02 May

Damage to the Candy Store

The record-breaking storms that swept through Alabama on April 27th hit Cullman’s downtown hard. Buildings that had stood for over 100 years were destroyed by an EF4 tornado. Winds were gusting at more than 175-miles-per hour, and the tornado reportedly stretched 38 miles long, according to the National Weather Service.

Damage to SAAA Facade

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques was spared for the most part. Glass windows were blown out, but the building is still intact. Owner, Garlan Grudger who has been working to help his neighbors clean up the damage said, “I am blessed.” He said that his home and business had some minor damage, but nothing like the worst of the destruction to Cullman’s downtown area.

I asked him what I could do to help, and he simply asked me to shop there and at any other Cullman merchants as soon as they are able to conduct commerce again. That I can certainly do.