MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Storms and heavy rain moved through Mobile Saturday morning, leaving behind down trees and power lines in some areas.
At one point, an estimated 4,600 homes in Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland were without power. Storms brought heavy rain, damaging winds, and lightning to many parts of the Mobile area. In Mobile, trees came toppling down on homes and in the roadways. Crews worked to remove trees from Cottage Hill Road, Martin Luther King Junior Avenue and Lawrence Street.
via Severe weather leaves damage across Mobile | WPMI.
Strong to severe storms were moving through Alabama on Saturday, and a tornado watch was in effect.
Several tornado warnings have been issued this morning, and sporadic damage reports have come in to the National Weather Service offices in Alabama.
via Severe storms roll through Alabama | AL.com.
When U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne chatted with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley during President-elect Donald Trump’s rally in Mobile last month, the topic of the open Senate seat came up.
“I said, ‘Governor, I’m the only person in Ladd-Peebles Stadium today who is not trying to be the United States senator,” Byrne said he jokingly told Bentley, his former political rival.
via Bradley Byrne has ‘no intention’ to run for Senate, but what about governor? | AL.com.
Alabama’s legislature begins February 7th.
The debate over conceal carry is already raging.
A new president, a new administration and even in Montgomery some say the political climate is just right for repealing the state’s requirement for a permit to “conceal carry” a firearm.
via Alabama: bill proposed to repeal conceal carry law | WPMI.
Fairhope Brewing Company is celebrating its 4th anniversary on Saturday, January 21st at 2 P.M.
They’re ready to break records with almost forty handcrafted beers offered– the most they’ve ever offered on tap.
via Fairhope Brewing Company celebrates 4th anniversary. | WPMI.
Spring-like days in January may be enjoyable to for a stroll outside, but to a gardener, it can create worry. If we get one cold snap in the weeks ahead, that could be enough to destroy spring blooms. We went to Bellingrath Gardens to learn some of the secrets used to keep the gardens beautiful this winter.
via Warm Winter Days may bring Earlier Spring Blooms.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations office in Mobile got a routine visit from FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday morning, according to Special Agent David Furman.
“Director Comey makes it a point to try and visit every FBI field office on a periodic basis and we just happened to be in the rotation,” said Furman.
via FBI Director James Comey pays a visit to the Mobile field office | AL.com.
It’s felt like spring this week in Alabama, and that will bring a chance of spring-like severe weather.
There will be two rounds of storms possible this week, the first on Thursday and a second, possibly more substantial threat over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has put much of Alabama under a marginal risk of severe weather for Thursday.
via Severe weather possible 2 times this week | AL.com.
It’ll be a day for America to celebrate. Preparations in Washington are underway as the 45th president is set to be inaugurated.
President Elect Donald Trump loves Alabama and the feeling is mutual for those who volunteered on his campaign, like Gayle and Grady Hart of Gulf Shores.
via Baldwin Couple Going to Inauguration | WPMI.
American Airlines is upgrading service to Mobile Regional Airport, the Mobile Airport Authority announced Thursday, saying it is switching to bigger aircraft with more seats and more amenities.
The changes announced Thursday apply to direct routes to Dallas-Fort Worth and Charlotte, N.C.
via American Airlines expanding service at Mobile Regional Airport | AL.com.
On the 1982 song, “I Heard I Was in Town,” Jimmy Buffett sings about walking the streets of his former stomping grounds. On a recent trip to Mobile, the renowned singer-songwriter was caught bringing the words of his song to life, stopping into the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile on Thursday afternoon for an impromptu chat with fans.
via Why was Jimmy Buffett in Mobile today? | AL.com.
Alabama will begin to come out its deep freeze today.
Temperatures are expected to warm into the 40s and 50s this afternoon under sunny skies after hovering in the 20s and 30s all weekend.
via 70s by Wednesday? Warmup begins today in Alabama | AL.com.
Wildlife food plots in Alabama have suffered because of the recent drought and some hunters are trying to increase their chances of harvesting a deer by disregarding a long-standing law. Hunting game over bait is illegal in Alabama, but the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources continues to receive calls asking if the law has changed. “There is a rumor being passed around that we’re allowing hunting over bait because of the drought, and that is absolutely not true,” said Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes.
via Hunting Over Bait Still Illegal in Alabama | Outdoor Alabama.
But it is a message. Not just to Wiggins and Hayes, but to judges all over Alabama.
If you are going to put profits over basic American rights, you are going to pay a price. Maybe not an equal price, and maybe not every time. But Alabama now sees you for who and what you are: the bad guy.
You can call yourself a judge, but you can’t call yourself just.
It’s clear as crystal now. And because of that – and all who have fought for those who cannot fight for themselves – Alabama is a better place.
via After ‘debtors’ prison,’ Alabama is a better place | AL.com.
