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WSFA 12 News' sister stations WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham and WAFF 48 in Huntsville both tracked a significant tornado Wednesday that slammed directly into the city of Cullman in Cullman County. The tornado was tracked on LIVE tower cameras as it traveled through the downtown area for several minutes.
The Associated Press reports that officials at Cullman Regional Medical Center confirm the hospital was struck by the suspected tornado. Authorities said there are no known deaths and no immediate information about any injuries. Officials said they would release more information as it becomes available.
Debris and a huge funnel cloud could be seen moving slowly through the city until damage to the television station's tower cam transmitter forced the camera to black.
WAFF-TV was responding to Cullman to reports that a mobile home park had been heavily damaged. We'll share additional information as it becomes available.
While the storms have not yet greatly affected the WSFA 12 News viewing area, our meteorologists are closely monitoring the situation and will break into programming at a moment's notice if they feel they need to.
There are now 6 confirmed fatalities from Wednesday's severe weather in Alabama. More fatalities and property damage are being reported from Mississippi, Arkansas and other areas where this storm system has already moved through.
Stay alert. Stay informed. Stay with WSFA 12 News.
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