As Hurricane Ida approaches the Gulf Coast, there is a risk of heavy rainfall with flooding, gusty winds, and a few tornadoes for Central Alabama Monday into Tuesday as Ida moves through our region. Here is the information on the Flash Flood Watch from the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

The text of the alert is as follows:

The Flash Flood Watch continues for 
* Portions of central Alabama, east central Alabama, northeast 
Alabama, northwest Alabama, southeast Alabama and west central 
Alabama, including the following areas, in central Alabama, 
Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Jefferson, 
Lowndes, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega and 
Walker. In east central Alabama, Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, 
Cleburne, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa. In 
northeast Alabama, Cherokee and Etowah. In northwest Alabama, 
Marion and Winston. In southeast Alabama, Barbour, Bullock and 
Pike. In west central Alabama, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, 
Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa. 
* Through Tuesday evening. 
* Rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts will 
result in the potential for flash flooding.

The following counties are affected:

  • Autauga
  • Barbour
  • Bibb
  • Blount
  • Bullock
  • Calhoun
  • Chambers
  • Cherokee
  • Chilton
  • Clay
  • Cleburne
  • Coosa
  • Dallas
  • Elmore
  • Etowah
  • Fayette
  • Greene
  • Hale
  • Jefferson
  • Lamar
  • Lee
  • Lowndes
  • Macon
  • Marengo
  • Marion
  • Montgomery
  • Perry
  • Pickens
  • Pike
  • Randolph
  • Russell
  • Shelby
  • St. Clair
  • Sumter
  • Talladega
  • Tallapoosa
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Walker
  • Winston

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