From Stankey Field at the University of South Alabama to a pet store on Hillcrest Road in Mobile, city hall in Orange Beach, to businesses at The Wharf.
Orange Beach resident Blake Michaelski couldn’t stand by and watch what was happening in his hometown of Denham Springs, La., in the wake of the recent floods, so he took action. Through a couple of Facebook posts and word on the street, Michaelski called upon the people of Orange Beach to rally with him to aid the flood-ravaged Denham Springs.
A Baldwin County man is trying to help flood victims in Louisiana.
Orange Beach resident Blake Michaleski has been collecting donations. He originally started to help his family.
“My parents, they had to evacuate their house and my sister had to evacuate her house,” said Michaleski. “I knew they wouldn’t have anything. They had to grab what they could and go and my sister, they lost everything.”
Heavy rain and thunderstorms moved across the Mobile and Baldwin County areas this week, as a slow moving low pressure disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico moved across the region.
On a typical day for sheriff deputy Eric Alexander, beach patrol is no different than any other duty. But when people don’t adhere to the beach warnings, that’s when a normal day turns into a scary one.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Some areas of Baldwin County experienced flooding Wednesday after afternoon heavy downpours. Officials with the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency report as of 5 p.m., the following roads are no longer covered with water:
GULF SHORES, ALA. (WPMI) — Big waves greeted beach goers from near and far at Gulf Shores beach.
“We’re just out enjoying this and all the waves and looking at them,” Alisa Mayo said.
Mobile County was pounded by rain on Wednesday. There was some minor flooding along the roadways and in store parking lots, but what really caught attention was a big waterspout off Dauphin Island, and it was all caught on camera.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - As the rain came down, the water started to rise. Highway 32 near Summerdale was one of many roadways covered in water.
It was enough to activate the Baldwin County Emergency Operations Center.
“At this time we are operating at a staff level. We have backup if we need to increase depending on the storm level. As we receive information about the roads under water, we are passing that information on to our Baldwin Rural Transit and our highway department making sure they know where those trouble spots are,” said Reggie Chitwood, Baldwin County EMA Director.
Most folks would say all this wet weather is for the birds. Beach chairs are empty. The only umbrellas are trying to keep the rain off.
But off in the distance, along the crashing waves, Al Potere was determined to finish his walk. He may not have been the only one on the beach but he was close. “It’s the longest sustained wet weather I’ve had here in a while. It’s okay. You get what you can out of it.”
The National Weather Service is reporting that nearly five to six inches of rain has fallen in the area of highway 98 in Baldwin County.
A flash flood advisory was issued by the NWS around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.
Fort Pickens Closed
There were lot of disappointed folks on Pensacola beach Tuesday because they wanted to go to to Fort Pickens and the road was closed. The National Park Service was forced to close it even with just the mere threat of severe weather. Last November a similar system flooded out the road stranding people at the campground for days.
With the forecast calling for periods of moderate to heavy rains through Friday, August 12, 2016, a flash flood watch is in effect for Mobile and Baldwin counties. Much of that rain could be along the coast and the city of Gulf Shores wants residents to be prepared.
Baldwin County EMA officials met Tuesday afternoon to get cities up and down the Eastern Shore on the same page, urging them to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
WEAR-TV — Monday’s rain will likely set the stage for flooding mid-week through Saturday.
The work week starts off with a 70% chance for rain.
A few storms are possible for the first half of the day with a much better chance in the afternoon.
Expect 1/2″ to 3/4″ of rain during the day.
The National Hurricane Center was watching two tropical waves near the U.S. on Sunday morning, and one had the potential to bring significant rainfall to the Gulf Coast and inland areas in Alabama this week.
That disturbance had an associated area of weak low pressure that the hurricane center said had moved inland near Cross City, Fla., on Sunday morning.
A Florida beach vendor was killed this weekend after being struck by lightning, according to the Panama City News Herald.
The victim was identified by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office as Zachary Fordem.
The 22-year-old was working on the Okaloosa Island beach near the Island Princess condominium on Friday when he was struck at approximately 3:26 p.m.
Officials say 22-year-old Zachary Fordem of Freeport died Friday afternoon after being struck by lightning while working as a beach umbrella attendant in front of the Island Princess Condominiums.
Emergency responders were called to a condo on Santa Rosa Boulevard around 3:11 p.m. after receiving calls of bystanders performing CPR on the young man.
The National Hurricane Center on Saturday continued to monitor an area in the northern Gulf of Mexico that could douse parts of Florida and Alabama with several inches of rain over the next week.
Could it turn into a tropical depression or storm? The hurricane center put the odds of that at 30 percent over five days.
Morning and midday thunderstorms dumped excessive rainfall and lightning cracked across the land. One weather station in Pensacola reported more than 4 inches of rain. That station is a WEAR-TV WeatherNet site at N.B. Cook Elementary School in the East Hill neighborhood of Pensacola.
MIAMI – Forecasters continue to say a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean Sea will continue to strengthen as it moves westward at a fast pace and could become a tropical depression on Aug. 1.
Current path predictions have the disturbance headed toward the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.
Brilliant lightning, thunder, along with torrential rain as heavy storms headed north from the gulf.
Her name is “Lucky” and according to Robert Brunker, she definitely is. “I looked over in that field and saw that puppy running around in circles on his front paws, not on his back paws. He could not get his back feet underneath him. I knew he was having a heat stroke.”
She’s fine now but that incident started a feud of sorts with his neighbor. Brunker claiming animal cruelty. “It wasn’t one time but it happened two or three times a week. If I hadn’t been there that other puppy would have died.”
Monday may feel like the longest day of the week, but this Monday will actually be the longest day of the year.
That is, it will have the most daylight of the year.
Monday, June 20, is the summer solstice, the day on the calendar with the most daylight for those in the Northern Hemisphere.
Here a few things to know as we begin what many consider the first day of summer.
FOX10 News continues to watch the effects of growth in Baldwin County. Officials want to make sure new residents are prepared should a hurricane hit. That’s one reason why officials in Gulf Shores held a Hurricane Expo Thursday.
It’s been about ten years since a major hurricane hit Baldwin County. But the population has grown rapidly over those years.
A tropical storm in the gulf means only one thing to Billy Sheppard. While Colin was developing in the gulf, Sheppard was planning on heading east too. “I got off work at 7 this morning. I’m a fireman in Biloxi. Loaded up, boom! Here we go. Good trip.”
Tropical Storm Colin took aim for Florida late Sunday, bringing with it waves of rain, strong winds, flooding and even the threat of tornadoes as the National Weather Service issued a round of flood watches and storm warnings.
The National Hurricane Center on Sunday said that a tropical disturbance over the Yucatan Peninsula is likely to become a tropical depression or storm by tonight or Monday as it heads toward Florida.
It looks like the Gulf could get its first tropical depression or storm in a while.
The National Hurricane Center raised the chances a tropical depression would form in the next five days to 80 percent and said the system could track into Florida by next week.
It hasn’t even formed yet, but the National Hurricane Center has already pegged the Gulf of Mexico as the breeding ground for what could be a new tropical disturbance.
The hurricane center on Thursday afternoon raised the chances to “medium” — or 40 percent — that a developing area of low pressure could organize into a tropical depression or storm over the next five days.