Severe Weather Outbreak Spawns Damaging Tornadoes in Alabama
Updated 3/26/21: The Weather Channel issued a report providing the latest on severe thunderstorm activity that caused major residential home damage in Alabama and other locations in the southern U.S.
Approximate areas reportedly sustaining structural damage:
– Birmingham (Jefferson County)
*Eagle Point subdivision, Heardmont Park, Lee Branch, Parkview Circle, (35242)
*Roebuck community (35235)
*Willow Lane and Roebuck Forest Drive (35206)
– Calera (Shelby/Chilton Counties, 35040)
– Centreville (Bibb County, 35042)
– Clay (Jefferson County, 35048)
– Brent (Bibb County, 35034)
– Dunavant (Shelby County, 35094)
– Greensboro (Hale County, 36744)
– Helena (Shelby County, 35022, 35080)
– Highland Lakes (Blount County, 35121)
– Hoover (Jefferson/Shelby Counties)
*Greystone subdivision (35242)
– Indian Springs (Shelby County, 35124)
– Lake Purdy (Shelby County, 35242)
– Ohatchee (Calhoun County, 36271)
– Pelham (Shelby County, 35124)
– Piedmont (Calhoun/Cherokee Counties, 36272)
– Pinson (Jefferson County, 35126)
– Trussville (Jefferson County, 35173)
– Vestavia Hills (Jefferson/Shelby Counties, 35216, 35226, 35242, 35266)
– Wellington (Calhoun County, 36279)
– West Blocton (Bibb County, 35184)
*Mount Carmel area
– Cedartown (Polk County, 30125)
– Newnan (Coweta County, 30263)
– Mount Pleasant (Maury County, 38474)
– Nashville (Davidson County)
*East Nashville (37206)
*South Nashville (37201)
– Portland (Sumner County, 37148)
– Smyrna (Rutherford County, 37167)
NOTE: This has NOT yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.
March 25, 2021
AccuWeather meteorologists continued to warn on Thursday that a life-threatening severe weather outbreak looms across a large part of the southern United States stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley, with the potential for dangers to linger into the nighttime hours. At least 50 million Americans are in the path of severe weather, including storm-weary residents of the Mississippi Valley still recovering from destructive tornadoes just over a week ago.
AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno pointed out that words like “possible” or “likely” are not on the forecast maps for Thursday and Thursday night. “These are definite,” he warned. “There’s going to be a tornado outbreak. There’s going to be widespread wind damage, and there’s going to be hail,” he added.
The storm set to trigger the severe outbreak shifted east out of the southern Rockies, where heavy snow was falling on Wednesday before producing thunderstorms and large hail across the southern Plains into Wednesday night.
Some hail reports across Texas were as big as pool balls and baseballs.
Even though there is still the potential for cloud cover and wet soil conditions to limit the intensity of some of the storms over the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys on Thursday, that safety net may not be enough to prevent a significant amount of violent thunderstorms.
Gulf of Mexico waters have warmed significantly in the past few weeks, and the strengthening sun this time of the year may be enough to burn through the clouds and help warm the lower part of the atmosphere. Water temperatures along the upper part of the Gulf of Mexico were in the 60s to lower 70s F as of midweek.
It is the warm, moist air near the ground that helps to fuel thunderstorms, and when strong winds are present aloft, particularly when winds increase in speed and change direction at higher levels of the atmosphere, thunderstorms can become intense, rotate and produce tornadoes.
These conditions are expected to be present in the setup Thursday to Thursday night, especially across the northern parts of Mississippi and Alabama into eastern Arkansas, the northeastern corner of Louisiana and western and central Tennessee.
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