Severe weather ushered in the year as calendars turned to 2022

Gusts of wind, half-dollar-sized hail, record-breaking rainfall and destructive tornadoes hit the south and the Ohio Valley as timetables turned to 2022.

There were three reports of a tornado in northern Georgia on New Years Eve near Worthville, Magnet and Villa Rica. The National Meteorological Service of Atlanta began an investigation on Friday, determining that a tornado hit Newton County, Ga.

This tornado caused structural damage to a college and a tree fell on a house. TThe Newton County Fire Department reported that several people were injured by the storm. This EF-1 tornado caused six minor injuries.

Fortunately for some, all of the New Year’s tornadoes have bypassed areas that were hit hard earlier in the month with devastating destruction from severe storms, but there have been reports of half dollar hail in Kentucky. Gusts of wind in Alabama blew up chicken coop rooftops and knocked down tree branches and power lines on Friday.

The storms also did not stop in 2021, as storms accompanied by gusty winds also swept through the Tennessee Valley on the first day of 2022.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency before the storms, probably in part because of the recent damage caused by two long track tornadoes through Kentucky. Many residents are still recovering from this previous severe weather event, making Saturday’s threat particularly dangerous.

The NWS also published a Watch the tornado for much of Tennessee and Kentucky. Saturday afternoon, multiple tornado warnings were issued for southern Kentucky ahead of severe storms sweeping through the state.

A confirmed tornado was located west of Elkton, Tenn., Saturday night. Another one the tornado may have hit the ground close Hopkinsville and Olmstead, Ky., Damaging a grain elevator, golf course and several other downtown buildings. On Sunday, the National Weather Service confirmed EF-1 tornado hit Madison County, KY Saturday with winds estimated at 90 mph. An EF-0 tornado has also been confirmed have reached the south side of Bowling Green with a maximum wind speed of 85 mph.

A possible tornado was heading towards Stevenson, Alabama, around 9 p.m. Saturday night.

Gusts of wind also caused damage in parts of Kentucky near Sainte Marie, for example, when winds damaged the roof of a stable and structural damage occurred at an industrial facility in Lebanon. In Bowling green, Kentucky, winds broke mature pine trees and damaged apartment buildings.

Strong to severe storms could be seen on national radar Sunday morning heading east.

Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia are other states hit by gusts of wind the first of the year.

Record-breaking precipitation also fell in the region on Saturday, breaking rain records, particularly in Kentucky. Lexington, Ky., Reported 2.27 inches of rain, breaking the old January 1 record of 1.44, set in 1966.

Bowling Green also set a new record with 2.59 inches of rain on Saturday, breaking the previous 1966 record of 2.45 inches. Other cities that have broken precipitation records include Zanesville, Ohio, and Cape Girardeau, Mo., both reporting over an inch of rain on New Years Day.

The severe and humid weather is not over yet in the southeast either, as the storms head east. Forecasters expect more gusty winds, floods and tornadoes from the Florida Panhandle to the Carolinas on Sunday after temperatures hit record highs.

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