State Troopers investigated 19 traffic fatalities during the recent Christmas and New Year's holiday period. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says the traffic deaths occurred between December 19th and January 2nd. Troopers said alcohol was a factor in five of the crashes and only four of the 19 individuals were wearing seatbelts.
Plenty of jackets and gloves out this week as cold air pounds the state. Doctors say it's important to dress in layers if you have to brave the outdoors. Phing An, a physician at Vaughn Urgent Care, says residents can be affected by a number of ailments if they stay outside too long with exposed skin. An says you should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, avoid alcoholic drinks though, as they tend to dull your senses, giving you a false feeling of being warm.
Much of the nation, including Alabama, remains in the grip of dangerously cold air that has sent temperatures plummeting into the teens and single-digits. The coldest spot occurred in Haleyville where it was 4 degrees at 5 a.m. Montgomery, Elmore County and Tuskegee are providing warming stations to help people get out of the bitter cold. The National Weather Service says the cold snap will last through the weekend.
Experts say leaving faucets dripping and cabinets open should keep pipes from bursting, residents should also unscrew outdoor hose pipes and cover the water spouts to keep them from freezing. Brad Cole, co-owner of American Swimming Pool Company of Montgomery suggests buying foam insulators for the job, he adds the potential increase in your water bill from leaving faucets dripping is much lower than the cost of getting busted pipes repaired.
The National Weather Service is issuing a hard freeze advisory for central Alabama as an arctic cold front moves into the state. Forecasters say temperatures are predicted to plummet to as low as 8 degrees across central Alabama early Thursday morning. Meteorologists expect temperatures to drop into the low 20s as far south as the Alabama coast. Montgomery city officials say warming stations will be opened starting today from 7:30 a.m. through 8 p.m. at ten community centers across the capital city.
Brace yourselves, bitterly cold air is headed for Alabama as early as Wednesday evening. Forecasters are warning of a prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures across the state that could last through Friday. The latest arctic clipper will bring some of the coldest air since January of last year. State Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner is urging Alabamians to prepare for the frigid temperatures. Forecasters say low temperatures could fall into the single-digits and teens.
Alabama is likely headed for the deep freeze. The National Weather Service says freezing temperatures and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the state will range between minus 5 and 7 degrees Thursday morning. Art Faulkner, Alabama's Emergency Management Director, is urging residents to protect household property, pets and assist others, especially the elderly.
Temperatures will continue to plunge as through the rest of the week. Forecasters say frigid temperatures will impact the eastern two-thirds of the nation, including the South. The arctic air is expected to pack quite a punch with wind chill values throughout Alabama ranging between minus 5 and 7 degrees Thursday morning. Temperatures are projected to hit the teens and possibly single digits in many areas of central and north Alabama.
Severe weather rolled across much of Alabama during the first weekend of the new year. Storm-related damage occurred early Sunday morning in Crenshaw County where a possible tornado destroyed chicken houses and damaged several homes in the Spring Hill community. No injuries were reported. Severe storms also are blamed for toppling trees and damaging structures in Sumter, Marion and Lamar counties in west Alabama. The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office said a 3-year-old boy suffered a minor head injury when a tree limb crashed through a house in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama's unemployment rate is down to six percent. The preliminary jobless rate represents the state's best unemployment numbers in more than six years. But the state is still slightly above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. Shelby County has the state's lowest unemployment at 3.8 percent, and Wilcox County has the worst joblessness at 12.2 percent.