Several rounds of severe weather could affect Chilton CountyBy Emily Etheredge Published 2:55pm Monday, April 28, 2014
Several rounds of severe weather could affect Chilton County through Wednesday morning.
“The potential for everything including flash flooding, straight line winds, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes is definitely a possibility for Chilton County,” said meteorologist Jim Stefkovich with the National Weather Service in Calera. “The greatest chance for that to hit Chilton County would be between 8-10 p.m. on Monday. Then, we are expecting another round of storms on Tuesday afternoon.”
The NWS issued on Monday a 72-hour precipitation forecast indicating that Chilton County could see between 4-5 inches of rain lasting until 1 a.m. Thursday.
“We are asking people to be weather aware,” Stefkovich said.
The forecast for Tuesday morning in Chilton County indicates a 90 percent chance of precipitation with showers and thunderstorms possible.
Stefkovich said showers and thunderstorms are likely Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening with a 70-percent chance of rain.
There is a slight chance of thunderstorms Wednesday morning, but the rain should taper off throughout the day with a 40-percent chance of rain.
Stefkovich addressed a recent issue with the National Weather Service’s Birmingham-area weather radio transmitters not functioning properly.
“We are still having some issues, and the transmitter is working at a lower power,” Stefkovich said. “For folks in the Chilton County area using a weather radio who normally use the Birmingham frequency of 162.550 MHz, they might want to switch the frequency to Selma at 162.450 MHz or Montgomery at 162.400 MHz.”
The frequency affects individuals using weather radios tuned into Birmingham’s frequency for severe weather warnings.
Stefkovich said individuals can reference the NWS website at www.srh.noaa.gov or also receive emergency weather warnings in cases of severe weather on different cell phone apps.
For those living in Chilton County, Chilton County E-911 posts frequent updates of weather warnings and road closings at wwwChilton911.org.
Currently, there are eight storm shelters in Chilton County that will be open during the event of severe weather.
In Chilton County, when the National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning, the shelters are unlocked by one of the five people responsible for each particular shelter but do not have to be manned.
When a tornado warning is in effect for the county, the shelters are then manned and a log is kept of who is entering each shelter.
The log serves as a way to have a record of who was in the shelter in case people end up missing.
Below is a list of the eight shelters:
•Clanton City Hall, 505 Second Ave. N. Clanton.
•Verbena Fire Station, 3885 U.S. Highway 31.
•Maplesville, 120 Railroad St., Maplesville.
•Enterprise Fire Station, 6162 County Road 24, Verbena.
•West Chilton Fire Station, 2678 County Road 42, Jemison.
•Union Grove Fire Station, 11638 County Road 51, Jemison.
•East Chilton Fire Station, 5640 County Road 28, Clanton.
•Higgins Ferry, 11019 County Road 28.