Severe weather threat for Elmore County today 11-30-2016

According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Birmingham, there is a limited severe weather threat for today for Elmore County. The timeframe for the primary severe weather threat we will see today for Elmore County will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Below you will find the Hazardous Weather Outlook published by the NWS early this morning along with a graphic from the NWS WFO in Birmingham. The graphic shows the type of threat we may see along with the timing of the severe threat across the state. We will continue to monitor the system closely.

NWS STATEMENT:

“THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE COUNTIES SERVED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.

.DAY ONE…THROUGH TONIGHT.

A LIMITED THREAT OF ISOLATED BRIEF TORNADOES, DAMAGING WIND, AND LARGE HAIL WILL CONTINUE FOR MUCH OF CENTRAL ALABAMA MAINLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF A TUSCALOOSA TO ONEONTA LINE. THE THREAT WILL END FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST THROUGH THE DAY, EXITING THE SOUTHEAST COUNTIES BY 3 PM.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MAY BE NEEDED THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

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Severe weather threat tonight 11-29-2016 through tomorrow 11-30-2016 for Elmore County (UPDATE)

The only thing that has changed from earlier is the timing of when the squall line moves through Elmore County. (See graphics below)

According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Birmingham, there is a limited severe weather threat for tonight into tomorrow for Elmore County.  Northwestern portions of the state are under a higher threat of severe weather at this time. Some adjustments have been made to the forecast since yesterday and still may be made with regards to the timing of the fronts moving through. Below you will find the Hazardous Weather Outlook published by the NWS early this morning along with a couple of graphics from the NWS WFO in Birmingham.  We will continue to monitor the system and will send out an update later today or in the morning if significant changes are made in timing or severity. You may also keep up with the latest information posted at our website at www.elmorecoema.com , and also through  Facebook and twitter at Elmore County EMA.

NWS STATEMENT:

“THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE COUNTIES SERVED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.

 .DAY ONE…THROUGH TONIGHT.

A FEW ISOLATED SUPERCELL STORMS COULD DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING WITH A THREAT FOR STRONG WINDS, QUARTER SIZE HAIL, AND PERHAPS A TORNADO GENERALLY NORTH AND WEST OF INTERSTATE 59.

 A GREATER THREAT FOR SUPERCELLS AND TORNADOES IS EXPECTED TO EVOLVE AFTER 7 PM ACROSS THE NORTHWEST. A COUPLE OF SIGNIFICANT TORNADOES CANNOT BE RULED OUT ACROSS LAMAR, MARION, FAYETTE AND WINSTON COUNTIES THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

AFTER MIDNIGHT, THE THREAT SHOULD TRANSITION INTO A LINE OF STORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS AND FEW BRIEF TORNADOES AS FAR EAST AS A LINE FROM MONTGOMERY TO WEDOWEE THROUGH 6 AM WEDNESDAY.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

A LOW-END THREAT FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND BRIEF TORNADOES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH NOON WEDNESDAY EAST OF A LINE FROM MONTGOMERY TO WEDOWEE.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

 ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MAY BE NEEDED LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH NOON WEDNESDAY.”

 

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Severe weather threat for Elmore County 11-28-2016 through 11-30-2016

According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Birmingham, there is a limited severe weather threat for tonight for portions of Elmore County and places west of Elmore County. Also there is a limited threat of severe weather again tomorrow night into Wednesday morning for all of central Alabama. Adjustments to the forecast may be made with regards to the timing of the fronts moving through. Below you will find the Hazardous Weather Outlook published by the NWS early this morning along with a couple of graphics from the NWS WFO in Birmingham.  We will continue to monitor the system and will send out an update later today or in the morning if significant changes are made in timing or severity. You may also keep up with the latest information posted at our website at www.elmorecoema.com , and also through  Facebook and twitter at Elmore County EMA.

NWS Statement:

“THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE COUNTIES SERVED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM. .DAY ONE…THROUGH TONIGHT.

THERE IS A LIMITED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, INCLUDING WIND GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH AND A FEW TORNADOES. THE THREAT AREA IS GENERALLY WEST OF A LINE FROM ALEXANDER CITY TO MONTGOMERY. THE MAIN TIMING FOR THIS THREAT IS FROM 7 PM THROUGH 2 AM.

WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS ALL OF CENTRAL ALABAMA THROUGH TONIGHT, WITH A POTENTIAL FOR SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20 TO 25 MPH AND WIND GUSTS OF 35 MPH. THESE WINDS COULD BRING DOWN TREE BRANCHES OR SMALL TREES THAT HAVE BEEN WEAKENED BY THE ONGOING DROUGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

THERE IS A LIMITED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, INCLUDING WIND GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH, QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND A FEW TORNADOES. ALL OF CENTRAL ALABAMA IS INCLUDED WITH THIS EVENT. THE MAIN TIMING WILL BE TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MAY BE NEEDED TONIGHT AND AGAIN TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY.”

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Elmore County is still under a Drought Emergency Declaration! (UPGRADED ALERT)

The Alabama Forestry Commission

The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a state wide “NO BURN ORDER” for all of Alabama’s 67 counties.

WHAT IS A DROUGHT EMERGENCY DECLARATION?
Section 9-13-141 of the Code of Alabama states: “at such time as the state forestry commission has declared by regulation a drought emergency in any county or counties, it shall be unlawful in such county or counties for any person to set fire to any forest, grass, woods, wildlands or marshes or to build a campfire or bonfire or to burn trash or other material that may cause a forest, grass or woods fire.”

Specifically, the regulation prohibits any prescribed burns, any campfire or bonfire, any trash or debris fires, or any other open burning.

DO THE REGULATIONS COVER BARBEQUES?
The regulations allow barbeque fires for cooking IF the fire is in a grill or masonry barbeque pit, including large barbeque pits used by civic organizations to prepare food. Anyone grilling or barbequing during the Drought Emergency should have water hoses on site to prevent any loose sparks from setting a wildfire, and a circle at least 10 feet wide around the grill should be cleared of any burnable material. Side fires to generate coals for a barbeque must also be within a grill or masonry pit. Gas grills are allowed.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE “CAMPFIRE OR BONFIRE” PROHIBITION?
Campfires or bonfires include any fire that is burned on bare ground, even if surrounded by stones or a metal fire ring. This definition includes campfires, ceremonial fires, ‘council’ fires, bonfires, ‘warming’ fires, and cooking fires that are on bare ground and not in a masonry lined ‘pit.’

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE “TRASH OR DEBRIS FIRE” PROHIBITION?
Trash and debris fires include burning of woody debris, yard waste, garbage, construction debris or any other material, in either an open pit or in a barrel. At this time, people should not burn a debris pile until the Drought Emergency is lifted.
WHAT OTHER THINGS ARE INCLUDED IN THE DROUGHT EMERGENCY?
The intent of the Drought Emergency Declaration is to prevent catastrophic wildfires during drought conditions. No one should use an open flame in or around a woodland setting. At campsites, closed lanterns may be used, but no open flames such as candles or ‘tiki’ torches. Care should also be exercised in suburban areas where lawns are very dry as well.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING THESE REGULATIONS?
Under Section 9-13-142, Code of Alabama, anyone found guilty of violating these regulations and improperly conducting open burning in a Drought Emergency-declared area shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than $250, nor more than $500, and at the discretion of the court, that person may also be sentenced to the county jail for up to six months.
Additionally, any person burning in violation of the Drought Emergency Declaration will be liable for damages to the property of another and any costs associated with the suppression of said fire. Suppression costs would include equipment and personnel costs related to control or extinguish the wildfire.

 Click here for Alabama Forestry Service Website