- Cullman, Alabama

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April 28, 2014

As tornadoes hit Miss., Cullman waits for storms to arrive

CULLMAN — Three years and one day after a deadly outbreak of tornadoes devastated portions of Alabama, the wait and anxiety over a massive storm system continues across the northern sector of the state.

A massive, quarter-mile-wide tornado tore through a section of Tupelo just hours ago and lumbered into Northwest Alabama, causing light damage before peeling off toward Athens.

Cullman County Emergency Management Agency officials are still anticipating rough weather for the immediate area beginning around 7 p.m.

“Some of these storms are weakening for a short time and then ramp back up in all this moisture and heat,” said Phyllis Little, Cullman County EMA director.

Nearby, portions of Lawrence and Limestone counties were under tornado warnings. Little said the storm has been moving slowly across the region but packs dangerous potential as the evening hours approach.

The dew point locally was at 70, with temperatures within a few degrees of that number.

“That’s never a good mix when those two numbers are close together,” Little said.

Cullman County remains under a tornado watch. EMA officials are monitoring the progress of the storm and will continue to issue updates through the evening.

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