This morning on Alabamawx.com, James Spann provided some very important comments about the severe weather threat. He first mentioned the history of "high risk" outlooks for Alabama:
"Here is an interesting note from the Birmingham NWS office:
THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS PLACED MOST OF CENTRAL ALABAMA UNDER
A HIGH RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FOR TODAY. SINCE 1989…PARTS
OF ALABAMA HAVE BEEN UNDER A HIGH RISK ON 10 OCCASIONS:
NOVEMBER 15 1989 (HUNTSVILLE TORNADO)
MARCH 27 1994 (PALM SUNDAY TORNADO OUTBREAK)
NOVEMBER 27 1994
MAY 2 1997
APRIL 8 1998 (OAK GROVE F5 TORNADO)
MAY 5 1999
OCTOBER 13 2001
NOVEMBER 10 2002 (VETERANS DAY TORNADO OUTBREAK)
MAY 5 2003
APRIL 7 2006"
The above was from James' post at the following URL:
I wonder what happened on some of those days we didn’t have a huge outbreak. I think on some of them there were bad storms nearby.
I think the best point he made was, “there is no need to fear the weather today, but you do need to use your common sense and be in a position to hear severe weather warnings, and have a plan of action if a tornado warning is issued. It is that simple.”
I also liked what JB pointed out last night. Even in a major outbreak, only a tiny percentage of the area will be affected. If people follow basic safety instructions, maybe we can get through this together.
Let me also add that we should pray for people to be safe and for the Lord to watch over and protect people.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Dekalb County Until 7:30PM - At 6:47 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Tabor Road, or 13 miles west of Centre, moving northeast at 40 mph.
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