Communities in Cullman, Blount counties recover after Thursday’s damaging storms

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Numerous storms moved through north Alabama Thursday, and a few were severe enough to produce structural damage.

Cullman County Damage

The White City Community Center in Cullman County sustained roof and structural damage after a possible tornado moved through the region.

"It was sunny and calm before it hit. All of a sudden, it got dark and loud," Matthew Howell said. His in-laws live around County Road 617 and went to the basement when the storm moved in.

"Sirens were going off, we had plenty of warning," Howell said.

It doesn't appear that anybody was seriously hurt. Several trees were uprooted and metal roofing was ripped off like tin foil.

Radar imagery indicates that wind gusts as high as 94 mph occurred in the vicinity of the town.

Blount County Damage

Further east, a possible tornado touched down along Alabama State Route 75 between Oneonta and Allgood. The Blount County Sheriff's Office is reporting downed power lines and damaged buildings in the area.

Adriana Sanchez lives in the heavily damaged mobile home park in Allgood and says she's glad her family sought shelter.

"They had said the Tornado Warning and we were going to get out to go get shelter but it hadn't started to rain," said Sanchez. "We weren't sure but we decided we need to but before we even got on Highway 75, the wind just started picking up. It started to rain harder and it felt like we were in the tornado."

Radar imagery indicates that inbound and outbound wind circulation within the Allgood and Oneonta area reached as high as 74 mph.

Recovery efforts are on-going in the Oneonta area of Blount County.

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