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Tropical Depression Bertha Lifting North; Isolated Severe Across Southern U.S.; Heat Continues In West

Tropical Depression Bertha continues to weaken and lift north toward the central Appalachians and eastern Ohio Valley. Heavy rain, gusty winds and flooding are likely. Meanwhile, isolated severe thunderstorms are possible on Thursday from the Southeast to south-central High Plains. Finally, the ongoing heat wave continues in the West and will expand into the Rockies by the weekend. Read More >

March 24, 1921
Counties:  Scott KY
F-scale:  F2
Deaths: 0
Injuries:  0
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Notes:  This tornado touched down near Watkinsville and moved northeast.  Barns, power poles, and trees were immediately blown down.  Some trees were uprooted and blown 20 feet.  Additional barns were destroyed on the Wiley and Bramlett farms.  The tornado quickly grew to 3/4 of a mile wide, and uprooted an entire orchard (nearly 100 trees) on the Green Farm west of Stamping Ground.  A chicken house was blown away, killing 92 of the 100 chickens within.  The Cook Farm suffered two destroyed barns and a badly damaged house.  As the tornado neared Stamping Ground, it narrowed to 1/4 mile wide, and then lifted just northeast of town.  W. A. Mitchell of the Lexington Weather Bureau office felt that the damage was straight-line winds (why he felt this way is unknown, and this project will instead agree with Grazulis that this was a true tornado).  The tornado may have dipped very briefly to earth again on or near Cincinnati Road south of Double Culvert, though no specific damage reports have been found from that area.  Witnesses described a "funnel-shaped cloud whirling along at high speed" that "sounded like a train coming across a railroad trestle" with debris circulating the funnel.  Near the tornado's touchdown point the twister was followed by hail that greatly damaged fruit trees.

March 24, 1921
Counties:  Madison
F-scale:  F3
Deaths:  0
Injuries:   5
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Narrative:  This tornado hit the Kirksville and Silver Creek areas.  Debris from one home blocked the railroad tracks for three hours.  Two people received injuries when a chimney fell on them and broke their ribs.  Several houses were reduced to kindling, and one tenant house was "blown completely away" near Silver Creek.  One boy received a broken leg.  Warwick Distillery at Silver Creek lost its roof.  Near Kirksville one home was demolished and another lost its roof.  A parlor rug from the house that lost its roof was later found in Phil Arbuckle's pasture, torn to rags, a mile away.  One farmer witnessed a "funnel shaped cloud accompanied by a roar" like a truck at Silver Creek.