Weather turns rough in county

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 7, 2003

A flash flood watch and thunderstorms didn't deter 17 Pike countians from attending Storm Spotter training in Troy Monday night.

The training, conducted by National Weather Service - Birmingham's warning coordination meteorologist Brian Peters, was held at Troy Fire Dept.'s Station 2, was aimed at developing a corps of people who can feed the Weather Service information on the formation and severity of storms.

Pike County remained under a flash flood watch much of Monday and into this morning, but Pike County emergency manager Larry Davis said the county so far has been spared significant damage.

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"Pike County is very fortunate in that we're not very subject to flooding. We have two houses near the Coffee County line that are subject to flooding, but the biggest problem is damage to roads, culverts and bridges," he said.

He said nickel- and dime-sized hail was reported in Brundidge during a severe thunderstorm around 3:30 p.m Monday.

The Weather Service reported that a weather pattern line moved south late Sunday night and into early Monday morning causing showers and storms that moved from west to east along the line.

Meteorologists said Sumter and Greene counties in west central Alabama received 10" of rain overnight Sunday that resulted in flash flooding early Monday morning and at least one fatality.

Short-term flooding occurred from Selma to Montgomery to Russell County after a series of repeated rainfall, which left 2.5-3" of rain.

Some isolated areas received 4-5".

The Troy area received 2-2.5" of rain Sunday and Monday while Greenville received 4-5".

Continued rainfall was expected for Monday night and Tuesday as the storm system crosses Pike County.

Because several more inches are expected, the Weather Service issued flash flood watches from Mobile to Eufala and then north through Marion and Cherokee counties.

The same line of storms, which has traveled south, is expected to gradually turn north.

The Weather Service expected to see significant flooding Monday night in some of the watch area.