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A block 5p 7-13-19

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A block 5p 7-13-19
A block 5p 7-13-19

A block 5p 7-13-19

Take a look at waay 31 stormtracker radar.

Lots of rain today across north alabama -- some of it calling for severe thunderstorm warnings.

Warnings were issued this afternoon in limestone -- morgan -- and dekalb counties.

Thanks for joining us.

I'm will robinson smith.

Waay 31 meteorologist rob elvington is tracking these storms and has more on what we have in store for us this weekend.

During today's severe weather -- some damage was reported.

Here are some of the damage reports we have so far... in morgan county -- power lines were downed at ford road & elbert self road in the danville area.

Then in dekalb county -- emergency management officials tell us a few trees had to be cleared off county road 27 between fort payne and sylvania.

For the last few hours -- our radar in hytop was having issues -- and we now know why.

It might be hard to believe -- but the national weather service in huntsville says an electrocuted raccoon caused it all!

The zap threw the radar into generator mode.

After replacing a part -- the power company was able to restore the radar back to normal.

The rocket city trash pandas had fun with it -- taking to twitter to say their fellow raccoon was quote: just trying to help.

To stay up to date on the latest on severe weather in your area -- download the waay 31 storm tracker weather app!

It allows you to keep track of conditions in your area down to the street level... it's free for all apple and android devices.

Barry - is now officially the first hurricane of the atlantic hurricane season after making landfall as a category 1 hurricane near intracoastal city, louisiana.

Barry has since weakened to a tropical storm - but officials say it remains a dangerous and powerful storm alabama is feeling barry's impact too.

Here's a look at road conditions in mobile -- where heavy rain downpoured onto the roadway, across louisiana, there are now more than customers without power.

Abc's elizabeth hur is in new orleans with the latest.

Barry making landfall - slamming into the central louisiana coast as a category one hurricane.

Gov: "i wanna caution everyone, this is just the beginning.

I ask everyone to stay vigilant the storm - now no longer a hurricane but authorities still warning - it is on the move - still packing punishing winds and torrential downpours.

Morgan city - hard it - with barry uprooting trees, damaging this home and crushing this car - and at its peak, knocking out power to the entire city saturday afternoon.

In terrebone parish - a levee there overtopped by the rising water - these horses, now rescued after becoming stranded.

Mike gauthier: "we saw how deep the water was on them, almost to their necks.

And the water's still rising so we had to get them out of there."

Another levee, this in myrtle grove, also overtopped - but this is not the mississippi river and according to officials, not a single levee has failed.

In new orleans - for the first time in history - all of the city's flood gates were closed ahead of the storm.

Wayne wilkinson: "so far it's been really nice.

It's been cool, a little breezy."

Some residents - now breathing a sigh of relief but the mayor stressing the danger isn't over yet.

New orleans mayor latoya cantrell: "we are not in any way out of the woods.

And we will continue to reiterate this today, tonight and into tomorrow."

On camera tag: and this is one of the ways the city is trying to keep everyone safe.

That is the river walk along the mississippi river here in the french quarter closed as a precaution again with barry still on the move elizabeth hur, abc news, new orleans.

Huntsville police are searching for three men who they say robbed a gas station clerk early this morning.

Investigators say the men went to the petrol south gas station on university drive west of pulaski pike around 1:20 this morning.

The men were reportedly armed with guns and had their faces covered.

Police say the clerk handed them some cash before they ran off toward northwoods.

If you have any information on this robbery, call huntsville police.

Happening now.

Huntsville police need your help identifying a suspect in a forged check investigation.

Police say this man is the suspect in an investigation that includes more than 14 instances of forging checks.

Those add up to more than two- thousand dollars!

If you have any information -- call police at the number at the bottom of your screen.

A tennesee woman is dead after alabama state troopers say she was involved in a two-car wreck.

Troopers say summer walden was the passenger of a nissan maxima that hit a ford mustang friday evening.

The crash happened about 10 miles north of huntsville on butler road.

Walden was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the nissan and another passenger in that car were taken to the hospital.

The other driver was uninjured.

Down in cullman county, a motorcyclist was killed when he hit a honda accord.

