- Cullman, Alabama

April 5, 2014

Strong storms, gusting winds possible

By David Palmer
The Cullman Times

— The arrival of spring temperatures is ushering in the potential for severe weather across north Alabama.

Friday morning’s expected weather problems never materialized into anything more than a few brief power outages in the county. But Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning appears to bring a bit more concern for Cullman County, said Phyllis Little, director of Cullman County Emergency Management Agency.

“Our last update shows a cold front from the west and southwest moving into the area Sunday afternoon and finally passing through by Monday morning,” Little said. “The National Weather Service briefing says the main threat is gusting winds and possibly heavy rains at time. And of course you can’t rule out the possibility of tornadoes under those conditions.”

According to the weather service, the chance of rain is 70 percent Sunday afternoon and 90 percent during the evening hours.

If a tornado watch is issued by the weather service, Little said area storm shelters will be opened across the county.

“I know there were issues to the northwest of Cullman, but even when this last front reached Alabama it was beginning to break apart. There seems to be a little more concern about the front expected this weekend,” Little said.

Early Friday morning caused some scattered but minor problems for Cullman Electric Cooperative customers. Spokesman Brian Lacy said several small outages occurred but were repaired quickly. He said the largest outage was in the Holly Pond area when a power pole snapped, but he said he was not certain weather conditions actually caused the damage.

“A few hundred customers lost power from that incident, but power restored in just a few hours,” Lacy said.

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