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A tornado has been reported on the ground in southwestern Alabama.

The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon issued a tornado warning for Mobile County.

The National Weather Service in Mobile tweeted that a there was a large and dangerous" tornado on the ground near Semmes, Alabama and people should seek shelter immediately. A second possible tornado was in Washington County.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

WKRG reported that viewers sent in video of what appeared to be a large tornado on the ground.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Storms with heavy rains doused the drought-parched South on Friday, prompting alerts for floods and tornadoes as two new tropical storms formed offshore, including one in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center said Olga, located in the Gulf of Mexico south of Louisiana, would contribute to rainfall that could total 10 inches (25 centimeters) in spots by Sunday. Neither it nor Pablo, far out in the Atlantic, was expected to reach hurricane strength.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Parts of the drought-parched South are under flood watches and warnings with forecasters saying as much as 10 inches of rain could fall.

The National Weather service says an advancing cold front will collide with a weather disturbance that became a tropical depression early Friday in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm's center was 320 miles (515 kilometers) south-southwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph).

2011 Tornadoes: New Research, Old Problems

Apr 21, 2019
SWIRLL
Alex AuBuchon / APR

All week long on Alabama Public Radio, we’ve been looking back at the tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011. The storms impacted homeowners and businesses, and you’ve heard from many of them during our coverage.

Now we’ll look ahead. For the past two months, dozens of scientists have been conducting groundbreaking research on tornadoes and severe weather right here in Alabama.

APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more on the impact that research could have on meteorologists' understanding of severe weather and forecasters’ ability to predict it.

At least three tornadoes have been confirmed to have struck Alabama during a weekend of violent weather across the Southeast.

The National Weather Service plans to continue to survey storm damage today.

One tornado was confirmed to have struck Shelby County with a preliminary rating of EF-0 and winds topping out at 76 mph. That storm was blamed for significant roof damage to homes and for damaging several trees.

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Weather Service is advising pastors to have someone monitor the weather during Palm Sunday services this weekend amid heightened risk for damaging tornadoes in parts of the South.

A line of storms is expected to bring gusty winds and hail and potentially strong tornadoes on Saturday to Louisiana, Mississippi and some parts of western Alabama, said forecaster Adam Baker in Georgia.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a 16th tornado from an outbreak that left damage across Alabama last week.

Forecasters say a small twister with winds of up to 65 mph (105 kph) was on the ground for a little more than 1 mile (1 kilometer) near Ohatchee in Calhoun County. One home had minor damage, and the winds uprooted and snapped off trees.

Survey teams previously confirmed 14 other tornadoes in central Alabama last Thursday, and one more hit Cullman County in north Alabama.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Overnight storms left damage across a wide area in Alabama, although no serious injuries or deaths are being reported.

An advisory from the National Weather Service in Birmingham says there's apparent damage at nine sites spread across 10 counties in central Alabama. Additional damage occurred in north Alabama.

Weather service teams will begin work Friday trying to determine whether tornadoes or other types of storms are to blame.

Lee Co. tornado
WKRG-TV via AP

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Rescuers began tearing through the rubble of mobile homes and houses Monday in search of survivors of a powerful tornado that rampaged through southeast Alabama and killed at least 23 people, including children.

The trail of destruction was at least half a mile wide and overwhelmed rural Lee County's coroners' office, forcing it to call in help from the state.

"It looks like someone almost just took a giant knife and scraped the ground," Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said of the devastation during a Monday morning news conference.

Tornado Death Confirmed in Columbus, MS

Feb 24, 2019
Columbus tornado
Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Weekend storms raked parts of the Southeast, leaving deaths and injuries in their wake as a tornado smashed into a commercial district in a small Mississippi city and drenching rains fed a rising flood threat.

A woman was killed when a tornado hit Columbus, Mississippi, according to officials.

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith Sr. said 41-year-old Ashley Glynell Pounds of Tupelo and her husband were renovating a house Saturday evening, and when the husband went to get them something to eat, the building collapsed and killed her.