The Oakland Raiders return to the NFL playoffs on Saturday for the first time since the 2002 season, a drought that would have been hard to imagine in the days when quarterback Ken Stabler led the Raiders.
via Ken Stabler plays prominent part in Oakland Raiders’ top 10 playoff moments | AL.com.
Flu season has arrived in Alabama.
The state is one of four nationwide that reported high rates of patients seeking treatment for flu-like illnesses at the end of 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Georgia, Arizona and Oklahoma also had high rates, with the rest of the country reporting moderate to minimal flu-like activity.
via Alabama one of four states with high rates of flu-like illness | AL.com.
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories covered a large part of Alabama on Friday morning, and light snow was already falling over northern parts of the state.
via Winter storm warning expanded in Alabama as snow starts to fall | AL.com.
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Three teenage robbery suspects led police on a chase from Foley to Mobile. At times, speeds reached more than a hundred miles per hour. What Foley Police didn’t know at the time is that the van the suspects were in was stolen.
via Mobile teens arrested after high speed chase – FOX10 News | WALA.
One person was injured in gulf shores when a strong wind storm moved through a section of the city. City spokesman Grant Brown says the individual suffered a broken leg.
No other injuries or deaths were reported, although the storm did some major damage to property.
via Storm Topples Trees & Signs, Prompts Zoo Rescue in Gulf Shores.
Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) crews have been busy since the start of 2017.
By Sunday afternoon, more than 450,000 gallons of sewer water had spilled into waterways throughout Mobile County, and with more severe weather Monday night, that number could climb even higher.
via Roughly Half Million Gallons of Sewage Spills into Mobile Waterways; More Expected.
Officials with the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores say it will be at least a week before it reopens after storm damage today.
The zoo, home to more than 500 exotic animals including lions, tigers, primates, leopards, bears and wolves, said no animals were harmed, and all workers are fine.
via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo closed for week after damage | AL.com.
A potent storm system will bring the risk of severe storms to Alabama today and tonight.
All of the state has some sort of severe weather risk, but the best chances of strong storms will be across parts of west, central and south Alabama this afternoon and tonight.
via Severe weather possible across Alabama today and tonight | AL.com.
Alabama vs. Clemson, Take 2. For the first time in the modern era, there will be a rematch for the national title when the Crimson Tide meets the Tigers for the second straight January.
via Alabama vs. Clemson: Rematch set for College Football Playoff Championship | AL.com.
There is new information on the Saraland police officer wounded in a shooting last week.
The city says Officer Jackie Tucker “continues to show signs of improvement with each passing day.”
The statement by the city continues to say, “Certainly these are not huge leaps like we would like. However, it is improvement, and she is a fighter.”
via Wounded Saraland police officer shows ‘signs of improvement’ – FOX10 News | WALA.
The clock is ticking on common-law marriages in Alabama.
Starting Jan. 1, 2017, the state of Alabama will no longer recognize any new common-law marriages. The unions entered into before Jan. 1, 2017 will still be valid.
via Common law marriage in Alabama ending Jan. 1, 2017 | AL.com.
Several Mobile and Baldwin County business owners who have been implicated in a federal fraud and money laundering scheme. It involved helping Chinese immigrants enter the country illegally. One Fairhope business owner has already pleaded guilty.
via Local business owners implicated in federal visa fraud scheme | WPMI.
A community continues to rally around Saraland Police Officer Jackie Tucker. She was shot in the head while responding to a domestic call last week. A close friend tells us she remains in a coma at USA Medical Center.
Tucker’s friend and fellow officer, LeighAnne Bush, visited Tucker on Christmas day and posted this update of her condition on Facebook:
via GoFundMe set up for critically injured Saraland police officer – FOX10 News | WALA.
The Gulf State Park project is beginning to peek over the fences along Perdido Beach Highway and from the elevation of the state park pier, a better sense of the footprint of the project.
Expected to open in 2018, it is just one of the major projects currently changing the view along the coastline.
via Construction Projects Changing the View at Baldwin Beaches.
One of Alabama’s fastest growing cities put a temporary halt Thursday on the development of large-scale subdivisions and apartment complexes.
The Fairhope City Council, with a unanimous vote, implemented a six-month moratorium on new subdivisions of four lots or more and new multi-family dwellings that eclipse three units.
via Fairhope, among Alabama’s fastest growing cities, approves temporary freeze on large developments | AL.com.
Troy capped off its most-successful season as an FBS school with a thrilling bowl victory in its home state on Friday night.
The Trojans forced five Ohio turnovers – converting three of them into touchdowns – to claim a 28-23 win before a crowd of 32,377 in the Dollar General Bowl at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Troy ends the season at 10-3, its first double-digit victory season since 2000, when it was a member of the Division I-AA Southland Conference.
via Troy forces five turnovers, beats Ohio 28-23 in Dollar General Bowl | AL.com.