 20142:00 am

We’ve returned to regularly scheduled programming, but we are monitoring the storm and the NWS chat.

Drew Galloway April 29, 20141:51 am

The NWS is monitoring a new potential tornadic storm in DeKalb County, near Geraldine. No warning has been issued yet, though.

Drew Galloway April 29, 20141:46 am

The warning for DeKalb County has expired.

Drew Galloway April 29, 20141:43 am

The strong storm with the possible tornado is approaching Mentone. Once the storm is in Georgia, WHNT will go back to regular programming.

Drew Galloway April 29, 20141:42 am

The tornado threat is over for the city of Fort Payne. The storm will be out of the county within the next 15 minutes.

Drew Galloway April 29, 20141:22 am

There is a high probability that there is a tornado on the ground coming into Fort Payne.

Drew Galloway April 29, 20141:15 am

Be sure to take your tornado precautions in Fort Payne. The southern portion of the city seems to have the greatest threat. Also, take your tornado precautions if you’re in the Dog Town, Adamsburg, and Little River Parkway areas.

Drew Galloway April 29, 20141:10 am

All clear for Geraldine and Crossville, but Fort Payne and Rainsville are now in the path of this storm, which does not appear to be weakening.

Drew Galloway April 29, 20141:05 am

If you’re in Crossville, Collinsville, or Geraldine, you need to take your tornado precautions.
The system is riding the southern edge of Sand Mountain.

Drew Galloway April 29, 201412:52 am

Reports of significant damage around Aroney and Rodentown. An EMA official confirmed structure damage on County Rd 4 near Aroney with people trapped in their storm shelter.

Drew Galloway April 29, 201412:40 am

DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies report a large and dangerous tornado in south DeKalb County. Take your tornado precautions if you live in this area.

Drew Galloway April 29, 201412:34 am

Huntsville Weather Service: Confirmed tornado near Sardis City.

Drew Galloway April 29, 201412:23 am

The possible tornado will stay well south of Albertville and just south of Boaz. Guntersville and areas northwest of there are out of the path of this particular possible tornado.

Drew Galloway April 29, 201412:18 am

The possible tornado is still south of the Etowah / Marshall line. It is now crossing Hwy 179, heading northeast.

Drew Galloway April 29, 201412:01 am

If you’re in Boaz or Albertville, it’s a good idea to take your tornado precautions right now.

Drew Galloway April 28, 201411:57 pm

Northern Etowah County has the greatest risk, currently, of having a tornado touch down.

Drew Galloway April 28, 201411:52 pm

The possible tornado is very close to the Etowah / Marshall county line.

Drew Galloway April 28, 201411:51 pm

Live coverage: http://whnt.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Drew Galloway April 28, 201411:50 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for DeKalb and Marshall counties. We’re back with live coverage.
Jason is concerned about a possible tornado just north of Altoona and Walnut Grove.

Ben Smith April 28, 201411:27 pm

Tornado Watch continues until 3 AM – Marshall, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Cherokee and Blount are still in the watch.  All other counties have an ALL CLEAR for tonight.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 201410:53 pm

Here’s a look at the storm that could impact Marshall County later tonight

Melissa Riopka April 28, 201410:43 pm

Tornado threat has passed in SE Madison County. No active warnings currently in Tennessee Valley.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 201410:26 pm

Madison County Tornado Warning: New warning issued for SE Madison County
including New Hope and Owens Cross Roads. Residents should seek
shelter.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 201410:23 pm

Madison County Tornado Warning: New warning issued for SE Madison County including New Hope and Owens Cross Roads. Residents should seek shelter.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 201410:20 pm

Tuscaloosa Warning: Violent tornado possible south of city of Tuscaloosa. Storm is coming up toward Cottondale.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 201410:18 pm

Tornado warning for Marshall/Morgan Counties in effect until 10:30pm

Melissa Riopka April 28, 201410:15 pm

The greatest area of immediate concern for possible tornado in Marshall County is from Ryan Crossroads to Ruth community. Residents here urged to seek shelter.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20149:56 pm

New Tornado Warning issued for Marshall County. Residents in areas of Hulaco, Ryan Crossroads, Joppa and Arab should go to a safe place as storm moves out of Cullman County and heads your way.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20149:54 pm

Cullman County residents in area from Fairview to Baileyton urged to seek shelter now.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20149:44 pm

Strengthening thunderstorm on Sand Mountain in Dekalb County moving toward Fort Payne area (including Dog Town and Powell). This storm shows signs of rotation. No tornado warning. However, good time to review your emergency plan.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20149:40 pm

Cullman County residents in Holly Pond and surrounding areas urged to take their tornado precautions now. If storm holds together, it will move NE in direction of Arab in Marshall County.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20149:32 pm

Tornado warning for Cullman County extended until 10pm.

