Overnight Storms Bring Damage to Parts of US South

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
January 2, 2022 Updated: January 2, 2022

HAZEL GREEN, Ala.—A line of severe storms damaged homes, knocked out power, and downed trees in parts of the southern United States late Saturday into Sunday morning.

Authorities closed roads in Hazel Green, Alabama, after power lines came down and homes suffered damage. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office shared photos online including one of a snapped power pole.

Damage in Hazel Green, Ala.
Authorities close down a road after power lines came down and homes suffered damage in Hazel Green, Ala., on Jan. 2, 2022. (Madison County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The weather also caused damage to businesses in Hazel Green, including a Walmart, local news outlets reported. The community is located about 15 miles north of Huntsville.

Huntsville Utilities said service has been restored to parts of Hazel Green, but work continues with multiple downed power poles in the area.

The same system brought down trees in the nearby town of Triana, roughly 20 miles southwest of Huntsville. Mayor Mary Caudle told WAFF-TV that about 280 residents took cover in a storm shelter Saturday night.

Madison, Morgan Cullman, Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Limestone, Franklin, and Lawrence counties remain under a tornado watch until 2 a.m. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for north and parts of north-central Alabama, in effect from 6 p.m. through 3 a.m. Monday. Temperatures are expected to plummet as a cold front moves through.

The storms followed a system earlier Saturday which brought flooding to parts of Kentucky. An EF-2 tornado caused significant damage in Hopkinsville on Saturday with estimated peak winds of 115 mph, the National Weather Service said. No injuries were reported.

Temperatures dipped Sunday after the severe weather rolled through, and winter storm warnings were posted from eastern Tennessee to Maryland with up to 6 inches of snow possible in some areas. Freeze warnings were posted from southern Texas to Mississippi.