It is April 9, 2024.

It is the day after the non-event solar eclipse in West Alabama. Unfortunately, forecasters were correct, and a cloud deck kept use from being able to see our 89% of the eclipse. Oh well, guess we will wait another 20 years.

Those clouds yesterday and the rainfall were just the precursor to another day of potential rain and a Wednesday of torrential rainfall that has triggered the National Weather Service in Birmingham to issue a Flood Watch for tomorrow afternoon and evening.

An Enhanced (3 in 5) Risk for strong to severe thunderstorms has also been issued by the Storm Prediction Center for our area for the same time period.

The Forecast:

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 72. East wind 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
A slight chance of showers before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 1pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 74. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Wednesday Night
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 59. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 20 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 48.
Sunny, with a high near 72.
Friday Night
Clear, with a low around 46.
The Weekend
Mostly sunny days and clear nights with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s with overnight lows in the mid to upper 50s.

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Topping the News:

Moundville Police Chief Toby Banks will meet with parents of children enrolled at Moundville Methodist Daycare Center. The meeting comes in the wake the arrest of Michael Cobb and Breana Hope Lee who have been charged with Obstruction of Government Operations and Failure to Report Abuse. Charges are pending against at least one other employee.

21-year-old Haley Kaitlyn Reach and 22-year-old Seth Alexander Morgan been charged with a handful of felonies after investigators reportedly discovered evidence of longtime sexual abuse of their children in McCalla. The arrests come after their children were reported missing last week and Reach reportedly fleeing an attempted traffic stop by a Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy. The children are in state custody.

In another child abuse incident, Michael Cobb and Breana Hope Lee have been charged with Obstruction of Governmental Operations and Failure to Report Abuse in Moundville.  The pair, a pastor and daycare director at Moundville Methodist Daycare. Charges are pending against one of the two employees who was fired. The center has shut down in agreement with a request by authorities.

A juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound showed up at DCH Regional Medical Center around 3 p.m., triggering a soft lockdown at the hospital. The wounds are considered non-life threatening. The incident is under investigation. More information is expected later.

62-year-old Scotty Hyche was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Pleasantville Road, four miles north of Parrish in Walker County. The Oakman resident's pickup left the road and struck two trees.

Tuscaloosa City Council President Kip Tyner is expected to address the continuing violence in Tuscaloosa that has led to multiple shootings and fatalities. After two shootings, one fatal, Sunday Tyner voiced his frustrations.

Amidst a major push by the United Auto Workers to unionize the Vance Mercedes plant and other state non-union automakers, Alabama has become the nation's top auto exporting state.

Alabama exports vehicle to 78 countries and according to figures released by the Alabama Department of Commerce, internation shipments for 2023 topped $11.2 billion dollars. That is up 45% from 2021.

The Tuscaloosa County Mercedes-Benz plant is the top exporter followed by Honda in Talladega County, Hyundai in Montgomery and Mazda-Toyoda in Huntsville.

A Tuscaloosa County man who died in an all-terrain vehicle wreck late last month was responsible for the accident, Alabama State Troopers said in a Monday morning update.

The deceased, Richard L. Hudson was riding a Coolster four-wheeler ATV on March 29th when he collided with a Ford Escape that was being driven by a 31-year-old Gordo woman.

Troopers said Hudson was not wearing a helmet, did not survive the crash.


West Alabama Works will host the sixth annual WOW 2.0 event on April 10, from 9am-1pm on the campus of Shelton State Community College. Some 400 seniors from Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Sumter and Tuscaloosa will attend the event in search of employment opportunities following graduation.

Northport Medical Center is hosting a Teddy Bear and Doll Clinic for Flatwoods Elementary first graders today from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Women’s Pavilion on the hospital campus.

Students will bring a stuffed animal to the hospital for treatment. The purpose of the teddy bear and doll clinic is to educate and familiarize young children with the medical environment so they can be more comfortable with going to the doctor or to the hospital for treatment. Students will also learn basic first aid.

Northstar Emergency Medical Services will also be on hand to show students what to expect should they ever have to come to the hospital in an ambulance.

Flatwoods Elementary is the Adopt-A-School partner of Northport Medical Center.

Topping Sports News:

It looks like it was Alabama that played the toughest game against the now NCAA Champion UConn. The Huskies dominated Purdue 75-60 in Phoenix last night in the title contest. The Tide lost by 13 to UConn in the Final Four.

There is relief in T-Town this morning. John Calipari bolting from Kentucky to Arkansas put Bama Coach Nate Oats high on the list of a potential successor according to media across the country. However, Oats issued a statement on social media last night saying he is committed to his team and UA.

Have a Terrific Tuesday and stay dry!

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