Saturday, April 1, 2023

Tornado Warning

Decided to post this warning and just post updates here for a while.  

Notice we also have a SEvere Thunderstorm Warning that includes Florence further North. This squall line is dangerous for the damaging wind threat and the tornado threat. 

1:30 AM - Rotation showing up in both of these storms, but it is much worse with the southermost storm moving through Red Bay, which produced a confirmed tornado earlier in MS.

1:32 - Northern storm just got an upgrade to a Tornado Warning. I told you, tonight they can develop very quickly from severe thunderstorms. 

1:34 - Now that Tornado Warning from Tupelo has been extended all the way East to the AL state line. People in Marion and Franklin County, be getting ready to go to shelter if this remains severe. There is a good chance it will. 

1:36 - That is a confirmed tornado, described as large and extremely dangerous, moving through Tombigbee State Park. 

1:39 - Also a debris signature showing up North of Red Bay. Take these warnings seriously tonight - small interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy house, not a mobile home, and cover up - especially protect your head. 

1:42 - So we've got these three separate tornado warning polygons now. One has not yet crossed the AL state line from MS. In any of them, get sheltered and stay there until the danger has passed for sure. 

1:44 - That tornado headed for Russellville is confirmed by a debris ball. But both of these warnings deserve to be respected. And so does the one back in Mississippi. If you're in a mobile home in Marion or Franklin counties on Alabama side, I'd go ahead and be getting to a safe place. 

As in relocating to a relative or friend's sturdier house, or going to some sort of storm shelter or sturdy building. Can't stay in a mobile home if a tornado is coming at you. 

1:48 - Florence, Killen, Oakland, Zip City are in the path of this northernmost storm. It is out of Colbert County by now, all in Lauderdale County. 

1:49 - Several storms producing or trying to produce tornadoes along this squall line. This is what was meant by embedded supercells in the forecasts. Remember we also have a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that includes Florence. And those straight-line winds can be dangerous too. 

1:57 - I'd stay sheltered whether you are under one of the Tornado Warning polygons or the SEvere T-Storm Warning to be on the safe side. 

1:59 - New tornado warning for Marion County now, including Hamilton, Hackleburg, and Bear Creek.

2:01 AM - And now James Spann has his live stream going. He tends to cover stuff further into North Alabama if he has time but is focused on the Marion County storm.

2:05 - The storm coming from Russellville, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is being extended eastward including Littleville, Town Creek, and Moulton. Damaging winds are expected in that storm as it moves into Lawrence County. 

That T-Storm Warning also carries a tag that a tornado is possible within it. 

2:09 - That rotation is clearly into Western Marion County now on the Alabama side of the state line. It has broadened a little bit for the moment, but they tend to cycle up and down a lot. Anywhere in this polygon, stay sheltered. There are more storms coming from Mississippi, so we'll take each development as it comes. Things happen fast in a squall line sometimes. 

2:11 - That tornado warning in Colbert and Franklin Counties has been allowed to expire, and as I said, they are extending that to a severe thunderstorm warning that goes into Lawrence County, includes Town Creek and Moulton. 

And remember that in tonight's environment, a tornado can develop quickly from a severe thunderstorm. So even if you don't take full tornado precautions, some level of shelter, being in a reasonably safe place, is a good idea if under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. We are under a Tornado Watch tentatively until 7 AM.

2:14 - Lexington, Anderson, and Elkmont are also now included in a Severe Thunderstorm Warning there in Lauderdale and Limestone Counties. 

That T-Storm Warning further West in Lauderdale County is being allowed to expire. 

2:18 - And here is more of the broad view. Some storms in this squall line are still becoming or trying to become severe. And we have to take them seriously until this line finishes moving through. 

2:21 - That circulation is near Hamilton now and moving East about 50 miles per hour. 

It is looking sort of broad for now, but this storm has a history, and supercells even in a squall line tend to cycle up and down a lot. We saw that last week.

2:23 - Pretty strong hail showing up in this storm too which makes it look more like an embedded supercell. Can be a sign of a tornado updraft.

2:26 - Also noticing a Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Amory and Aberdeen back in Mississippi.

2:28 - I think I misspoke about the hail, probably is less than inch in diameter. I was just noticing it was a lot more hail than other storms nearby.

2:29 - The storm is past Hamilton, and they are cleared from the warning. Next in line are Hackleburg, Bear Creek, and some smaller communities out in the country around there. Anywhere in the polygon, stay sheltered.

2:31 - Circulation looking a little better defined to my eye again.

2:32 - That is the only storm still showing decent signs of producing or trying to produce a tornado though. The storms in Lauderdale, Limestone, and Lawrence Counties are more likely to produce damaging thunderstorm winds. Which are still dangerous enough. But after the day we've had today, I think anyone dreads a tornado a little more, seeing that much worse stuff from other states. 

2:34 - Those developing storms in Cullman, Blount, and Marshall Counties are under severe limits. Of course any storms bear watching tonight, but at the moment, not even a special weather statement on those. Looks like regular thunderstorms.

2:36 - Even in these smaller communities like Tessner, Goddard, and Lumbull, need to be sheltered while this storm comes through. 

If you live in places like Haleyville, be watching this. If it hangs together at all, even to produce damaging straight-line winds, you've got some time to get to a safe place, even if you live in a mobile home. 

2:39 - Now a debris signature showing up on this storm!

So this tornado is confirmed now. 

The two warnings to the North were allowed to expire, the severe thunderstorm warnings, as the storms weakened. 

2:41 - Huntsville has gone ahead and issued a Tornado Warning for Franklin and Lawrence County for this well ahead of it. 

2:42 - Starting new post for the confirmed tornado tracking NE.


WFUS54 KHUN 010622





Tornado Warning

National Weather Service Huntsville AL

122 AM CDT Sat Apr 1 2023

The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...

  South central Colbert County in northwestern Alabama...

  Northwestern Franklin County in northwestern Alabama...

* Until 145 AM CDT.

* At 122 AM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado

  was located near Belmont, or 7 miles west of Red Bay, moving east

  at 50 mph.


  SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation.

  IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without

           shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.

           Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur.  Tree

           damage is likely.

* This dangerous storm will be near...

  Red Bay around 130 AM CDT.

  Belgreen around 145 AM CDT.

Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include

Pleasant Site, Pogo, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Srygley Church, Dempsey,

Little Bear Creek Reservoir and Halltown.


TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest

floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a

mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter

and protect yourself from flying debris.

Tornadoes are extremely difficult to see and confirm at night. Do not

wait to see or hear the tornado. TAKE COVER NOW!


LAT...LON 3450 8815 3457 8814 3466 8787 3442 8781

      3441 8816

TIME...MOT...LOC 0622Z 259DEG 45KT 3448 8828





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