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Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
1058 AM CDT Wed Oct 28 2020

Cleburne-Pickens-Tuscaloosa-Jefferson-Shelby-St. Clair-Talladega-
1058 AM CDT Wed Oct 28 2020

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the counties served by the
National Weather Service office in Birmingham.

.DAY ONE...Outlook through Tonight.

Impacts from Zeta will occur mainly tonight, primarily along and
south of Interstate 59. Wind gusts up to 35 mph will be possible in
the Wind Advisory area. Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph are likely
with gusts of 50 to 60 mph possible in the Tropical Storm Warning
area. Rainfall may be locally heavy at times with two to three inches
of rain expected across much of South and Central Alabama through
Thursday morning, including some locally higher amounts. This may
cause some localized flooding. There is also a potential for isolated
brief tornadoes tonight generally along and south of a line from
Demopolis to Clanton to Wedowee.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.


Activation of storm spotters and emergency management will likely be
needed by later today and tonight. Please follow all local, state,
and CDC guidelines in regards to travel.


Hurricane Local Statement

Hurricane Zeta Local Statement Advisory Number 16

Hurricane Zeta Local Statement Advisory Number 16
National Weather Service Birmingham AL  AL282020
1018 AM CDT Wed Oct 28 2020

This product covers Central Alabama

**Tropical Storm Warning for a large portion of Central Alabama**


    - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm
      Warning for Autauga, Bibb, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers,
      Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore,
      Etowah, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo,
      Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter,
      Talladega, Tallapoosa, and Tuscaloosa
    - A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Barbour and Russell

    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Autauga, Barbour,
      Bibb, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay,
      Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Greene, Hale,
      Jefferson, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry,
      Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega,
      Tallapoosa, and Tuscaloosa

    - About 540 miles southwest of Birmingham AL or about 500 miles
      southwest of Montgomery AL
    - 26.9N 91.7W
    - Storm Intensity 90 mph
    - Movement North or 10 degrees at 18 mph


Hurricane Zeta was located in the north central Gulf of Mexico. Zeta
is expected to make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast by Wednesday
evening and move quickly across Central Alabama Wednesday night into
Thursday morning. A swath of 40 to 50 mph winds are expected to occur
along and to the right of Zeta`s track, roughly south of Interstate 59,
with gusts up to 60 mph. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are
expected with locally higher amounts, which may cause localized flash
flooding. There is also a low threat of a brief tornado Wednesday night
across southern and southeastern portions of Central Alabama.


Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts
across Central Alabama. Potential impacts in this area include:
    - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
      to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings
      experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile
      homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight
      objects become dangerous projectiles.
    - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
      numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
      fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
      or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access
      routes impassable.
    - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent
      in areas with above ground lines.

Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant
impacts across Central Alabama. Potential impacts include:
    - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals,
      arroyos, and ditches overflow.
    - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
      Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid
      inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
      areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as
      storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions
      become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.

Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts
across Central Alabama. Potential impacts include:
    - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
      of emergency plans during tropical events.
    - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
      and communications disruptions.
    - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
      toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
      large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
      knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and boats pulled
      from moorings.


Now is the time to complete all preparations to protect life and
property in accordance with your emergency plan. Ensure you are in a
safe location before the onset of strong winds or possible flooding.

If you are relocating to safe shelter, leave as early as possible.
Allow extra time to reach your destination. Many roads and bridges
will be closed once strong winds arrive. Check the latest weather
forecast before departing and drive with caution.

If heading to a community shelter, become familiar with the shelter
rules before arrival, especially if you have special needs or have
pets. Take essential items with you from your Emergency Supplies Kit.

Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury or loss of
life. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any
orders that are issued. Remember, during the storm 9 1 1 Emergency
Services may not be able to immediately respond if conditions are
unsafe. This should be a big factor in your decision making.

Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles
can be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide
poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly
ventilated area.

It is important to remain calm, informed, and focused during an
emergency. Be patient and helpful with those you encounter.

If you are a visitor, be sure to know the name of the city or town in
which you are staying and the name of the county or parish in which
it resides. Listen for these locations in local news updates. Pay
attention for instructions from local authorities.

Storm surge is the leading killer associated with tropical storms and
hurricanes! Make sure you are in a safe area away from the surge
zone. Even if you are not in a surge-prone area, you could find
yourself cutoff by flood waters during and after the storm. Heed
evacuation orders issued by the local authorities.

Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone
area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded
roadway. Remember, turn around don`t drown!

If a Tornado Warning is issued for your area, be ready to shelter
quickly, preferably away from windows and in an interior room not
prone to flooding. If driving, scan the roadside for quick shelter

If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large
trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or
on a boat, consider moving to a safer shelter before the onset of
strong winds or flooding.

Closely monitor, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather

- For information on appropriate preparations see
- For information on creating an emergency plan see
- For additional disaster preparedness information see


The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Birmingham AL around 4:15 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions


Flash Flood Watch

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
325 AM CDT Wed Oct 28 2020

Including the cities of Roanoke, Selma, Prattville, Dadeville,
Centreville, Moundville, Linden, Hoover, Alexander City, Centre,
Alabaster, Demopolis, Sylacauga, Heflin, Pell City, Birmingham,
Wetumpka, Eutaw, Rockford, Tallassee, Gadsden, Livingston,
Columbiana, Ashland, Pelham, Greensboro, Clanton, Talladega,
Tuscaloosa, Marion, Moody, and Anniston
325 AM CDT Wed Oct 28 2020


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of central Alabama...east central Alabama...northeast
  Alabama and west central Alabama, including the following areas,
  in central Alabama, Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore,
  Jefferson, Perry, Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega. In east central
  Alabama, Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph and Tallapoosa. In
  northeast Alabama, Cherokee and Etowah. In west central Alabama,
  Greene, Hale, Marengo, Sumter and Tuscaloosa.

* From this afternoon through Thursday morning

* An additional 2 to 3 inches of rain along with some locally higher
  amounts are expected to occur from Zeta through Thursday morning
  across the watch area.

* Heavy rain may cause flooding in low lying areas. Please use
  caution when traveling.


A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to
Flash Flooding. Flash Flooding is a very dangerous situation. You
should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should
Flash Flood Warnings be issued.




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