‘Expect 3 rounds’: EMA director addresses Wednesday’s impending severe weather

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Phyllis Little updated the Cullman County Commission during its work session Tuesday afternoon on the severe weather expected in the Cullman area Wednesday through Thursday morning.

“Expect three rounds,” Little said. 

She explained that the first round is expected between 5-9 a.m., the second round between 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and round three between 7 p.m.-2 a.m. 

“We are looking at the whole gamut. Long-track are tornadoes possible, large hail, golf ball (sized) or larger, with the more unstable air in place at night. It’s going to be important for people to pay attention,” Little said. 

She said the EMA was advised to prepare for wind gusts from 60-80 mph, downed power lines and trees, power outages and an additional 2-4 inches of rain. Little warned that the additional rain could wreak havoc on already saturated soil conditions. Flash flooding and additional flooding, especially in low-lying areas, are expected. 

The Cullman County Commission declared a State of Emergency, and Governor Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency earlier in the day Tuesday. 

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