By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON – 230 pm April 14, 2018
The threat of severe storms has ended west of a Livingston – Jasper – Huntsville line. Some good news is that due to the extensive cloud cover across the state, supercell thunderstorm development ahead of the main line is unlikely from this point forward. However, there are some atmospheric indications that rotation of storms within the line itself could actually increase during the late afternoon and overnight hours, posing a continued tornado threat well into the night.
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. An expansive moderate to heavy rain shield extends back to the MS river, and this will continue to pose a flash flood risk.
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.