Thursday was a day in which athletic activity became silent across the area.
With the possibility of severe weather impacting Cullman County and neighboring areas, decisions were made by school systems to cancel extracurricular activities.
No volleyball games were played, the cross country meet scheduled in Moulton was moved to Saturday and the University of Montevallo Early Bird Twilight was canceled in its entirety.
No football practice could be held after schools in the county and at Cullman released at 3:00 p.m. Thursday is a normal day of light workouts, using the time to review, sending the players home to get a good night of rest and be ready for game day on Friday.
On Wednesday, officials with Vinemont and Good Hope agreed to move the game at Mark Smothers Stadium from Thursday to Friday. Now it is part of a schedule that has seven games listed to be on the field for the first Friday evening of September.
A strong thunderstorm that had no warning Thursday evening blew into Cullman and Cullman County after the tornado watch was lifted at 8:00 p.m.
Wet fields will be experienced across the county as will as wind advisory that is in effect until 4:00 p.m.
Stadium lights will be active tonight in Vinemont, West Point, Cold Springs and Holly Pond as for games to be played locally. Hanceville has a short trip into Addison, an area that was drenched last night as well, plus had a pair of tornado warnings for Winston County Thursday, but not in the direction of Addison.
Cullman has to go to North Jackson, Fairview visits East Lawrence. Lawrence County was the lone location in all of North Alabama to go under a tornado warning. The storm was near Moulton, not the town of Caddo, where East Lawrence resides.
So everything should be back on schedule for today with football. The cross country meet in Moulton will be Saturday with Cold Springs, Fairview, Holly Pond and St. Bernard participating.
Cullman and Good Hope will play in the West Morgan volleyball invitational Saturday while Cold Springs travels to Walker County, taking part in the Carbon Hill Classic. The rest of the local teams will open the regular season Tuesday after being postponed Thursday from the severe weather threat.
We are grateful the severe weather stayed outside of Cullman County. Unfortunately, West Central Alabama was a target with at least eight counties going through tornado warnings from the afternoon during the evening. That kept Birmingham TV meteorologists on the air more than normal.
NFL preseason games featuring the Falcons and Saints were preempted on WBRC and WVTM, due to severe weather coverage, with Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Bibb and Hale counties battling tornado warnings.
The golf course in Fayette received serious damage from the late afternoon tornado. Reform, the home of Pickens County, was hit strong as well. The golf course will be shut down for a couple of weeks, according to media reports, in order to clean up from the damage.
We have weathered the storm with the weather to improve for many to celebrate Labor Day as summer is on its last leg before fall comes in several weeks.
Take care and enjoy your sports weekend.