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April 4, 2011

County, city schools to dismiss early due to inclement weather

Severe storm expected this afternoon

Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) officials are expecting a line of severe thunderstorms to arrive in the county around 3 p.m. today.

EMA director Phyllis Little said that the system approaching Cullman will bring damaging winds capable of reaching 60 to 80 mph, possible tornadic activity, incredible amounts of lightening,  and large hail as it passes through the area.

The same storm system passed though the western portion of the United States late last week and earlier this week with reports of larger than quarter-sized hail stones falling in its wake in some areas.

Little said that area residents should remain vigilant as the system, which is reportedly moving very swiftly, moves in taking measures to secure property and making arrangements for shelter.

Cullman County Schools will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. so that students can be safely bussed home before the storms arrive and all after school programs have been canceled, according to officials. The Cullman County Board of Education has also canceled a community meeting scheduled to take place tonight in Hanceville. The meeting will be rescheduled sometime after spring break, officials say.

Cullman City Schools will close one hour earlier than scheduled today, due to the threat of inclement weather. All after-school activities have also been canceled.

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