Storm damage in Cullman County

Storm damage at Walker Building Supply in Cullman County (photo source Ty Watwood, WBRC)
Storm damage at Walker Building Supply in Cullman County (photo source Ty Watwood, WBRC)

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - Severe weather was to blame for several areas of damage in Cullman County on Saturday, forcing emergency managers to open shelters.

The Cullman County Emergency Management Agency said two businesses, including Walker Building Supply, were damaged on Highway 31 in Hanceville Emergency managers said a possible tornado also caused damage in the Welti community on county road 747 between Welti and Baileytown.  Cullman County EMA Director Phyllis Little said several structures were damaged by trees and winds, including chicken houses blown across the road at Highway 639.  They also reported lots of downed trees and power lines, flooding and power outages.

Cullman Chief of Police, Kenny Culpepper, reported street flooding at Hart Drive and Boltee Road and a downed tree blocking the road on Young Street.

Good Hope Mayor Corey Harbison said there was some wind damage and several flooding issues in town, but did not believe the damage was caused by a tornado.

Shelters opened to the public Saturday included the Cullman County Courthouse in Cullman, Vinemont-Providence Fire Department (Stations 1 and 2,) the city of Hanceville library, Garden City, and town hall at Good Hope.

The storms were part of a larger storm system that caused tornadoes across much of the southeastern United States on Saturday. Tornadoes killed 10 people in and caused heavy damage in parts of Yazoo City, Miss., and was responsible for damage in 15 other counties across that state.

In Alabama, tornado damage was reported in the west Alabama town of Ward in Sumter County.  No one was hurt in that storm.  Strong storms also caused flash flooding in portions of Birmingham and Jefferson County and knocked a few trees and power lines down in a several areas across Alabama.

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