March Storms

 ========= Old Image Removed =========Array
(
    [_wp_attached_file] => Array
        (
            [0] => 2007/03/weather.jpg
        )

    [_wp_attachment_metadata] => Array
        (
            [0] => a:5:{s:5:"width";i:1024;s:6:"height";i:679;s:4:"file";s:19:"2007/03/weather.jpg";s:5:"sizes";a:12:{s:6:"medium";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-336x223.jpg";s:5:"width";i:336;s:6:"height";i:223;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:5:"large";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-771x511.jpg";s:5:"width";i:771;s:6:"height";i:511;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:9:"thumbnail";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-140x140.jpg";s:5:"width";i:140;s:6:"height";i:140;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:12:"medium_large";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-768x509.jpg";s:5:"width";i:768;s:6:"height";i:509;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:9:"wbhm-icon";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:17:"weather-80x80.jpg";s:5:"width";i:80;s:6:"height";i:80;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:13:"wbhm-featured";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-800x450.jpg";s:5:"width";i:800;s:6:"height";i:450;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:20:"wbhm-featured-square";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-600x600.jpg";s:5:"width";i:600;s:6:"height";i:600;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:18:"wbhm-featured-home";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-469x311.jpg";s:5:"width";i:469;s:6:"height";i:311;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:22:"wbhm-featured-carousel";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-400x265.jpg";s:5:"width";i:400;s:6:"height";i:265;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:28:"ab-block-post-grid-landscape";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-600x400.jpg";s:5:"width";i:600;s:6:"height";i:400;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:25:"ab-block-post-grid-square";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-600x600.jpg";s:5:"width";i:600;s:6:"height";i:600;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}s:14:"post-thumbnail";a:4:{s:4:"file";s:19:"weather-125x125.jpg";s:5:"width";i:125;s:6:"height";i:125;s:9:"mime-type";s:10:"image/jpeg";}}s:10:"image_meta";a:12:{s:8:"aperture";s:1:"0";s:6:"credit";s:0:"";s:6:"camera";s:0:"";s:7:"caption";s:0:"";s:17:"created_timestamp";s:1:"0";s:9:"copyright";s:0:"";s:12:"focal_length";s:1:"0";s:3:"iso";s:1:"0";s:13:"shutter_speed";s:1:"0";s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:11:"orientation";s:1:"0";s:8:"keywords";a:0:{}}}
        )

    [_imagify_optimization_level] => Array
        (
            [0] => 1
        )

    [_imagify_data] => Array
        (
            [0] => a:2:{s:5:"stats";a:3:{s:13:"original_size";i:231207;s:14:"optimized_size";i:117123;s:7:"percent";d:49.340000000000003;}s:5:"sizes";a:10:{s:4:"full";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:47:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:61312;s:14:"optimized_size";i:25994;s:7:"percent";d:57.600000000000001;}s:9:"thumbnail";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:55:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather-140x140.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:4997;s:14:"optimized_size";i:3253;s:7:"percent";d:34.899999999999999;}s:6:"medium";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:55:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather-336x223.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:13314;s:14:"optimized_size";i:7674;s:7:"percent";d:42.359999999999999;}s:5:"large";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:55:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather-771x511.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:56940;s:14:"optimized_size";i:28303;s:7:"percent";d:50.289999999999999;}s:9:"wbhm-icon";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:53:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather-80x80.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:2415;s:14:"optimized_size";i:1756;s:7:"percent";d:27.289999999999999;}s:13:"wbhm-featured";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:55:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather-600x338.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:31267;s:14:"optimized_size";i:16098;s:7:"percent";d:48.509999999999998;}s:20:"wbhm-featured-square";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:55:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather-300x300.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:15383;s:14:"optimized_size";i:8533;s:7:"percent";d:44.530000000000001;}s:18:"wbhm-featured-home";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:55:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather-469x311.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:23574;s:14:"optimized_size";i:12780;s:7:"percent";d:45.789999999999999;}s:22:"wbhm-featured-carousel";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:55:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather-400x265.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:17777;s:14:"optimized_size";i:9977;s:7:"percent";d:43.880000000000003;}s:14:"post-thumbnail";a:5:{s:7:"success";b:1;s:8:"file_url";s:55:"https://news.wbhm.org/media/2007/03/weather-125x125.jpg";s:13:"original_size";i:4228;s:14:"optimized_size";i:2755;s:7:"percent";d:34.840000000000003;}}}
        )

    [_imagify_status] => Array
        (
            [0] => success
        )

)
1561425545 
1172793600

Recovery is underway across the state after a band of bad weather ripped through Alabama March 1st. The weather system, which spawned at least two apparent tornados (possibly more) in Alabama, is being blamed for 10 deaths. Eight of them high school students trapped inside Enterprise High School in Coffee County.

A weather service meteorologist says Enterprise High was right in the path of what turned out to be a “very bad storm”. The apparent tornado ripped off the roof of the high school, trapping students inside. The school had originally planned to release the teenagers early, but decided against that, thinking the students would be safer in the building than on buses headed home.

The same storm also caused major damage in downtown Enterprise. More than forty people were rushed to the town hospital for injuries received during the twister. One other Enterprise resident died in the tornado.

The other storm death (the tenth) happened in Miller’s Ferry in Wilcox County. There an apparent tornado uprooted trees, flipped over trailer homes and caused extensive damage. There are reports of a tornado also touching down in Adamsville, in Jefferson County, but that has yet to be confirmed. And no injuries have been reported there.

Late yesterday afternoon Governor Bob Riley declared a state of emergency for Alabama because of the severe weather. This paves the way for any state or federal aid needed in the rebuilding of the communities torn apart by the storms. The governor was expected to tour the damage in Enterprise Friday. President Bush visited the area Saturday.

Including the Alabama death toll, the band of storms is blamed for 20 deaths in the Midwest and Southeast. Nine people in Georgia died when the weather system moved into that state. Earlier in the day a seven-year-old Missouri girl died when a tornado ripped apart the mobile home she shared with her family in a rural, wooded part of Missouri.

Because of the severe weather WBHM was forced to interrupt its regular programming to bring you updates on warnings and watches. If there’s something you would like to listen to in its entirety you can find it at the show’s website.

 

 

What to know about Alabama abortion rights after SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to an abortion. Here’s what the decision means for the Gulf South region.

Alabama OKs $725M bond sale to build 2 supersize prisons

That money will be added to $135 million in state funds and $400 million in pandemic relief dollars that the state already agreed to put toward the project.

Britt wins tumultuous Alabama Senate race scrambled by Trump

Katie Britt won the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama Tuesday, defeating six-term Rep. Mo Brooks in a primary runoff after former President Donald Trump took the unusual step of rescinding his initial Brooks endorsement.

2022 Alabama primary runoff results

Republicans will be choosing between Katie Britt and Roy Moore as their nominee for U.S. Senate. Democrats will pick a nominee for governor between Yolonda Flowers and Malika Sanders-Fortier.

Police identify the victims from Thursday’s deadly church shooting in Vestavia Hills

Police say the suspect is a 71-year-old white male who occasionally attended the church. They haven’t released a motive but said he used a handgun.

More Environment Coverage