Brandon Chambers April 28, 20149:12 pm
..HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM CDT TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM CDT TUESDAY. 

* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...UNTIL 3 AM CDT TUESDAY MORNING FOR
  LAWRENCE...LIMESTONE...MADISON...MORGAN...CULLMAN...MOORE...
  LINCOLN...AND FRANKLIN COUNTY TN.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 55
  MPH.

* IMPACTS...HIGH WINDS BEHIND A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN
  CAUSE PROPERTY DAMAGE AND BLOW DOWN TREES...TREE LIMBS...AND
  POWERLINES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.
Melissa Riopka April 28, 20149:11 pm

No severe weather is currently occurring in Huntsville. However, winds are quite high. Drivers should be aware of the danger these winds pose – especially to vehicles on Memorial Parkway/565.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20149:02 pm

Cullman County Tornado Warning: Now extended to include NE part of county. In SE Cullman County, those in Colony, Bremen and Johnson Crossing urged to begin moving to a safe place.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20148:46 pm

Franklin County TN Storm: Moving over Tims Ford Lake. Those in Estill Springs please seek shelter now.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20148:39 pm

TN Storm: Those living south of Lynchburg toward Marble Hill get to your safe place immediately.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20148:37 pm

New AL Tornado Warning: Southern Cullman County – including Bremen, Cold Springs, Smith Lake area.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20148:32 pm

New AL Tornado Warning: NW Cullman, SE Lawrence & Southern Morgan Counties.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20148:31 pm

Violent TN storm now moving NE from Kelso toward Marble Hill/Lexie areas. Tornado Warning in effect for Franklin, Lincoln and Moore Counties. Could be catastrophic damage.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20148:23 pm

Tornado emergency just announced for Flintville in SE Lincoln County. This means a tornado is likely on the ground and poses significant danger. Kelso residents also at serious risk. Seek shelter immediately.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20148:19 pm

Southern Lincoln storm now over Howell Hill/South Lincoln Elementary. Moving NE toward Flintville. Those in Kelso & Liberty also advised to seek shelter.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20148:14 pm

New Tornado Warning affecting Southern Lincoln County: just South of Park City and North of Magic Mile. If you’re around the Lincoln community area, get to your safe place now.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20148:02 pm

We’re now returning to regular programming as all tornado warnings have expired for our viewing area. However, we’ll be back on-air with regular updates as the severe weather threat continues. We’ll also continue posting updates here and through social media.

Claire Aiello April 28, 20148:02 pm

Limestone County, AL Schools closed tomorrow (Tuesday) due to power outages, damage throughout county. Full list: 

Claire Aiello April 28, 20147:50 pm

Flooding at the underpass on Main Street in Ardmore, on the AL/TN line. Photo by Paige Byrd.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20147:50 pm

New Tornado Warning: Winston/Marion Counties. This could eventually impact Cullman County as storm moves East.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20147:32 pm

Tornado warnings for Limestone County and Morgan County have expired.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20147:26 pm

Madison residents be aware storm now moving out of Decatur area is headed your way and does not appear to be weakening.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20147:23 pm

Storm has passed Trinity. Now moving from Decatur toward Pryor Field and Calhoun Community College. Be in a safe place.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20147:07 pm

New AL Tornado Warning: Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan County until 7:15pm. Developing tornado near Caddo. Decatur, Trinity, Tanner and all points in between get to a safe place.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20147:00 pm

Franklin County, TN Tornado Warning has expired.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20146:55 pm

Immediate threat has passed Hazel Green and Meridianville. Main concern now in NE Madison County, New Market area. Please seek shelter in your safe place.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20146:51 pm

New tornado warning issued for Marion County, AL

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20146:48 pm

Meridianville residents should be in your safe place now. Those to the East/Northeast should be seeking shelter. Storm moving in direction of Buckhorn High School.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20146:44 pm

Tornado warning for Madison County until 7:15pm. Storm just east of Harvest. Moving 40mph. No travel advised Hwy 231 North of Alabama A&M.

