Road Closure Notice ~ Coosa Ridge Road at Forest Hill ~ Deatsville Community

As of 9:45  A.M Monday, January 28, 2019

According to the Elmore County Highway Department:  Be advised that Coosa Ridge Road at Forest Hill in the Deatsville Community, is temporarily closed while road work/maintenance is performed until approximately 3:00 P.M.

We will update as soon as we have confirmation from the Elmore County Highway Department that the roadway is passable.

 

 

 

Volunteer Coordination for January 21, 2019

The Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) will open tomorrow at 8:00am to 5:00pm at the DHR Office 8961 US Hwy 231, Wetumpka.  They will not be accepting any more volunteers after 3:00pm. To be able to volunteer, you must be 18 years of age or have a parent’s permission (under 13 is prohibited).  There are two staging areas set up for volunteers after initial registration at the VRC, Wetumpka High School and Wetumpka Football Stadium (Heavy Equipment).  Wetumpka Fire Department is assigning volunteers to the damaged areas.  The VRC is only accepting local volunteers tomorrow.

Volunteer Coordination Information

Volunteers that are looking to help with the clean-up efforts in downtown Wetumpka or in the county should contact the Elmore County EMA office at (334) 567-6451 beginning at 8 am Sunday January 20, 2019.  The Elmore County Commission and City of Wetumpka are appreciative of volunteers wanting to assist, but want to ensure coordination to maximize recovery efforts and resources.

Staging area for volunteers will be at 8961 US Hwy 231. This address is for the north parking lot of the Elmore County Judicial Complex and Elmore County DHR office.

Elmore County under TORNADO WARNING until 3:15 pm

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TORBMX

ALC001-037-051-123-192115-

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BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

Tornado Warning

National Weather Service Birmingham AL

227 PM CST SAT JAN 19 2019

 

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

 

* Tornado Warning for…

Northeastern Autauga County in central Alabama…

Northern Elmore County in east central Alabama…

West central Tallapoosa County in east central Alabama…

Southeastern Coosa County in east central Alabama…

 

* Until 315 PM CST.

 

* At 227 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado

was located near Marbury, or 12 miles north of Prattville, moving

northeast at 55 mph.

 

HAZARD…Tornado.

 

SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.

 

IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without

shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.

Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur.  Tree

damage is likely.

 

* Locations impacted include…

Equality, Deatsville, Speed, Marbury, Pentonville, Cottage Grove,

Western Lake Martin, Titus, Weoka Mills, Jordan Lake, Highway 9 and

Highway 22, Welona, Ten Cedar Estates, Nixburg, Kowaliga Bridge,

Southern Lake Martin, Eastern Lake Martin, Fishpond, Holtville and

Central.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

 

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

 

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LAT…LON 3255 8650 3267 8655 3271 8648 3271 8642

3274 8641 3275 8640 3275 8638 3276 8639

3295 8604 3274 8589

TIME…MOT…LOC 2027Z 241DEG 49KT 3264 8647

 

TORNADO…RADAR INDICATED

HAIL…<.75IN

 

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1/19/2019 Tornado Watch for Elmore County until 5:00 p.m.

From NWS-Birmingham:

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WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 2

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL

944 AM CST SAT JAN 19 2019

 

ALC001-007-021-027-037-047-051-063-065-085-091-101-105-117-119-

121-123-192300-

/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.A.0002.190119T1544Z-190119T2300Z/

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 2 IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

 

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 17 COUNTIES

 

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

AUTAUGA               BIBB                  CHILTON

COOSA                 DALLAS                ELMORE

LOWNDES               MONTGOMERY            PERRY

SHELBY                TALLADEGA

 

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

CLAY                  TALLAPOOSA

 

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

GREENE                HALE                  MARENGO

SUMTER

 

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALABASTER, ALEXANDER CITY, ASHLAND, BRENT, CENTREVILLE, CLANTON, COLUMBIANA, DEMOPOLIS, EUTAW, FORT DEPOSIT, GREENSBORO, LINDEN, LINEVILLE, LIVINGSTON, LOWNDESBORO, MARION, MILLBROOK, MONTGOMERY, MOUNDVILLE, PELHAM, PRATTVILLE, ROCKFORD, SELMA, SYLACAUGA, TALLADEGA, UNIONTOWN, WETUMPKA, AND YORK.

