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Preston produces WHNT NEWS 19 at 6:00 on weeknights. He's a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers.


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  • Flood Warning

    Valleywx.com: Morning flooding possible

    HUNTSTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Showers are moving through the Tennessee Valley bringing heavy rain and a lot of lightning. Meteorologist Ben Smith says the storms are not expected to be severe in nature.  Ben also says this will not be an all-day rain event. Click here for the latest radar image.    

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    Family of five escapes house fire in Athens; home destroyed

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A family of five is without a home after an overnight fire in Athens. Crews responded to the home on the 500 block of 1st Street around 12:30 a.m.  Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of the home.  Police blocked off several streets while crews battled the fire. The homeowner, Andrew Hammonds, was in his bedroom when he says he heard a popping sound.  He says he could feel the fire through the […]

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    Surprise! Huntsville homeowner finds an uninvited guest in his backyard

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – He went out to grab a smoke and found out, to his surprise, he was not alone. A Huntsville homeowner called 911 after finding what he described as an alligator in his backyard.  David Shupe says he was outside smoking around 3:45 a.m. when his dog started barking.  Shupe went to investigate and found the 18-inch reptile in his yard.  Shupe says he ran back inside to call 911 after the animal hissed at him. The […]

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    Power back on after widespread outage in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Crews have restored power following a widespread outage in Madison. Police say crews responded to two substations to get the power turned back on. Police sent an alert just after 7 a.m. indicating power had been restored. Huntsville Utilities said the initial outage, at the 543 Jetport substation, happened because of equipment failure. The following power failure at the Gillespie substation was due to a squirrel.

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    Huntsville Utilities work to impact roads in the Rocket City

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Crews with Huntsville Utilities will be doing work in several places that will impact roads in the Rocket City. Here’s a look at the roads affected: Meridian Street – Closed between Hollow Road and Whitestone Drive (water service line repairs) Whitesburg Drive – Four Mile Post Road and Bellingrath Drive (water service line repairs) Hobbs Road – one eastbound lane closed between Wellingburg Road and Chunn Road (fire hydrant installation) All closures are set to begin […]

  • Three Mercedes SUVs came off the tractor-trailer on University Drive around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. (Photo: David Schmidt/WHNT News 19)

    Update: 3 Mercedes-Benz SUV’s come off 18-wheeler hauling them on University Dr.

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A wreck involving a car carrier caused a major traffic issue at a high-traffic area on Wednesday morning. Traffic was down to one lane westbound on University Drive under Research Park Boulevard after a car carrier overturned, dumping three Mercedes-Benz SUV’s on the road. As of 10:30 a.m. the two outer westbound lanes on University were open. Police still urged drivers to use caution in the area. The wreck caused significant traffic backups starting at Research […]

  • AUSA Symposium

    An inside look at the AUSA Global Force Symposium & Exposition

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exposition is in full swing at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. An estimated 7,000 people are expected to attend the event which wraps up on Thursday. The goal is to provide an opportunity for Army command representatives and contractors to network and showcase their role in our nation’s defense. WHNT News 19’s Alexandra Carter reported live from the symposium this morning.  Check out the attached videos to watch her reports […]

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    Former soccer coach indicted on additional child pornography charges in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  WHNT News 19 has confirmed a Marshall County grand jury has indicted a former Guntersville High School volunteer soccer coach on child pornography charges. A source tells WHNT News 19 David Barrow has been indicted on the following charges: 25 counts of production of child pornography 1 count of possession of child pornography 1 count of aggravated criminal surveillance A judge has also increased Barrow’s bond from $2.5 to $3 million.  An arraignment is expected […]

  • HV Blue Plate Fire

    Blue Plate Cafe closed after minor kitchen fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Blue Plate Cafe is closed right now after a fire.  The cafe only sustained minor damage but will remain closed for the time being. Crews responded to the cafe on Governors Drive shortly after 6:30 a.m. The cafe’s extinguishing system was able to put the fire out before first responders arrived. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen.  No one was injured. It is unknown when the cafe will be back open.

  • Severe Weather Outlook March 31

    Valleywx.com: Above average rainfall for March; more on the way this week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We will finish March with a rainfall total above the average.  Huntsville now sits at 5.32 inches of rain for the month of March.  The average for this month is 5.21 inches and the rain is not done yet. You will likely need an umbrella if you are out and about this afternoon.  Rain is expected to fall in some parts of the Tennessee Valley after lunch time.      

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    Water service interruption planned for northern Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Crews with the Madison County Water Department are set to do work this morning that will likely impact residents in the northern part of the county. The work will cause a temporary interruption in water service for residents on the following streets: Charles Drive Lowe Road Sutton Drive Christine Lane Towering Acres Subdivision Gaines Street Beechwood Street Lois Drive Landing Circle Mandy Drive Cepha Drive Nix Road Bobo Road Limestone Road The work is scheduled […]

  • HV Pintail Road House Fire

    Huntsville firefighters say lightning likely to blame for early morning house fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Crews are on the scene of a house fire on the 3000 block of Pintail Road in south Huntsville. Five units responded to the fire.  The Huntsville Fire Department says the fire started just after 4:30 a.m. The owner was able to get out, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters say the fire started in the attic and they were able to contain it.  At this time, they believe lightning may have caused the fire.

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