By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON – 4 pm April 14, 2018
The threat of severe storms has ended west of a Butler (Choctaw) – Birmingham – Fort Payne line. It appears a weakening trend in the storms for the northern 2/3 of the state will continue for the remainder of the afternoon, greatly diminishing the overall severe threat.
The exception is south of Hwy 80/I85. There is still a threat in this region into the evening. Continue to be prepared and take quick action if a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued.
Although the severe threat is over for certain areas, the flash flooding threat continues for the western half of Alabama, as a Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 1 am CDT. See the graphic below for forecast rainfall totals from the National Weather Service.
Make sure you don’t drive into flooded roads. It only takes around 18 inches of water for most vehicles to be lifted from the pavement and if the water is moving, you could be swept away.