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March 18, 2013

Storm damage widespread; eyewitness reports in Good Hope, Hanceville

CULLMAN — A powerful afternoon storm raced across Cullman County, downing trees and power lines and damaging some structures. Eyewitness reports of damage have been received from officials in Good Hope and Hanceville.

Emergency Management Agency officials are still assessing the damage, which was first reported in Crane Hill and later spread into Holly Pond.

Numerous county roads were reported blocked by trees and power lines. Power outages were also reported in the county. In Good Hope, Mayor Corey Harbison confirmed damage at a Shell station along U.S. 69 as well as some other structures in the area. He also reported trees and power lines had been damaged in the storm.

Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail said trees and power lines were down in several areas of the town.

There were no reports of injuries, but EMA director Phyllis Little said damage ranged across Good Hope, Hanceville, Smith Lake, Spring Hill, Crane Hill, Logan, Berlin and Holly Pond.

County school superintendent Billy Coleman said school buses were held up as the storm intensified. Students at many schools remained in place until the storm passed. The buses are now running their routes.

“We will get the children home, but we’re concerned about the number of trees and power lines down. We may have to make some detours, but we will get the kids home,” Coleman said.

In Good Hope, Mayor Corey Harbison confirmed damage at a Shell station along U.S. 69 as well as some other structures in the area. He also reported trees and power lines had been damaged in the storm.

Anyone beginning to travel should be cautious as emergency crews are working in all areas of the county to clear roads.

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