Tornadoes, storms threaten Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama

 

UPDATE (4:50 p.m.) – A flash flood warning has been issued for much of the News Five viewing area including Mobile, Pensacola and Navarre. Forecasters suggest you move to higher ground.


UPDATE (4:45 p.m.) – According to a spokesperson at Alabama Power, over 2,000 customers in the lower Alabama area are without power. 1,600 of those customers are in the Theodore area and 360 are in Jackson, Ala.


UPDATE (4:40 p.m.) – The tornado warning issued for Choctaw County has been canceled. The warnings in several Mississippi counties have also been canceled, including Greene, Perry, Stone and Wayne. at NAS Pensacola

Larry Burch, an aviation meteorologist at NAS Pensacola, says there have been 6.49 inches of rain at the military base since Sunday. 2.8 inches have dropped just Monday afternoon.


UPDATE (4:15 p.m.) – Strong winds damaged the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores Monday afternoon. WKRG’s Debbie Williams and Photojournalist Randy Lowe will have LIVE reports on News 5 at 5:00. Click here to watch live.

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UPDATE (4:00 p.m.) – Severe storms cause damage in the Gulf Shores along Highway 59 near West Beach Boulevard. This is around the Little Lagoon area. These photographs were sent to WKRG from Xaust Media .

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UPDATE (3:45 p.m.) – A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Mobile County including the city of Mobile and Prichard that will last until 4:30 p.m.

Over in Florida, strong winds and heavy rain are moving through Escambia County. This is the same system that caused damage in Gulf Shores, Ala.


UPDATE (3:25 p.m.) – A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Pensacola, Fla. area near Navarre.

Also, there have been reports of storm damage in Gulf Shores, Ala. including roof and siding blown off. News Five has a crew on the way Gulf Shores/Orange Beach and will update once we know more.


UPDATE (3:10 p.m.) – News Five’s Alison Spann is in Jackson, Ala. where a home had a large pine tree fall on top of it in the Belleview Subdivision off Highway 43.

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A large tree fell on a home in Bellview, Ala.
A large tree fell on a home in the Belleview subdivision in Jackson, Ala.

UPDATE (2:55 p.m.) – A tornado warning has been issued for south Crenshaw County and impacts town including Luverne, Brantley and Rutledge. If you live this area, be alert and take cover.

The flash flood warning continues for Greenville, Evergreen and other towns in Monroe and Clarke counties.

Further south in Baldwin County, the EMA states that strong winds and heavy rain have been reported in Bon Secour, Ala.


UPDATE (2:45 p.m.) – Due to the severe weather in the area, the Mobile Bay Ferry has closed operations for the rest of the day and will reopen Tuesday.


UPDATE (2:35 p.m.) – The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning in south Baldwin County in Alabama and south Escambia County in Florida. The warning includes Pensacola, Bellview and Ensley in Florida and Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Elberta in Alabama.

A tornado watch still exists for the entire News Five viewing area until 8 p.m. Monday night.


UPDATE (2:15 p.m.) – Numerous roads have washed out in Jackson, Ala. and are no longer drivable. Please avoid the area if possible.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood emergency until 6:15 p.m. and urge all residents to move to higher ground.

The Clarke County EMA office issued the following the statement, “significant flooding in Jackson, AL area. If in this area we are asking for you to stay indoors unless an emergency.”

A News Five viewer sent in pictures of the damage to a Subway restaurant on College Avenue in Jackson. The damage was caused by straight-line winds.

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UPDATE (2:05 p.m.) – A marine warning has also been issued for areas in Alabama including Mobile Bay and the Mississippi Sound. The warning will last until 3:15 p.m.

If you are trying to contact the Jackson Police Department, their phone line is currently down. You can reach them by calling 251-246-4445 or 251-246-1494.


UPDATE (1:55 p.m.) – Flash floods have been reported in Beaumont, Miss. near the Leaf River area. Please avoid the area if possible.

A marine warning has been issued for an area in the Gulf of Mexico just south of Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle that will remain in effect until 2:30 p.m.


UPDATE (1:45 p.m.) – The severe weather is moving north and hitting areas larger towns like Greenville and Monroeville. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the following south central Alabama counties including northeastern Conecuh, Monroe, southeastern Wilcox and Butler.


