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Massive storm brings tornadoes to South, blizzard threat to central US: NPR

A structure is being damaged after a tornado made landfall in Wayne, Oklahoma, early Tuesday morning. Millions of people in the central United States, from the Rocky Mountains to the Midwest, are bracing for snowstorm-like conditions as a major storm blows across the country.

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A structure is being damaged after a tornado made landfall in Wayne, Oklahoma, early Tuesday morning. Millions of people in the central United States, from the Rocky Mountains to the Midwest, are bracing for snowstorm-like conditions as a major storm blows across the country.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota — big storm Tornadoes blew through parts of Oklahoma and Texas as much of the central United States, from the Rocky Mountains to the Midwest, braced for snowstorm-like conditions on Tuesday. This includes the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Regions from Montana to western Nebraska to Colorado are under blizzard warnings, and the National Weather Service said parts of western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska could see up to 2 feet (61 cm) of snow. said to be expected. Ice and sleet were expected in the eastern Great Plains.

Meanwhile, the town of Wayne, Oklahoma, reported damage after the Weather Service warned of a “confirmed tornado” just after 5 a.m. Tuesday. Video footage from Oklahoma television station KOCO shows extensive damage to Wayne’s home, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.

There were no tornado casualties, McLane County Sheriff Capt. Brian Murrell said. But when authorities began assessing the damage to Wayne’s town on Tuesday morning, it was clear that the damage was extensive.

Murrell said there are “several family structures that have been severely damaged, including lost barns and power lines” in and around town.

National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Speheger said winds reached 111-135 mph (179-211 kph) and gave the tornado a rating of EF-2. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, it is highly likely that he was on the ground for two to four minutes.

South and east of Wayne, “there are some other areas that are still being evaluated, but this is the only[tornado]confirmed so far,” Speheger said.

At least two tornadoes were spotted along the leading edge of the storm in Texas Tuesday morning as it headed toward the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, though the extent of damage is not immediately known. I did.

Los Angeles native Evan Friedman attaches snow chains to his car as heavy snow falls Monday on Highway 2 near Lightwood, California.

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Los Angeles native Evan Friedman attaches snow chains to his car as heavy snow falls Monday on Highway 2 near Lightwood, California.

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The National Weather Service has warned parts of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota could form ice up to 2.5 centimeters and winds of up to 45 mph (72 km/h). Power outages, tree damage, fallen branches, and dangerous moving conditions all threatened the area.

All of western Nebraska has a blizzard warning Tuesday through Thursday, with up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) of snow expected in the northwest, the National Weather Service said. Winds of over 50 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour) sometimes obscure the view outside, officials said.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation closed Interstate 80 and Interstate 76 in the west because heavy snow and high winds made travel dangerous. The Nebraska State Patrol was called in to deal with several crashes and a jackknifed semi-trailer at night, urging people to stay off the road.

“There are basically no tourists right now,” said Justin McCallum, manager of Flying J Truck Stop in Ogallala, Nebraska. “I can see as far as the first pole outside my door, but I can’t see the rest of the lot just outside. I’ll probably get a motel room here tonight.”

“This is like a ‘no kidding’ storm,” the South Dakota Department of Public Safety tweeted on Monday. People were encouraged to stock up on essentials and stay home.

200 miles (322 kilometers) of Interstate 90, which cuts across western South Dakota, was closed Tuesday morning due to “freezing rain, heavy snow and high winds,” the Department of Transportation said. Interstate 29 is also expected to close, and secondary highways are likely to be “impassable,” the agency said.

Further south, tornadoes, high winds, hail and flash floods were expected Tuesday, with eastern Texas, much of Louisiana and western Mississippi at risk of severe storms. Severe weather threats continue through Wednesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

“It’s going to be a busy week as this system moves across the country,” said Mark Shenard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s headquarters in Maryland.

This weather is part of the same system that brought heavy snowfall to the Sierra Nevada over the weekend before moving east.

In northern Utah, a tour bus crashed Monday morning as snow and extreme cold blanketed the area. The bus rolled over after the driver lost control while changing lanes in Tremonton, state highway patrol said. Twenty-three passengers were injured, including some seriously injured, according to Highway Patrol.

The storm system was expected to move into the northeastern and central Appalachians with snow and freezing rain by late Wednesday. It was done.

https://www.npr.org/2022/12/13/1142513438/tornadoes-texas-oklahoma-blizzard-threat-storm Massive storm brings tornadoes to South, blizzard threat to central US: NPR

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