Melissa Riopka April 28, 20146:41 pm

Lincoln County/Franklin County Threat: Storm approaching Winchester, Lexie, Belvidere, area south of Tims Ford Lake. Get to your safe place now.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20146:18 pm

Tornado Warning for Lincoln County in Tennessee. Get to your safe place.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20146:14 pm

Tornado threat over for the time being for northern Madison County, but please stay weather aware.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20146:04 pm

Possible tornado on the ground close to the state line on the west side of the Parkway. Trees already down near Lincoln County.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20146:03 pm

Tornado passing into southern Franklin county. Get to a safe place now.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:57 pm

Tornado heading toward Hazel Green near Ready Section Road and Charity Lane. Get to a safe place now.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:56 pm

Law enforcement reporting a tornado on the ground in between Hamilton and Hackleburg.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:53 pm

To recap Tornado Warnings for Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone and Madison Counties.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:51 pm

Those in Hazel Green need to be in a safe place right now. This includes Meridianville up to the state line.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:48 pm

Tornado on the ground again near Clements High School reported by Lauderdale County EMA. Take shelter now!

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:39 pm

Multiple vortex on the ground in Marion moving to the northeast.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:30 pm

Athens Sheriff’s Department reporting damage west of Athens with trees and power lines down, homes damaged and some injuries

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:22 pm

NWS reporting baseball sized hail in Elkmont. Also a direct hit by the tornado damaged the Clements Fire Department.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:18 pm

NWS issues Tornado Warning/Tornado Emergency for Limestone and Madison Counties until 5:45 PM.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:14 pm

Folks in East Limestone, Monrovia and Harvest need to go ahead and be in a safe place.

Claire Aiello April 28, 20145:06 pm

If you live near Owens Elementary in Limestone County – please take cover now.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20145:05 pm

Those on the northwest side of Athens need to take cover now! NWS says this could be a killer tornado.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20144:59 pm

NWS issues Tornado Warning for all of Limestone County until 5:30 PM.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20144:50 pm

For more live coverage, Clear Channel radio stations are simulcasting on all stations. This includes WDRM 102.1, 100.3 The River, WTAK 106.1, Kiss FM and WBHP. You can also listen on iheartradio.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20144:48 pm

Lauderdale County EMA confirms a large tornado on the ground confirmed southeast of Rogersville. Those near Clements High School and surrounding areas need to take shelter now!

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20144:39 pm

NWS issues Tornado Warning for Lauderdale, Lawrence and Limestone Counties until 5:00 PM.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20144:35 pm

NWS issues Flash Flood Warning for Franklin, Colbert and Lawrence Counties.

Brandon Chambers April 28, 20144:30 pm

Colbert County tornado warning has expired.. no tornado warnings in effect at the moment… the severe weather threat remains high through the rest of the evening

Brandon Chambers April 28, 20144:12 pm

Possible tornado east of Underwood Heights in Colbert Co… Heading toward Leighton and Southeast Muscle Shoals

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20144:11 pm

Picture of the wall cloud north of Russellville from our storm spotter Kenny Duckett.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20144:00 pm

NWS issues Tornado Warning for Colbert and Franklin Counties until 4:30 PM.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20143:55 pm

Flash Flood Warning for Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin Counties until 6:45 PM.

Brandon Chambers April 28, 20143:52 pm



THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 108 CONTINUES.

   SUMMARY...DANGEROUS TORNADO OUTBREAK UNDERWAY WITH MULTIPLE
   SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LONG TRACK...STRONG/VIOLENT
   TORNADOES NEXT FEW HOURS.

   DISCUSSION...MULTIPLE DISCRETE AND CLUSTER SUPERCELLS ARE MOVING
   NEWD FROM CENTRAL MS INTO NW AL.  RADAR AND SPOTTER REPORTS HAVE
   CONFIRMED A DAMAGING TORNADO NEAR TUPELO MS IN THE PAST HOUR...WHILE
   OTHER MORE DISCRETE STORMS HAVE FORMED FARTHER TO S INTO CENTRAL MS.
   ALIGNMENT OF THE STORM INITIATION AND SPACING OF THE STORMS IN
   CENTRAL MS SUGGEST THAT THESE STORMS WILL REMAIN DISCRETE FOR
   SEVERAL HOURS...SUPPORTING THE POTENTIAL FOR LONG-TRACK TORNADOES. 
   ADDITIONALLY...LOCAL VWP/S HAVE SHOWN THE EXPECTED STRENGTHENING OF
   WIND PROFILES AND SOME BACKING OF LOW-LEVEL FLOW ASSOCIATED WITH
   SURFACE PRESSURE FALLS...WHICH IS BOOSTING EFFECTIVE SRH TO NEAR 300
   M2/S2.  STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADO DAMAGE WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THE
   MOST INTENSE SUPERCELLS THE NEXT FEW HOURS
Christine Killimayer April 28, 20143:48 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Sheffield, Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia until 4:15 PM.

Christine Killimayer April 28, 20143:27 pm

Ben Smith April 28, 20143:14 pm

Tornado Warning For Colbert & Franklin Counties until 4pm. A large tornado is on the ground to the southwest of Red Bay. Take cover now if you are in Franklin & Colbert Counties. Pogo, Pleasant Site, and Red Bay need to take cover!!!!!

