Jefferson, Shelby counties under flash flood warnings | News
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings for both Jefferson and Shelby counties.
The flash flood warning for Jefferson County is in effect until 2 p.m. and the warning for Shelby County is in effect until 1:30 p.m.
Fox 6 meteorologist Wes Wyatt says as we approach the lunch hour, a line of strong thunderstorms was located from near Gardendale south along the 65 corridor to Clanton. He says the storms are moving very slowly to the west-southwest direction.
The National Weather Service estimates that between two and four inches of rain have fallen in the Birmingham area. An estimated two to three inches of rain have already fallen in parts of Shelby County including Helena, areas south toward Calera, and Alabaster.
Alabaster mayor David Frings says several areas near the creek are prone to flooding, but today other areas around the city that don't normally flood were underwater. The mayor said no injuries had been reported, and that if anyone gets stuck in the floodwaters to call 911 and the city would send help.
Wyatt says cloud-to-ground lightning has also been quite frequent, so to be on the lookout for this threat as the storms drift westward. Areas in the path of these storms include-from north to south-Graysville, Concord, McCalla, Maylene, Montevallo, Six Mile, and Lawley.
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