Severe Weather Awareness Week
February 16-21st, 2014
Governor Robert Bentley has declared February 16-21st, 2014 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. The National Weather Service, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and other supporting organizations, ask for your help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advance planning and increased awareness will help residents of Alabama survive these deadly storms.
For an electronic version of the Alabama All Hazards Awareness Booklet click here.
"Tornado Safety Drill" on Wednesday, February 19. In Alabama, we do not conduct a statewide tonado drill. However, we encourage everyone to conduct their own safety drill on Wednesday, Feb 19th. This "tornado safety drill" will be accomplished in conjunction with our weekly NOAA All-Hazards Radio Test that will be run at a special time of 9 am. An actual tornado warning WILL NOT sound, but this is an excellent opportunity for schools, civic organizations and businesses across Southeastern Alabama to practice what they would do in the event of a tornado warning.
Severe weather can happen at any time across Southeastern Alabama. Here are some notable examples in the last few years of severe weather in Southeastern Alabama:
July 2013 Flooding An ususual and slow moving pattern in the summer led to several days of heavy rainfall across Southeast Alabama around the Fourth of July in 2013
February 2013 Floods A strong frontal system brought a couple of days of heavy rainfall to Southern Alabama. Significant flooding occurred in Southern Houston and Geneva Counties.
April 5, 2011 Squall Line A squall line producing widespread wind damage moved across the Southeastern United States.
March 26-27, 2011 Large Hail Storms Numerous storms producing large hail occurred across Southeastern Alabama.
March 1, 2007 Tornado Outbreak A significant tornado outbreak occurred across Southeast Alabama with a large EF-4 tornado affecting Enterprise, Alabama.