33-year-old jonathan givens was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

State troopers said the driver of the honda was not injured.

The crash happened shortly before 11 friday night on cullman county 437.

That's about a mile west of cullman.

Troopers are still investigating that wreck.

You'll want to keep an eye on your speedometer next week.

Extra eyes will be on you while you're out on the road.

"operation southern shield" is multi-state initiative where law enforcement will crack down on speeding violations.

The southern shield covers alabama -- florida, georgia, south carolina, and tennessee.

Decatur police says they will be participating.

Is starts on monday -- and will run through sunday, july 21st.

New this evening.

In the last few hours, the moon landing celebration car show wrapped up at the space and rocket center.

Weather caused them to wrap things up early.

Cars built between 1945 and 1975 displayed were on display.

It's all part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the apollo 11 moon landing.

In fact, many of the drivers of these cars worked on the apollo missions.

Waay31s sierra phillips is live at the space and rocket center where heard their stories, sierra?

The celebration car show is just one of many events on the way to celebrate huntsville's connection to the moon landing.

I talked with people who brought their cars here today and who worked right here in huntsville on the apollo missions.

Owen- "just incredible being apart of that, especially right out of school, was just incredible."

Randy owen worked as an engineer on apollo missions 7 through 13.

He watched as his work help land the first astronauts on the moon.

Owen- "being apart of it, was so exciting."

5 months after those first steps on the moon, craig sumner started his nasa career here in huntsville.

Sumner- "here i am, 21 years old, 21 years old and wearing buzz aldrin's or jim lovell's training suit."

Fifty years after the moon landing the two are back here at the space and rocket center for a car show.

Sumner showcased the car he drove everyday to work.

He even drove a few astronauts in it.

Sumner- "charlie duke and jim irwin would be talking about 'if you hadn't cut me off at 10,000 feet i would've landed on the runway at redstone arsenal first' and i'd look at them as a 21 year old and say my gosh and you guys are going to the moon and you're up there clowning around in your jets."

The 96 cars at the show are all from the apollo era, many are owned by families who worked at the marshall space flight center during the apollo missions.

Money from the car show will help fund the space camp held at the space and rocket center.

Both sumner and owen hope both the car show and space camp will help inspire the next generation.

Owen- "he told me he hopes to get into this type of field i told him to hang in there, the space industry has its up and downs, but hang in there."

There's more moon landing anniversary events coming up later today.

Tonight, the winner of the moon songwriting contest will perform at lowe mill.

There's more information on that concert and how to get tickets on our website waaytv.com reporting live in huntsville sierra phillips waay31 news.

Next week we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the apollo 11 moon landing!

Waay 31 is paying tribute to that moment in history!

On july 15th and 19th - we'll be live for a special look back on apollo 11 -- the moments leading up to its launch and its big connection to huntsville - as well as looking towards the future.

Both of those specials will air at 6:30 pm -- right here on waay 31!

Traffic alert.

In jackson county -- part of alabama 71 will be shut down next weekend for road work.

The closure will stretch from county road 99 to county road 697 -- just north of flat rock.

It's so workers can repair a pipe.

That closure starts 6 p-m friday, july 19th -- and will last until 6 a-m monday july 22nd.

Another traffic alert -- this one out of limestone county.

Crews are closing a road to replace a culvert.

Starting monday morning at 8 -- barnes road just south of the tennessee line will be closed.

You're asked to avoid the area.

Happening now.

If you live in decatur -- you'll have to wait a few days before you can pay your utility bill online.

Throughout the weekend -- decatur utilities website will be transitioning into a new system.

During the switch -- kiosks will be unavailable... so will online and phone payments.

All those features come back on monday -- except for the drive-thru kiosk at their building ... which won't be available until july 22nd.

Another website that affects people in our area is going through changes.

The alabama department of veterans affairs just re- launched its newly designed website!

Veterans affairs officials says its new design is easier to navigate... and it provides "easier access to resources to help veterans."

It also has some new features -- like links to social media -- and a "frequently asked questions" page to help veterans with what they need.

A heated battle at the border -- being waged across the country... see the nationwide protests over conditions for migrant

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