Strong storms produce wind damage in Madison, Jackson Counties Saturday afternoon

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RYLAND, Ala. - Intense, slow-moving summertime storms pounded parts of Madison County Saturday afternoon.

Around 2:15 p.m., a thunderstorm began developing near Meridianville and quickly became very strong when it got to northeast Huntsville and near Chase. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued around 2:20 p.m. Storms knocked out power to several homes in Madison County.

Several WHNT News 19 viewers sent in pictures of wind damage and small hail from the Ryland and Chase areas. Radar estimates show nearly three inches of rain fell in this area. An areal flood warning was issued for Lawrence and Colbert Counties, where radar shows up to five inches of rain may have fallen in the slow-moving storms.

The wind gusted to 43 miles per hour at WHNT News 19 in Downtown Huntsville at 2:43 p.m.

The chance of showers and storms will diminish quickly Saturday evening.

The focus now becomes the excessive heat building into the area next week; afternoon highs may top 100 degrees for several days in a row.