Flood Watch and Potential Severe Weather Recently into Monday

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Flood Watch and Potential Severe Weather Today into Monday


By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

CLANTON – Sunday 12:15 pm, February 11, 2024

A Flood Watch has been issued for portions of central Alabama from 6 pm Sunday until 6 pm Monday.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for central Mississippi to the Alabama state line and a Tornado Watch will likely be issued during the next couple of hours for southern Mississippi.

A frontal boundary near the I-20 corridor will be the focus for thunderstorm development in Alabama this afternoon.  Combined with an upper level disturbance that is producing numerous severe storms near the Mississippi River as of 1145 am that will continue on an eastward track, numerous storms will occur across Alabama through tonight.  

North of I-20, a few damaging wind gusts and hail will be the main threats with a lower tornado threat through tonight.  Near and south of I-20, all modes of severe weather are possible, including very large hail and tornadoes.  

Another wave of showers and thunderstorms will occur across the state around 6 am Monday with activity ending in western Alabama by late morning and the southeastern sections by late afternoon.  Damaging wind gusts, hail and heavy rainfall are the main threats, with a few tornadoes also possible. 

From today through Monday afternoon, an additional 1-3 inches of rainfall is expected with locally higher amounts in stronger thunderstorms north of Hwy 80/I-85 and 1-2 inches south of this.  Isolated flooding is possible through early Monday afternoon, especially in the Flood Watch area.

Finally, gusty northwest winds from 20-30 mph will occur behind the rainfall from Monday afternoon until around sunrise Tuesday.

A second wave of thunderstorms is forecast beginning around 6 am Monday with activity ending in western Alabama by late morning and the southeastern sections by late afternoon.  Damaging wind gusts and hail are the main threats, with a few tornadoes possible across the eastern half of the state. 

From today through Monday afternoon, an additional 1-3 inches of rainfall is expected with locally higher amounts in stronger thunderstorms north of Hwy 80/I-85 and 1-2 inches south of this.  Isolated flooding is possible through Monday morning north of I-20.

Finally, gusty northwest winds from 20-30 mph will occur behind the rainfall from Monday afternoon until around sunrise Tuesday.

We are entering our peak severe weather season.  If you haven’t developed your severe weather plan or looked at it recently, now is the time to do so.  Not being prepared and trying to figure out what to do during actual severe weather can lead to dire consequences.  Go to Severe Weather | Ready.gov to learn more.70 tornadoes occurred in Alabama in 2023, with even more damage from straight-line winds.  No doubt, we will have severe weather and tornadoes throughout this spring.  Make sure you have at least two methods to receive weather warnings from a reliable source, one of which is NOT an outdoor siren.  Finally, know which county you live in as well as your surrounding counties to give yourself a buffer when severe storms are approaching.


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