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    Starting July 28, severe thunderstorms deemed ‘destructive’ will activate a Wireless Emergency Alert on smartphones

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Severe thunderstorms can be life-threatening, but not all severe storms are the same. Hazardous conditions range from tornadoes, large hailstorms and widespread straight-line winds called derechoes, to cloud-to-ground lightning and flash flooding.   Starting July 28, the National Weather Service will better convey the...

    County Road 522 on Stouts Mountain damaged by weekend storms

    STOUTS MOUNTAIN, Ala. - Heavy weekend rains brought by the remnants of tropical storm Claudette washed away the shoulder and edge of the road surface on County Road 522 on Stouts Mountain. According to the Cullman County Road Department, the slide displaced an extensive...

    Weekend severe weather chances dropping, increased threat Monday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The National Weather Service Huntsville forecaster issued an updated forecast Friday afternoon, showing that the tropical system coming up from the Gulf Coast will pass south of Cullman County with little effect. The region will instead be impacted by heavy rains...

    Another active hurricane season predicted

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – This year’s hurricane season appears to be developing into an active one. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting 13 to 20 named storms. According to the center, six to 10 of these storms could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph...

    Sirens vs. radios vs. device apps: which should you use?

     CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - As residents across the county seek safety during bad weather, The Tribune sought input from various sources about the value of community sirens, household radios, personal device apps and other means of communication in giving effective warnings to people in...

    How safe rooms save lives

    CULLMAN, Ala. - In 2004, Keith and Deborah Crumbley were selected as part of a FEMA grant program to have a safe room installed at their home in the Simcoe Community. On April 27, 2011, their home took a direct hit from a F5...

    The April 27, 2011 Cullman County tornadoes: official reports

    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - April 25-28, 2011 saw a super outbreak of approximately 350 tornadoes produced by a single long-term event of related systems from Texas to Virginia. Of those storms, 199 occurred in one 24-hour period on April 27, which included 62 in...

    Cullman County EMA: the lessons from 2011

    CULLMAN, Ala. - Training and preparation are necessary tools for the emergency management system, but all the training in the world cannot fully prepare responders for an event like the 2011 tornado outbreak. The real-world disaster provided on-the-job training for the Cullman County Emergency...

    National Weather Service unveils webpage commemorating April 27, 2011 severe weather outbreak

    BIRMINGHAM and HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The National Weather Service (NWS) has launched a website to commemorate the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak across Alabama. The page tracks the storms through the course of the day with meteorological data, describes each tornado event of the...

    Looking back to April 27, 2011

    Kenneth Nail, City of Hanceville Mayor  It could have been the worst of days and it was one of the best of days. Cullman, no doubt, got more construction debris. We got more vegetative debris. We hauled over 300,000 cubic yards of debris. We thank...