There is still an enhanced risk in place for all of north Alabama as of Saturday night, and severe storms will be possible across the rest of the state as well.
The New Year didn’t waste any time bringing risk for severe weather for Alabama.
The National Weather Service said strong to severe storms would be possible overnight across the state ahead of a cold front.
All forms of severe weather would be possible — tornadoes, damaging winds and heavy rain.
The storms could continue through the night, and forecasters cautioned Alabamians to have a reliable way to get warnings overnight. Don’t every rely on an outdoor siren to wake you.
A line of strong storms was pushing through Alabama early Sunday morning. The storms were staying under severe limits as of 2 a.m. but were continuing to be monitored closely.
1/2 206 am radar update: continuing to monitor storms across Central Alabama. Be prepared to take action if a warning is issued for your area! #alwx
There were several severe storms in northern Alabama earlier on Saturday, and at least one possible tornado. The National Weather Service in Huntsville received multiple reports of damage in the Hazel Green area in Madison County. There also were reports of downed trees and power poles in Colbert and Limestone counties.
Flash flooding was also a concern in north Alabama, where flooding was reported in several areas.
As of 2 a.m. there was tornado one watch in effect for Alabama. It will be in effect until 5 a.m.:
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Alabama and Georgia until 5 AM CST
The Alabama counties in the watch were Autauga, Bibb, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega and Tallapoosa.
Blount, Etowah, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Pickens, Walker, Lamar and Winston counties had been removed from the watch by 2 a.m.
Flash flooding is a growing concern in north Alabama.
A flash-flood warning was extended for Madison County until 5 a.m.:
Flash Flood Warning continues for Triana AL until 5:00 AM CST
The weather service said Indian Creek had risen above flood stage to around 7.9 feet and was causing flash flooding in its vicinity.
Another flash-flood warning was in effect for Jackson and Madison counties until 3:30 a.m.:
HUN issues Flash Flood Warning [flash flood: observed] for Jackson, Madison [AL] till Jan 2, 3:30 AM CST
The weather service said substantial flooding had been reported at residences at Lamirda Court in the Meridianville area. Between 2 and 3 inches of rain had fallen, and an additional half-inch to an inch was possible in the warned area.
Another flash flood warning was in effect for southeastern DeKalb County until 4:15 a.m.
Flash Flood Warning including Fort Payne AL, Collinsville AL, Powell AL until 4:15 AM CST
Heavy rain was reported in the Fort Payne area as of 1:11 a.m. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain had fallen by that point, and more was expected.
The risk for isolated severe storms was expected to continue into the morning hours, and the Storm Prediction Center had the southern part of the state in a marginal (Level 1 out of 5) risk for severe weather:
There will be a marginal risk for severe weather (Level 1 out of 5) for southeast Alabama today (Sunday).
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