By David Palmer
The Cullman Times
A massive storm system is expected to arrive in Cullman County this afternoon, with destructive super cells running ahead of the squall line.
The system is expected to arrive after 3 p.m. and eventually make its way out of the by midnight, said Phyllis Little, Cullman County Emergency Management Agency director.
A super cell can pack large hail, tornadoes, heavy rainfall and damaging winds. Those cells can occur frequently ahead of the cold front moving in, Little said.
“We’re expecting the intensity to be at least as much as last night. People need to check their weather radios and be prepared to seek shelter immediately. The more the temperatures heat up the more intense the conditions can become,” Little said.
Emergency personnel are continuing efforts to clean up debris and assess damage across Cullman County. Areas of northeast Cullman County suffered the greatest damage but serious injuries have not been reported. Deputies reported a tornado on the ground along County Road 747 last night. Numerous homes and buidings were damaged and trees were toppled throughout the area. Damage was also reported in Welti along County Road 703 and across Cullman County.
Tuesday morning, the Cullman County Commission declared a state of emergency which allows the local government to have quicker access to resources and assistance through Alabama Emergency Mananagement Agency (EMA) and Federal Emergency Mananagement Agency (FEMA) .
The Cullman County District and Circuit Court system closed at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday due to the threat of severe weather.