Saturday Storm System Prompts Tornado Watch, Brings Rain and Wind to Wiregrass

A storm system that swept through the area on Saturday, January 11th and brought rain as well as prompting a variety of weather watches and warnings.

The very first Tornado Watch issued by the Storm Prediction Center so far for any of the United States in 2014 included parts of the Southeastern Alabama. The tornado watch was issued at 7:10am and was planned to last through 2pm. It also included parts of Georgia.

Much of the Wiregrass had seen some scattered showers and thunderstorms before the watch was issued, and the rain spread across much of the area.

Although no tornado warnings were issued in southeastern Alabama, a Tornado Warning was issued briefly for the Panama City Beach area after a spotter report, although no damage was reported according to the Storm Prediction Center.

However, several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued between 8:30am and 10:45am, including for Houston County and the Dothan area. According to the Storm Prediction Center, a tree was knocked down at US 231 and Alabama Road 51 in Dale County, three miles to the southwest of Ariton.

Some of the wind gusts observed across the area during the storms included a 31 mile per hour gust at the Dothan airport, a 28 mile per hour gust at the Troy airport, and a 25 mile per hour gust in Ozark.

Some heavy rainfall totals were also observed. In a three-hour period, the Troy Municipal Airport recorded 1.16” of rain.


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