Emergency responders are rescuing people from rooftops of flooded homes and cars stuck on flooded roads in Gulf Shores and surrounding Baldwin County. A Baldwin County's emergency management official, said rescue efforts have been virtually nonstop since just before midnight. No deaths or other serious injuries were reported. Gulf Shores received nearly 21 inches of rain in the past day and officials say the scene resembles the aftermath of a hurricane.
Alabama was again in the crosshairs of a major spring storm system that is blamed for causing major damage in dozens of counties in the north, west, central and eastern sections of the state. A line of severe thunderstorms moved slowly to the east producing widespread damage from straight-line winds and tornadoes. The hardest hit areas include Limestone County, just north of the Tennessee line where two people died after a twister pummeled an area west of Athens. According to the latest storm reports from the National Weather Service, a confirmed tornado touched down near Hamilton in Mar
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of north Alabama ahead of powerful storms moving toward the state. The watch area includes 17 counties. They're along a line extending from southwest of Tuscaloosa into the state's northeastern corner. The watch expires at 9 p.m. Monday, but forecasters say more watches and warnings are likely. The weather service says waves of severe storms are expected across north and central Alabama through Wednesday, bringing a high chance of tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds, hail and flooding.
The National Weather Service is urging residents to stay informed about a large storm system blamed for spawning deadly tornadoes that cut a path of destruction in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Sunday that left 17 people dead. The National Weather Service said much of northwest Alabama faces a significant threat of severe weather today. The storm system is expected to target much of central Alabama starting tonight and lasting through Wednesday morning. Meteorologist Matt Anderson said now is the time to make sure electronic devices are working properly. Besides the potential for tornadoes,
Weather experts and emergency management agencies are keeping their eyes on a cold front approaching the state from the West. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Anderson says a volatile mix of elements is coming together. Anderson says the storms could come in several rounds over the course of two or three days. Flash flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes are all possibilities with this system. Residents are advised to review emergency plans and to make sure all devices providing weather alerts are working properly.
Montgomery Police say a dozen juveniles were charged with disorderly conduct early Thursday morning after they were involved in a fight near Lee High School. Authorities said ten of the juveniles are students at the school. Martha Earnhardt, a Montgomery Department of Public Safety woman, said officers responded to reports of a disturbance near Panama Street about 7:30 Thursday morning. Earnhardt said MPD will monitor activities on and off the Lee High School campus. No one was injured.
A federal health official will discuss the state's rising infant mortality rate at Alabama State University. Yvonne Maddox of the National Institutes of Health will be the keynote speaker today at the ASU Student Center. Maddox is acting director of the NIH's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. According to the state Department of Public Health, Alabama's infant mortality rate rose from 8.1 deaths per 1,000 to 8.9 per 1,000 between 2011 and 2012.
The question of bringing back Alabama's electric chair has emerged since the failure of lethal injection legislation to pass in the recent session of the Alabama Legislature. The companies that manufacture the drugs used in lethal injections refuse to sell to Alabama until their names are kept secret from the public. Republican Senator Cam Ward of Alabaster worked on a bill to satisfy that demand and watched it die the last night of the session earlier this month. Despite the setback, he doesn't believe the state will return to the electric chair. Ward says he is re-introducing the bill