Flooding Prompts Rescues in North Alabama

Sep 27, 2018
flood SUV
Albertville Fire & Rescue

Flash floods in north Alabama trapped people in homes and vehicles yesterday, and forecasters say the threat could last through today.

Torrential rain from a cold front moving through the state caused water to quickly cover roads and low-lying areas near Birmingham. Video and photos showed homes surrounded by water and motorists trapped in cars and trucks.

A mobile home park was evacuated in Brighton because of rising water, and fire officials say at least two people were rescued in the city.

The National Weather Service has confirmed it was a tornado that tore through a northern Alabama county Friday night, uprooting and destroying a mobile home and leaving two adults and two children with minor injuries.

NWS officials confirmed an EF-2 tornado struck the areas of Jones Chapel and Vinemont in Cullman County around 7 p.m. Friday.

NWS Confirms Six Tornadoes Struck AL, FL Sunday

Apr 24, 2018
Fort Walton tornado
WTSP-TV

The National Weather Service has now confirmed six tornadoes touched down during Sunday's severe weather outbreak, including four in Alabama.

Reports indicate three people were injured in Foley, Alabama when an EF-0 tornado struck the Anchors Aweigh RV park at around 3:25 p.m. Five RVs were overturned, and three people were briefly trapped inside the RVs and injured. The storm also caused damage to a nearby convenience store and a Lowe's hardware store.

Another EF-0 tornado struck near Elberta, Ala., causing minor damage to trees and a few homes.

NWS Confirms Multiple Tornadoes in Alabama

Apr 23, 2018

The National Weather Service has confirmed at least four tornadoes struck the Gulf Coast yesterday, including at least two in Alabama.

Forecasters confirmed a pair of EF-0 tornadoes struck Baldwin County yesterday afternoon. Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack tells WALA-TV that five people were injured, and one of the five was in serious condition as of yesterday evening.

Nate Weakens While Moving Across Alabama

Oct 8, 2017

Nate quickly weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in Biloxi, Mississippi and tracking north into central Alabama, but parts of south Alabama are dealing with power outages and some flooding.

Nate Prompts Evacuation Order in Gulf Shores

Oct 7, 2017

The latest forecasts estimate Hurricane Nate will make landfall on Alabama's gulf coast as a Category 2 storm, and some residents in Gulf Shores are being urged to evacuate.

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 Strong storms have caused isolated damage in north Alabama.  

The National Weather Service says storms with winds blowing as hard as 50 mph knocked down trees and toppled power lines in the northeast Alabama city of Gadsden on Wednesday.

    No injuries were reported, but storms were still moving through the region. Forecasters say heavy rain and more damaging winds were possible north of Interstate 20.    The weather service says strong storms also were developing in south Alabama.    

Tornado Damage Confirmed in Fairfield

Jun 23, 2017
Fairfield tornado damage
WTVM-TV

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy are expected to drench parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia today, residents in parts of Alabama will be picking up the pieces.

A powerful storm system hit Jefferson County yesterday, leaving four people injured, downing power lines and destroying buildings in the city of Fairfield. The National Weather Service in Birmingham has confirmed that a tornado struck the Fairfield area. They have given it a preliminary rating of EF-2, with an estimated wind speed of 120 miles per hour.

The Latest on Tropical Storm Cindy

Jun 22, 2017
5-day rainfall
NOAA

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early this morning, and effects from the storm are still being felt across much of the northern Gulf Coast including Alabama.

Storm-related conditions have already been blamed for one death in Alabama. A ten-year-old boy from Missouri on vacation with his family in Fort Morgan, Ala. was standing outside their condominium when he was struck and killed by a log carried by storm surge.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Alabama that is still in effect.

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

Feb 23, 2017

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. The National Weather Service says the peak storm season in Alabama begins in March and can last until May. While there are no major storm outbreaks in the forecast, now is the time to get ready.

Jason Beaman is a warning coordination meteorologist at the national weather service in Mobile. He says residents should remain prepared because Alabama sees tornados every year.

Snow Today, Frigid Temperatures This Weekend

Jan 6, 2017

The National Weather Service says get ready to bundle up today through the weekend.

