Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Severe T-Storm Warning

Just to be on the safe side, I'd go ahead and take tornado precautions for this storm - small room or hallway near the center of a sturdy house, on lowest floor, away from windows. This is an unusual pattern for this time of year. 

12:02 PM - Got a separate warning in Northwest Alabama including Vina, Hodges, Phil Campbell, mainly affecting southern Franklin County there. 

All right, and that storm coming out of Cullman County has already prompted a new severe thunderstorm Warning for Blount County, all the way up to Oneonta and Snead. So in those areas, I would do my best to get to a small interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy house or other strong building, away from windows, before the storm gets to you. 

12:05 - Right now none of these storms are showing any clear signs of trying to develop a tornado. But the situation is a close enough call that I would play it safe. The environment does favor tornadoes being possible in some of these storms. And a threat for 60 mile per hour winds is dangerous enough if the winds are blowing in a straight line. 

12:15 - And now Marion County joins the list of severe thunderstorm warnings, includes the city of Hamilton there in Northwest Alabama. Again the expected hazards are wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail up to quarter-size.

With any of these storms, I'd respect the fact that we already have a tornado watch in effect, unusual for summer months, and get to a small central room or hallway on the lowest floor of a sturdy house or other strong building ahead of the storms. 

12:19 - That storm is out of Cullman County now and all into Blount County. By the way, I made a mistake on the Marion/Franklin County storm, hail size is estimated to be less than penny-sized, and I made a mistake by assuming it was quarter-sized. But this warning up that way was issued based on damaging wind potential, not large hail potential. 

12:31 - And a severe thunderstorm warning has been extended into Etowah and St. Clair Counties. Naturally this includes the city of Gadsden.

12:34 - Back in NW AL, the warning for Franklin County has been cancelled, though gusty winds are still possible behind the main storm. The warning remains in effect for Marion County for I believe another ten minutes. 

12:35 - Okay, and we have another Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Winston County. 

This goes until 1:30 PM CDT. Again I'd get into a small central room on the lowest floor of a building, away from windows or anything electrical, until this storm passes. They're giving you some time ahead of the storm to relocate if you need to, like if you live in a mobile home and can go stay with somebody with a sturdier house. Or if there is a public shelter nearby that you know is open. These will probably be damaging straight line winds, but a Tornado Watch is in effect, because the environment is favorable for storms to try to rotate. Even though we're not seeing any signs of that immediately with this storm. They had some tornado damage in South Alabama earlier this morning. 

12:40 - Communities like Lynn, Double Springs, Arley, Nauvoo, Haleyville, Camp McDowell, are included in this warning. 

12:44 - That other storm farther to the East is firmly in Etowah County now, Blount County is out of danger from it now. 

12:46 - Folks in Cullman County, might want to be getting ready again in case this warning has to be extended a little further East. Stay close to your storm shelter whether it is in your home or somewhere you have to travel a short distance to, like if you've got a storm pit or a neighbor/relative with a sturdier house than you have. This storm is hanging together pretty well. 

12:52 - So this severe thunderstorm is starting to move through Double Springs now. I would stay in a good safe place if in the path of this. 

12:58 - People in Cullman and Walker Counties, be prepared to take shelter in case a warning is extended for you from this nasty storm. Sometimes it has more of a Southeast track, other times more East.

In far East Alabama, Calhoun and Cherokee Counties have been placed under severe thunderstorm warnings for the storm moving out of Etowah County (that affected Gadsden and Rainbow City).

Oh also Cleburne County over there. 

1:01 PM - Believe we are getting a new warning. Yes, will post that separately for Cullman. 


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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

National Weather Service Huntsville AL

1156 AM CDT Wed Jun 14 2023

The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...

  Southern Cullman County in north central Alabama...

* Until 1245 PM CDT.

* At 1156 AM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Dodge City,

  or 11 miles south of Cullman, moving southeast at 45 mph.

  HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.

  SOURCE...Radar indicated.

  IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include...

  Cullman, Hanceville, Good Hope, Holly Pond, Dodge City, Garden

  City, Colony, Phelan, Walter and Wilburn.


For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a


A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 500 PM CDT for north central

and northwestern Alabama.


LAT...LON 3389 8701 3390 8710 3392 8708 3399 8715

      3399 8711 3407 8711 3420 8655 3412 8660

      3412 8663 3408 8670 3405 8668 3406 8671

      3403 8670 3395 8679 3396 8682 3394 8688

      3391 8692 3387 8693 3386 8699

TIME...MOT...LOC 1656Z 313DEG 38KT 3403 8691







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