• Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Nighttime storms wreak havoc in parts of the southern United States

HAZEL GREEN, Alabama – A series of severe storms damaged homes, cut electricity and felled trees in parts of the southern United States from Saturday to Sunday morning.

Authorities have closed roads in Hazel Green, Alabama, after power lines fell and homes were damaged. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office shared photos online, including one of a broken utility pole.

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

Huntsville Utilities said service has been restored to parts of Hazel Green, but work continues with several utility poles down in the area.

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

Madison, Morgan Cullman, Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Limestone, Franklin and Lawrence counties remain under tornado watch until 2 a.m. 3 a.m. on Monday. Temperatures are expected to drop with the passage of a cold front.

The storms followed a system earlier on Saturday that caused flooding in parts of Kentucky. Governor Andy Beshear said on Sunday that four tornadoes had been confirmed. No injuries were reported. The strongest was an EF-2 tornado which caused extensive damage to Hopkinsville on Saturday with peak winds estimated at 115 mph, the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures plummeted on Sunday after the inclement weather, and winter storm warnings were issued from northern Alabama to southern New Jersey with up to 7 inches of possible snow in some areas. Frost warnings have been posted from south Texas to Mississippi.