Frigid temperatures are in the forecast with the possibility of up to three inches of snow across the central part of the state. Forecasters think the I-20 corridor from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham will see snow accumulations which could make driving hazardous.

Gary Goggins is a forecaster with the National Weather Service. He says Alabamians should make preparations regardless of the local forecast, because trying to predict where snow is going to fall is tough.

Four Killed in Severe Weather Outbreak

Jan 3, 2017
Rehobeth
Jay Hare / Dothan Eagle

Four people were killed in Alabama as severe storms moved through the region yesterday.

Kris Ware, a spokeswoman for the Dothan – Houston County Emergency Management Agency, says the deaths occurred in the Rehobeth area in southeast Alabama, a community of around 1500 people. A suspected tornado caused a tree and power lines to fall onto a mobile home, killing four people inside.

The Dothan Eagle reports another tornado apparently touched down in nearby Taylor, Alabama, downing trees and causing some property damage.

NWS Birmingham Radar Offline for Upgrades

Dec 14, 2016

The National Weather Service in Birmingham is getting some shiny new radar equipment.

After well over 20 years of continuous operation, the Doppler radar at the National Weather Service – Birmingham office in Calera, Alabama is getting a service life extension upgrade of most of its electronic and mechanical components. The radar will be offline until the upgrades are completed.

3 Killed, More Injured In Severe Weather Outbreak

Nov 30, 2016

At least three people were killed and many more were injured after powerful storms and tornadoes swept through Alabama last night.

The Jackson County coroner’s office has confirmed that three people are dead and several more are injured in the community of Rosalie, Alabama, north of Fort Payne. County officials say the three killed were victims of a possible tornado and were all in a mobile home.

In DeKalb County, a 24-hour daycare was completely destroyed near the town of Ider. Four children were injured and are in critical condition.

The Mobile Police Department has released additional information on an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier this week.

Mobile Police Chief James Barber recently held a press conference where he identified the officer involved and talked through the incident. He says 18-year-old Michael Moore was driving a stolen vehicle with two passengers when he was pulled over by officer Harold Hurst Monday evening for making an erratic turn.

Tuscaloosa vigil
Alex AuBuchon / APR

Gay rights advocates in Tuscaloosa are remembering the dozens of victims of a gruesome mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday.

Druid City Pride, an LGBTQ organization in Tuscaloosa, held a candlelight vigil last night along with countless other groups across the state and throughout the country. Those taking part memorialized the 49 people killed and remembered the dozens more injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Governor Robert Bentley has testified under oath in the ethics trial of the Alabama house speaker. Bentley says he remembers meeting with Mike Hubbard to discuss what he described as economic development projects.   

Prosecutors are seeking to prove that Hubbard was being paid up to $12,000 a month to illegally lobby the governor on behalf of his business clients - a municipal gas company and a maker of plastic cups.

The City of Fairfield may soon have its water shut off due to unpaid bills, according to Birmingham Water Works.

Al.com reportedly obtained an e-mail from Birmingham Water Works officials saying the city of Fairfield has accumulated over $128,000 in unpaid water bills at 17 different city addresses. In a memo to board members, Water Works General Manager Mac Underwood said it’s unfortunate that Fairfield is in this situation, but they can’t provide water service to the city for free.

hubbard trial
Brynn Anderson / AP

A jury has been chosen, and Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial will begin next week.

Hubbard is facing nearly two dozen felony ethics charges accusing him of using his position as Speaker and past position as chairman of Alabama’s Republican Party for personal gain for himself and his businesses. Each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Hubbard has pleaded not guilty and maintains he didn’t do anything illegal.

Alabama senators have approved establishing an innocence commission to review some of the state’s capital convictions.

Senators voted 20-6 in favor of the bill yesterday, sending it to the House of Representatives. The proposed legislation would create a panel to review new evidence in death row cases that hadn't previously been heard by a court.

Bill sponsor, Republican Senator Dick Brewbaker, says he supports the death penalty in Alabama, but he thinks the state should work harder to make sure people are guilty before executing them.

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