10 dead in Texas and Kansas as wintry storm sweeps south-central US

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Extreme weather kills 10 across the country; more snow, flooding expected.

A band of storms has been moving though parts of the Plains and the Midwest since Thursday and is being blamed for at least 14 deaths, including eight in Texas and six in Kansas.

A significant section of the United States – from western Texas through Oklahoma and Kansas and into western Arkansas – has been coping with a weather system that brought rain and freezing temperatures. The dangerous road conditions come after deadly weekend in Kansas, where five people died in single-vehicle crashes, the state’s highway patrol said.

Rescue boats were ready in Johnson County on Friday night, and crews from the Texas Department of Transportation were checking high-water hot spots and other places vulnerable to flooding, according to CNN affiliate WFAA. At least 100 crashes occurred in the Texas panhandle and south Plains through late Friday, as ice accumulated up to an inch thick in north central Oklahoma.

Sunday travel after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year, with the peak highway congestion generally through 6 p.m., according to an analysis by Waze, a popular navigation app. The inclement weather can be partly attributed to moisture from Tropical Storm Sandra off Mexico’s west coast, senior meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski wrote on the Accuweather.com website blog. The state of emergency allows state agencies to make emergency purchases, and helps provide vehicles used to move utility poles to affected areas, the governor’s office said. Light ice is also possible for Oklahoma City tonight and early Sunday morning for a brief period, with warnings to stay off roads, according to KFOR. “We have some water that came right up to the homes”, he said.

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