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At least two killed in southern tornado as blizzard-like conditions hit Great Plains

Hours after a tornado made landfall in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, a devastating winter storm swept across the United States on Wednesday, bringing snowstorm-like conditions to the Great Plains.

A mother and her young son were killed in a tornado in Keithville’s Pecan Farm area in Caddo Parish in northwest Louisiana, south of Shreveport, said Sheriff Steve Prater. The woman was razed to the ground a block from her home, and the boy was found in a nearby wooded area.

In addition, Prator said an adult male and an adult female were hospitalized.

In Farmerville, north-central Louisiana, Detective Cade Nolan told CBS News that as many as 25 people were injured when the Twister ran through, with at least two seriously injured. Standing next to the overturned GMC SUV, he said it was “the worst damage I’ve seen in this (Union) parish in 17 years.”

There is KNOE-TV, a CBS Monroe affiliate in Louisiana.

Based on video and eyewitness reports, five tornadoes were confirmed in northern Texas as of Tuesday afternoon, but there could have been 12 more, the Fort Worth, Texas National Police said. The Bureau of Meteorology reported that search parties were looking for other victims.

A series of thunderstorms damaged dozens of homes and businesses and injured several people in suburbs and counties north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. More than 1,000 flights to and from airports have been delayed and more than 100 canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware.

Severe weather threats continued through Wednesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

The storm warning extends from Montana to western Nebraska and Colorado, and the National Weather Service said up to 2 feet of snow could fall in parts of western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska. Winds of over 50 mph in Nebraska occasionally impair visibility outside, officials said.

“There are basically no tourists right now,” said Justin McCallum, manager of Flying J Truck Stop in Ogallala, Nebraska.

Forecasters expect the storm system to lock the upper Midwest in ice, rain, and snow for several days before moving into the northeast and central Appalachians. Residents from West Virginia to Vermont were told to beware of the potential for snow, ice and sleet to mix, and the National Weather Service said winter weather could continue from Wednesday night through Friday afternoon, depending on the timing of the storm. announced a storm warning.

In the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, police spokesperson Amanda McNew reported five confirmed injuries on Tuesday.

Trent Kelly, deputy director of Grapevine Parks and Recreation, said a possible tornado had blown off the roof of Municipal Facilities, the city’s service center, leaving roof debris hanging from power lines. .

It was also garbage day, so the storm picked up the garbage and scattered it everywhere, he said.

Pictures sent by the city showed downed power lines in rain-soaked streets, as well as downed trees, damaged buildings and a semi-trailer that appeared to have been dumped in a parking lot.

A tornado hit the town of Wayne, Oklahoma, on Tuesday. McLane County Sheriff Capt. Brian Murrell said no fatalities or injuries were reported, but officials said there was extensive damage. Wayne is about 45 miles south of Oklahoma City.

“We have a multi-family structure and it’s been badly damaged… barns, power lines are down,” Murrell said.

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Bob Blackwell carries belongings from his daughter’s home destroyed by a tornado on December 13, 2022 in Wayne, Oklahoma.

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All roads were closed in northeastern Colorado. Bad weather in ranching areas can also pose a threat to livestock. Jim Santomaso, president of the Northeast of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, said that strong winds can cause livestock to burst through fences as they follow the direction of the storm.

“If this continues, the cows could be drifting for miles,” Santomaso said.

A blizzard warning has been issued for Minnesota’s North Shore, with up to 24 inches of snow and gusts of up to 40 mph expected in some areas. Wind gusts reaching 50 miles per hour obscured visibility in the southern part of the state.

Twin Cities National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Dye said this was a “long-running event” of snow, ice and rain through Friday night. I was expecting a second snowfall.

of same weather system The Sierra Nevada and western United States recently experienced heavy snowfall.

Patrick Torphy contributed to the report.

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