Hazards and Threats

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May 1 -- Severe weather, including heavy rain, hail and tornades hit Alabama April 28-30. NOAA Storm Prediction Center reports for April 28 include tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail. See also NWS Birmingham's graphical track survey status and NWS Huntsville provides survey status here. NWS Mobile/Pensacola reports data on the flash flood event April 29-30 that was also part of the storm system that moved eastward from the Plains.



May 17 -- NWS Huntsville reported heavy rainfall, strong and isolated severe storms moved into North Alabama around 10 AM May 17. The strongest storm of the day produced two tornadoes that briefly touched down in Limestone County. Both tornadoes were rated EF-0. The Athens tornado was 2.04 miles in length and the Elkmont tornado was less than .2 mile long.

April 11 -- Preliminary NWS data revealed six EF-1 tornadoes and one EF-2 tornado hit central Alabama April 11. Pickens, Walker, Winston, Bibb, and Macon/Lee counties were affected. Two more tornadoes hit Madison County in north Alabama. No one died; two people were injured. The United States Tornadoes blog provides a summary of the national perspective of that weather system.

March 27 -- Alabama experienced a second hail and wind event this month. Birmingham NWS reported a strong elevated storm Saturday March 23 moved through Sumter, Hale, Perry, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, and Tallapoosa counties The storm created damaging wind gusts and dropped hail stones 1 to 1.75 inches in diameter.

They called the March 18 storm a derecho. NWS reported that the intense line of thunderstorms moved through Central Alabama, bringing damaging straight line winds, up to two-inch hail and a tornado. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center released a detailedstorm report that includes all the affected states. The updated report indicates five tornadoes hit Alabama: one was in Colbert County, three were in Marshall County, and one was in DeKalb County. See ABC3340 collection of damage photos. Alabama EMA situation report is posted on the EMA site.



April 5 -- A series of storms developed in the late morning hours; a second wave developed during the early evening hours. Large hail up to the size of golf balls and win damage were reported. Affected counties: Hale, Sumter, Greene, Perry Chilton, Marengo, Dallas, Autauga, Elmore, Lamar, Marion, Fayette, Walker, Winston, Jefferson, Shelby, Talladega.

March 2-3 -- A series of tornadoes hit north Alabama beginning about 9 am March 2. Communities in Limestone and Madison counties that were affected in last year's storms were again hit. No deaths associated with these events. Additional tornadoes hit other parts of the state throughout the day and into the night. One death occurred following a tornado in Dadeville, AL (Tallapoosa Co.) Six tornadoes, ranging from EF1 to EF3, have been confirmed. Event summary data from the Huntsville NWS office details preliminary information on two tornadoes in Madison and Limestone counties. The Birmingham NWS office provided preliminary summaries of four tornadoes affecting Lowndes, Perry, Dallas, Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Chambers counties.

January -- On January 23, Governor Bentley declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties as a result of severe weather impacting the state. Event summary data from the National Weather Service indicates ten tornadoes in Alabama on January 23. Two deaths resulted from the tornadoes. The tornadoes ranged in strength from EF-0 to EF-3 and impacted Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Sumter, St. Clair, Perry, Talladega, Chilton, and Elmore counties. Tallapoosa County received straight-line wind damage.

In 2011 the state was impacted by 177 tornadoes, more than twice the annual average for the previous 10 years.