Tornadoes confirmed in Madison, 3 more counties; freezing weather Sunday night

Tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash flooding cause damage in multiple counties

POSTED 5 P.M. JAN. 2, 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday the state is continuing to respond to a severe weather system that impacted much of Western, Eastern and South Central Kentucky Saturday and is preparing for winter weather to arrive Sunday night.

The weather event generated heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and strong straight-line winds and caused flash flooding, loss of power and damage to public infrastructure and private properties.

The Governor urged Kentuckians to monitor the weather as snow and freezing temperatures are forecast for many of the affected areas Sunday evening.

“We are urging Kentuckians in impacted areas to please stay off the roads as much as possible tonight,” Gov. Beshear said. “Cold temperatures and the possibility of snowfall, combined with wet roads and standing water, are expected to create even more hazardous road conditions.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing snowplow trucks and working with Kentucky Emergency Management to monitor conditions.

Updates:

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed four tornadoes so far:
    • Bowling Green, Warren County, EF-0, 85 mph;
    • Union City, Madison County, EF-1, 110 mph;
    • Northwest of Glasgow, Barren County, EF-1, 95 mph; and
    • Campbellsville, Taylor County, EF-1, 105-110 mph.
  • At this time, no fatalities or injuries have been confirmed.
  • NWS is still conducting tornado surveys in Warren, Barren, Hart, Marion, Taylor, Madison and Christian counties.
  • A possible tornado touched down in Hopkinsville, Christian County. Numerous buildings were damaged on the east side of the city, on 13th and 14th streets.
  • A possible tornado touched down six miles southwest of Russellville in Logan County. Damage assessment indicates damage to several outbuildings.
  • A possible tornado touched down in Marion County at 135 Wendy Lane, damaging a barn.
  • Possible tornado touchdowns in Green and Metcalfe counties caused damage to several homes.
  • Local State of Emergency Declarations are in effect in Casey, Clay, Floyd, Madison, Owsley, Pike and Taylor counties.
  • Electric customer outages have been reported in Pike County, affecting 1,190 customers, and 342 customers have been affected in Floyd County.
  • Heavy rains caused more than 75 roadway closures throughout the day Saturday, primarily due to flooding in Eastern Kentucky. Thirty-two roads remain closed.
  • At least seven landslides have been reported as well as washouts. One bridge embankment was destroyed in Owsley County.
  • The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated with personnel from the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Based on preliminary data, 31 counties were impacted in some way by the weather event. Those counties are Adair, Barren, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Christian, Clay, Floyd, Graves, Green, Hart, Hopkins, Jackson, Knott, Lee, Logan, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nicholas, Owsley, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Simpson, Taylor and Warren.

The Governor will travel to Hopkinsville tomorrow to assess damage, as well as to Graves and Hopkins counties to check on rebuilding efforts following the deadly Dec. 10 tornadoes. Details regarding media availability in Western Kentucky tomorrow are forthcoming.

To read yesterday’s news release regarding the Governor declaring a State of Emergencyclick here. For more information about KYEM, visit kyem.ky.gov.

ORIGINAL STORY 3 P.M. JAN. 1, 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Andy Beshear declared a State of Emergency Saturday due to a powerful severe weather system generating heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and strong straight-line winds impacting much of Western, Eastern and South Central Kentucky.

The severe weather caused flash flooding, loss of power and damage of public infrastructure and private properties.

Heavy rain bringing totals of 2 to 5 inches is expected throughout the day in much of Kentucky, followed by a cold front tonight, which could complicate response efforts. Casey County reported a rainfall total of 5.25 inches.

Flash flooding in Green, Barren, Taylor, Adair, Owsley, Breathitt and Casey counties has resulted in numerous road closures and water rescues. High water was blocking all or parts of multiple roads in Floyd, Knott and Pike counties as of noon. Casey County and Owsley County have declared local states of emergency.

A tornado touchdown was reported in Hopkinsville, causing severe damage to downtown businesses, and a possible tornado touchdown was reported in Taylor County, where numerous households have been damaged. Severe thunderstorm warnings have also been issued for Logan, Simpson, Marion and Washington counties.

“It is devastating that we are once again experiencing severe weather just weeks after the deadly tornadoes hit Western Kentucky. Sadly, some counties have been affected by both of these events,” Gov. Beshear said. “We will continue to monitor the weather and provide needed updates. Everyone be aware, stay safe and seek shelter when advised.”

Kentucky Emergency Management has activated the State Emergency Operations Center, and personnel from the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Department of Public Health are monitoring the situation from the SEOC.

“Unfortunately, we continue to experience severe weather in the commonwealth as we move into the new year, with impacts across our south central counties experiencing heavy rainfall, flash flooding, tornado strikes and continuous squall lines,” said Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management. “Please give way to emergency responders operating in numerous counties and stay off of transportation routes today if at all possible.”

Steps to keep yourself safe after flooding:

  • Watch your step. Floodwaters often hide sharp and dangerous debris, like broken glass and metal.
  • Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear such as boots, gloves and safety glasses when it comes to moving debris.
  • Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a storm, or if it is wet, to prevent being electrocuted. Report any utility issues to your local utility company.
  • Flooded homes are hazards. Get a professional to check for loose wires, mold and hidden damage before re-entering.
  • Avoid walking in floodwater. It can be contaminated with oil, gasoline or sewage.
  • Use generators or other gas-powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.

For more information about KYEM, visit kyem.ky.gov.

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