UPDATE (1:25 p.m.) – The Clarke County EMA is advising that a restaurant in Jackson had major storm damage due to high winds.


UPDATE (1:15 p.m.) – The tornado warning has been canceled for Washington County, Ala.

In Clarke County, the Emergency Management Agency has closed a road in Jackson due to extreme flooding.


UPDATE (12:55 p.m.) – A tornado warning has been issued for several towns in southeastern Washington County including McIntosh, Sims Chapel and Seaboard. Take cover if are in one of those areas.

The severe thunderstorm warning in Stone County, Miss. has been cleared.


UPDATE (12:45 p.m.) – According to a News Five viewer, three large trees have fallen on a home off Highway 43 in Jackson, Ala.


UPDATE (12:30 p.m.) – According to the National Weather Service station in Mobile, there have been reports of hail in Grove Hill, Ala. The reports state the size of the hail as pea-size.


UPDATE (12:25 p.m.) – A line of strong thunderstorms with high winds are moving into northwestern Wilcox County near Thomaston and Vineland. Expect severe weather conditions until 1 p.m.

Follow the radar here: http://wkrg.com/weather/interactive-radar/


UPDATE (12:15 p.m.) – A flash flood warning has been issued for Monroeville and Jackson along with areas in Clarke, Conecuh, Monroe and Washington counties in Alabama. The warning will last until 6 p.m. Monday evening. Move to higher ground if possible. Forecasters say they have received three inches of rain in the past hour.

The first reports of storm damage are rolling into the News Five newsroom. An early report states a tree has fallen near the Greene County Prison in Mississippi.


UPDATE (11:55 a.m.) – A small craft advisory is now in effect for open waters in Alabama and the western Florida panhandle.

The approaching system will increase onshore winds throughout the afternoon. Waves are building to four feet near the shore and seven feet well offshore.

Also, a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for central Washington County and central Clarke County in Alabama.

Follow the radar here: http://wkrg.com/weather/interactive-radar/


UPDATE (11:40 a.m.) – A tornado warning is in effect for southeastern Washington County until noon Monday.

According to forecasters, a severe thunderstorm is capable of producing a tornado near Wagarville about 11 miles southeast of Chatom.


UPDATE (11:30 a.m.) – A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. They include west central and southwest Alabama, extreme northwest Florida, southeast Louisiana, central and southern Mississippi along with coastal waters.

The threat includes possible tornadoes, scattered wind gusts of up to 70 mph and isolated hail.


UPDATE (11:10 a.m.) – Many locations in the News Five area have seen four to six inches of rain since New Year’s Eve and our forecasters believe an additional three inches is possible.

The severe weather threat should end before midnight and the sunshine will be returning Tuesday morning.

Creeks and rivers are near flood stage, and river flooding is possible over the next few days even after the rain has stopped.


UPDATE (10:50 a.m.) – A flood warning has been issued for the area near the Perdido River, especially Barrinaeu Park in Baldwin and Escambia counties.

Heavy rain has caused the river to rise significantly which increases the chance for flash floods.

A severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued for southwest Washington County in Alabama and eastern Greene County in Mississippi. The storm has wind gusts of 60 mph and quarter size hail. According to forecasters, expect wind damage to roofs, siding and trees.

Follow the radar here: http://wkrg.com/weather/interactive-radar/

The Storm Prediction Center says that 6.9 million people in large parts Louisiana, Mississippi and south Alabama are at the highest risk of storms Monday. The area includes several large cities such as New Orleans; Jackson, Mississippi; and Mobile, Alabama.


UPDATE (10:40 a.m.) – A tornado warning was issued for northwestern George County in Miss. However, it was canceled a few minutes later.

A severe weather storm alert has been issued from the area of southeast Louisiana to southwest Alabama. Forecasters predict the threat of damaging winds and a few tornadoes. The watch will stay in effect through much of Monday.

Send your severe pictures from around the are to news5@wkrg.com.


Forecasters have issued a tornado watch for most of Louisiana as severe weather is expected to bring a variety of threats to a large part of the Deep South.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says that portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and south Alabama are the areas of greatest concern for damaging storms.

Forecasters say damaging winds, hail and flash flooding will be possible, and that a few tornadoes Monday afternoon and evening will also be possible.

In Louisiana, the tornado watch is in effect until 2 p.m. Monday.

 

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