Heavy storms cause wind damage in parts of the Valley Saturday

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TENNESSEE VALLEY– A front positioned across north Alabama combined with extreme heat and humidity was all it took to ignite powerful summertime storms Saturday afternoon and evening.

The strongest storms occurred in eastern Madison, northern Marshall and southern Lincoln County. Severe thunderstorm warnings were posted by the National Weather Service in Huntsville because the storms were capable of producing hail and strong, gusty winds.

Several WHNT News 19 viewers reported hail in parts of Madison County between 6 and 7 p.m. One report published by the National Weather Service in Huntsville said half dollar-sized hail (1.25 inches) was reported in Moores Mill.

Wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour were reported in Fayetteville just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Other strong gusts of wind knocked down several trees onto power lines in parts of Madison County.

A flash flood warning was in effect for eastern Madison County for much of Saturday evening. Radar estimates of well over two inches of rain were noted near Gurley.

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