Central Alabama experiences heavy rain and lightning, avoids severe weather

Fortunately for the majority of Central Alabama, the storms moving southward through the state Thursday night didn't pose any real threat to the ABC 33/40 viewing area.

Heavy rain accompanied by lightning and gusty winds were experienced briefly in the Birmingham metro area, but none of the storms were considered severe.

Shortly after the storms passed through the city, colorful cloud formations developed in the sky, and some members of James Spann's Twitter army at Regions Field for tonight's Birmingham Barons game sent in some incredible pictures. Spann explains the reason for the yellowish clouds here.

Photo sent to James Spann of the yellow cloud formations over downtown Birmingham following a heavy rainstorm Thursday night. (@Ronnie_Hagood)

Below is the latest update from Spann and the weather team on the Weather Blog:

8:42 p.m. -- "Our line of storms has filled in a bit over the past hour.

"They are nearly solid from eastern Tuscaloosa across Bibb, much of Shelby into Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties.

"Good bit of lightning, gusty winds and heavy rains with the stronger cells, but none of the storms in Alabama are severe. The storm just west of the Alabama/Mississippi border over Noxubee County MS is still severe.

"The storms will continue pushing southward over the next couple of hours.

"A large tree was uprooted northwest of Sylvan Springs, along AL-269 at Little River Trail."