1:30PM April 30, 2022

SCATTERED STORMS THIS AFTERNOON… Numerous showers and thunderstorms continue to pop up across south Alabama and northwest Florida as of 1:30PM on this Saturday. Heavy rain is happening near Peterman, Tunnel Springs, Beatrice, Phillipsville, Stapleton, Sardine, and Greenville.

More pop-up storms are likely in the hours ahead. Widespread severe weather is not expected today, thankfully.

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11:41AM April 30, 2022

POP-UP, INTENSE STORMS LIKELY TODAY; WIDESPREAD SEVERE WEATHER NOT EXPECTED… Numerous pulse-type thunderstorms are popping up across south Alabama and northwest Florida on this Saturday at midday. Storms are producing intense lightning and thunder, heavy downpours of rain, and gusty winds in some cases. Fortunately, widespread severe weather is not expected today and the overall tornado risk is at or near zero. Any storms that can ramp up to strong levels will be capable of knocking down a tree or two. We’ve already had two reports in the last hour of power being out in Appleton, just north of Brewton, in Escambia County, Alabama.

WHAT TO EXPECT – THRU THIS EVENING… In short, more pop-up storms. I am not expecting an “all day washout” for any specific community, but we inevitably will have these splash and dash thunderstorms that can pack a punch in localized areas. The phrase rings true all year, but particularly in late spring and early summer around here: “When thunder roars, go indoors.” If you’re close enough to a storm to hear thunder (even if faint, distant-seeming thunder), you’re close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Get inside when you hear thunder, please.

WILL I GO LIVE FOR THESE STORMS? Long-time viewers and readers know the answer to this: NO. If I went live every time we had storms in our “pop-up storm” season, I wouldn’t have a voice after just a few days. Fortunately, storms that pop-up in late spring and early summer like this usually are fairly tame in nature compared to the severe storms we have in the spring months when tornadoes are more common. There is no significant tornado risk today. As always, however, if we happen to get a storm anytime this summer that prompts a tornado warning, I will come on Facebook Live to bring you the very latest. That situation is not anticipated today, thankfully. redzoneweather.com/coverage outlines our longstanding live coverage commitment.

APP… If you haven’t already, be sure to download the free RedZone Weather app to keep up with all the latest information on the world of weather in south Alabama and northwest Florida. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) and tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

I will have updates posted throughout the afternoon and evening in the RedZone Weather app. Have a nice Saturday evening!

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