No damage reported after severe stormsPublished 7:21pm Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Alexander City received six-tenths of an inch of rain Tuesday morning, bringing November’s rainfall total up to 5.2 inches.
The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning Tuesday that was canceled around 11 a.m., but a Hazardous Weather Outlook remained in effect throughout the day.
“I talked to the Weather Service a little while ago and I think everything’s in good shape,” said Joe Paul Boone, director of the Tallapoosa County Emergency Management Agency, at 2 p.m. Tuesday. “I’ve been in contact with the (Tallapoosa County) Sheriff’s Department and the Alexander City Police Department. So far there has been no damage reported. I think there have been a few accidents, but no serious injuries so far – so far, so good.”
While the Emergency Management Agency and Storm Spotters were activated, Boone said no one spotted a tornado in Tallapoosa County to his knowledge.
He added that he talked to area schools about the inclement weather, but none decided to close early.
“We had a lot of bad weather in the New Site area and heavy rain in Alexander City, but we fared well,” he said.
The NWS predicted Tuesday that damaging winds and isolated tornadoes were possible across East-Central Alabama until 3 p.m. Tuesday, with a cold front slowly moving from west to east to end the severe weather threat.
According to the NWS website, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week are expected to be sunny and clear with highs in the 40s and 50s and lows in the 20s and 30s.
There is a 30 percent chance of showers predicted on Saturday, while Sunday and Monday should be sunny.
Meanwhile, the southern portion of Tallapoosa County remains in extreme drought and severe drought conditions linger in the northern portion of the county. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted winter to be warmer and drier than average in the Southeast, which will likely exacerbate drought conditions in the area.
Boone said Tallapoosa County was fortunate Tuesday’s inclement weather eased up as it traveled toward the area.
“There was a lot of significant damage in Louisiana and Mississippi before it got to us,” Boone said. “The potential was there and the temperature was up. It warmed up over the night as it was approaching us … but we fared well.”