Fatalities as Freezing Rain, Floods and Ice Hit Central US

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fatalities as freezing rain, floods and ice hit central US.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — At least two people died in fast-moving floodwaters in Texas as freezing rain and flooding pummeled the central U.S. Louis, with up to 4 inches of rain in some places as the storm system made its slow trek to the northeast. “There’s a pretty substantial shield of rain extending from parts of Texas across a lot of Oklahoma and into the mid-Mississippi Valley,” said John Hart, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Sandra Jones’ car was washed off the road in waters flowing 10 to 12 feet above the banks of Rock Creek, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tim Jones said.

Firefighters in Fort Worth are waiting for the water to recede before deploying a dive team to continue searching for another woman whose car was swept away in a flood, according to spokesman Kyle Falkner. The state transportation department discouraged travel in the Texas Panhandle after the storm front left dozens of major roads, bridges and overpasses covered in ice and snow. Elsewhere, an ice storm warning was in effect for western Oklahoma until noon Saturday, while a winter weather advisory and a flash flood watch were issued for parts of central Oklahoma.

The weather service issued a winter storm warning for sections of central and southern Kansas through early Saturday and said up to a quarter inch of sleet and ice could hit the state by Friday night.

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