Sudden winds cause damage in Central Alabama

Sudden winds cause damage in Central Alabama

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A tree rests on a damaged house in Tuscaloosa. (Photo: Kelvin Reynolds) A tree rests on a damaged house in Tuscaloosa. (Photo: Kelvin Reynolds)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The FOX6 StormWarn team says a sudden wake low created damaging high winds that blew through Central Alabama overnight.

"On some occasions, small regions of low pressure can develop in the wake of an area of rain. These lows pressure regions materialize when air sinks or subsides behind the departing rain. This sinking air warms and this warming process can strengthen the "wake low". As a result, when atmospheric pressure rapidly decreases (low pressure) the wind speeds will rapidly increase. One indicator of the sinking air last night was a slight rise in temperature in Tuscaloosa as winds gusted to 49 mph," said FOX6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt.

A west Birmingham apartment complex suffered damage after the windy weather blew through, last night. Winds were so strong, they blew off a temporary roof at the Princeton Apartments on 14th Street. The temporary roof was up while the main one was being repaired. No injuries were reported.

The wind in Tuscaloosa blew down trees, signs and newspaper stands. The windy weather is also blamed for power outages that are still being repaired this morning. Alabama power says there were 17,000 outages statewide last night. 4200 are still without power this morning; 2700 are in the Birmingham area; 1,100 are in the Tuscaloosa area.

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