Safe From the Storm

Safe from the Storm: Myths about Lightning

Lightning is a frequent part of severe weather, even routine summer thunderstorms. But myths about lightning are as common as seeing the bolts in the sky. As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama, we want to shatter some of those myths — like whether you should crouch near the ground if you see lightning outdoors or whether lightning…

Safe from the Storm: April 27, 2011 Tornadoes, 10 Years Later

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Alabama News Network is remembering the deadly April 27, 2011, tornadoes with the help of Bluewater Meteorologist Rich Thomas. It has been 10 years since that terrible day. Alabama was at the epicenter of the biggest tornado outbreak in U.S. history. There were 216 tornadoes in all and 348 deaths in six states. In…

Safe from the Storm: How Are Watches and Warnings Issued?

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. As part of that, Alabama News Network wants to make sure you’re always prepared for severe weather. Weather Authority Meteorologist Ryan Stinnett shows you who issues severe weather watches and warnings and how meteorologists and emergency officials stay in constant contact with each other any time there is a severe weather outbreak….

Safe From the Storm: Sheltering During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the way we prepare for severe weather. We saw changes to tornado shelters and Alabama EMA officials say there will be even more changes for hurricane season. Alabama EMA Director Brian Hastings says new safety precautions will change how to shelter safely. “You need to screen and manage people coming in and then you need…

Safe From The Storm: How Hurricanes Get Their Names

We’re used to calling hurricanes by their names — Camille, Fredric, Andrew, Opal, Ivan, Katrina, Michael — these are a few memorable storms. But who gets to choose the names?  And why are some names reused, while others are retired. Alabama News Network Weather Authority Meteorologist Ryan Stinnett gives us a look at hurricane names, including the ones being used…

Safe From The Storm: Remembering Hurricane Opal, 25 Years Later

Some people may think Montgomery and the rest of Central Alabama is too far inland to get the effects of a hurricane. But Hurricane Opal came right through Montgomery in 1995, leaving behind lasting damage. That storm was one of many that proves that people in our area need to be ready for hurricane season. Bluewater Chief Meteorologist Rich Thomas…

Safe From The Storm: 2020 Tropical Season Outlook

Even before the start of the 2020 hurricane season on June 1, there have been two tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean. Does that mean we’re in for a busier-than-usual hurricane season? Chief Meteorologist Shane Butler shows us the tropical season outlook, including the factors that will determine whether we’ll have more named storms than usual. Categories: News Video, Safe…

Safe from the Storm: How Alabama Prepares for Hurricanes

In Alabama, hurricane preparations start long before a storm enters the Gulf of Mexico.  Emergency officials have a response plan in place months before a hurricane season starts. The governor and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency routinely go through their hurricane response plan at the state EMA headquarters in Clanton. From the Alabama EMA, county EMAs from the coastal areas…