 

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With Cold Temp’s Remember the 4 P’s: People, Pets, Plants, and Pipes

In anticipation of the cold air mass moving in to our area Sunday bringing colder temperatures and wind chills in the teens, Elmore County EMA would like to remind our citizens of the 4 P’s:  People, Pets, Plants, and Pipes.

  • People – should dress warmly, in layers, to avoid hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature).
  • Pets – should be brought indoors or provided with a warm place to sleep.
  • Pipes – that run outside or under a house should be wrapped in pipe insulation to avoid cracks due to water freezing in them.
  • Plants – may need to be covered or brought inside to avoid frost damage.

Health Hazards

Did you know that prolonged exposure to the cold can become life-threatening? Frostbite and hypothermia are both serious health conditions, and hypothermia can be fatal.

Frostbite – damage to body tissue caused by extreme cold. A wind chill of -20°F will cause frostbite in 30 minutes or less!

  • Signs: A loss of feeling and a white/pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose.
  • Action: Get medical help immediately! If you must wait for help, slowly rewarm affected areas. However, if the person is also showing signs of hypothermia, warm the body core before the extremities.

Hypothermia – An abnormally low body temperature (<95°F). It can kill!

  • Signs: Uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.
  • Action: Seek medical help immediately if the person’s body temperature is below 95°F! If medical care is not available, warm the person slowly, starting with the body core.

Safety & Preparedness

Although it may not happen frequently, Central Alabama does see significant impacts from winter weather. NOW is the time to prepare and finalize your winter preparedness plans. Make sure your NOAA Weather Radio has fresh batteries in it. Make sure you have a means of receiving winter weather information, and be prepared in case you have no way to travel. Injuries and deaths due to winter weather can be prevented through proper winter safety measures

The following graphics cover important safety and preparedness information, whether you are at home or traveling.

 

 

New Year’s Eve forecast- there is a Risk of potential severe weather

The NWS-Birmingham changed the forecast for today/tonight.  They increased the potential for severe weather in the northwest counties to “Slight” and they moved the “Marginal” potential back to the western edge of Elmore County.  Elmore County isn’t in the Marginal zone but we are right on the edge, so we must be aware of the potential in our area.

Also, the timeframe for the line of storms to enter Elmore County will be sometime after 9 p.m.  Please refer and make any plans or adjustments for the events tonight.

We hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year.  Don’t Drink and Drive!  Stay weather aware tonight!

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
720 AM CST Mon Dec 31 2018

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Marion-Lamar-Fayette-Winston-Walker-Blount-Etowah-Calhoun-Cherokee-
Cleburne-Pickens-Tuscaloosa-Jefferson-Shelby-St. Clair-Talladega-
Clay-Randolph-Sumter-Greene-Hale-Perry-Bibb-Chilton-Coosa-Tallapoosa-
Chambers-Marengo-Dallas-Autauga-Lowndes-Elmore-Montgomery-Macon-
Bullock-Lee-Russell-Pike-Barbour-
720 AM CST Mon Dec 31 2018

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

.DAY ONE…Outlook through Tonight.

There is a slight chance for severe storms this afternoon after 1 pm
through tonight, around 9 pm. Areas that could be impacted include
areas along and west of a Selma to Clanton to Anniston line. Wind
gusts of 40 to 60 mph are possible with a line of showers and
embedded thunderstorms. In addition to the winds, locally heavy
rainfall is expected as well. A tornado can not be ruled out across
the far northwestern counties, or along and west of a Carrollton to
Cordova line, generally from 1 to 4 pm.

Rises along the rivers will continue and many are near bankfull or
in flood. Please refer to river flood warnings, statements, and
advisories for the latest information.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Tuesday through Sunday.

Some rivers will continue to experience flooding into next week.
Please refer to river flood warnings, statements, and advisories for
the latest information.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Activation of storm spotters and emergency management may be needed
through this evening.

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