Brandon Chambers April 28, 20143:09 pm

Tornadic thunderstorm about 30 minutes from red bay… no tornado warning at the moment for Franklin Co. AL, but that could change very soon

Ben Smith April 28, 20143:06 pm

Multiple signatures on radar that could be producing several active tornadoes in central Mississippi right now.

Brandon Chambers April 28, 20142:41 pm

1/4 mile wide tornado on the ground west of Tupelo, Miss.  Moving toward Red Bay, Alabama; should arrive in Franklin County between 3 and 3:30 PM.  Be ready to go to your safe place the moment a warning is issued.

Jason Simpson April 28, 20142:34 pm

Graphical view of the HIGH RISK area – does not include Huntsville.  

A SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT FROM PARTS
   OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AND
   CENTRAL GULF COAST STATES. NUMEROUS TORNADOES ARE EXPECTED...SOME OF
   WHICH COULD BE INTENSE. VERY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE
   WINDS ARE ALSO LIKELY.

Ben Smith April 28, 20142:14 pm

Confirmed tornado near Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Brandon Chambers April 28, 20142:13 pm

Much of the Tennessee Valley to be upgraded to a “high risk” area by the Storm Prediction Center soon.

“An outbreak of tornadoes appears likely”

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 108
   CONTINUES.

   SUMMARY...TORNADO THREAT IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE LATE
   THIS AFTERNOON AS NUMEROUS TORNADIC SUPERCELLS DEVELOP ACROSS PDS
   TORNADO WATCH 108. THE AREA FROM CNTRL MS EXTENDING NEWD INTO NW AL
   WILL BE UPGRADED TO HIGH RISK AT THE 20Z OUTLOOK.

   DISCUSSION...SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS ARE CONTINUING TO DEVELOP
   ACROSS CNTRL AND NRN MS THIS AFTERNOON IN RESPONSE TO STRONG UPLIFT
   AND DESTABILIZATION. THE ENVIRONMENT IS CHARACTERIZED BY MODERATE
   INSTABILITY...STRONG DEEP LAYER SHEAR AND SUBSTANTIAL LOW-LEVEL
   SHEAR. THE WSR-88D VWPS IN CNTRL AND NRN MS SHOW LOOPED HODOGRAPHS
   WITH 0-3 KM STORM RELATIVE HELICITIES IN THE 450 TO 500 M2/S2 RANGE.
   THIS SHOULD SUPPORT A THREAT FOR STRONG TORNADOES AS SUPERCELLS
   CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY. DUE TO THIS IMPRESSIVE SHEAR ENVIRONMENT...AN
   OUTBREAK OF TORNADOES APPEARS LIKELY AND THE AREA FROM CNTRL MS
   EXTENDING NEWD INTO NW AL WILL BE UPGRADED TO HIGH RISK FOR THE 20Z
   OUTLOOK.
Brandon Chambers April 28, 20142:04 pm

A powerful thunderstorm moving northeast at close to 60mph through Mississippi with a tornado signature. Still over 95 miles  from Russellville, but we’re keeping a close eye on it, especially considering the environment its in and the speed it’s moving.

Jason Simpson April 28, 20141:55 pm

HRRR model guidance shows a STP (Significant Tornado Parameter) of 10-15 in Northwest Alabama at 7 PM.  This is a predicted increase in the instability and shear parameters in that part of the state just as intense thunderstorms move in.  It lets us know there is a threat of strong tornadoes with the strongest super cells.

Brandon Chambers April 28, 20141:43 pm

Supercell storms are moving northeast through Mississippi at close to 60mph. That would put them on course for NW Alabama by roughly 3PM… They don’t currently have a tornado warning with them, but that could change quickly.

Jason Simpson April 28, 20141:23 pm

First supercell of the day is near Grenada, Miss. This one could produce a tornado at any time.  Its moving NE at 55 MPH, and this one may impact Northwest Alabama by 3 PM if it maintains this intensity.

Brandon Chambers April 28, 201412:47 pm
* EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 1240 PM UNTIL
     900 PM CDT.

   ...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION...

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     NUMEROUS TORNADOES EXPECTED WITH A FEW INTENSE TORNADOES LIKELY
     WIDESPREAD LARGE HAIL EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL
       EVENTS TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER LIKELY
     SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH LIKELY

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 65 MILES NORTH OF HUNTSVILLE
   ALABAMA TO 10 MILES SOUTH OF NATCHEZ MISSISSIPPI.  FOR A COMPLETE
   DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE
   (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.