Oklahoma, other Plains states brace for more severe weather days after …

9 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Twister Terror: Plains States Take Cover and Brace for More Powerful Storms.

Tens of millions of people in the middle of the country are facing a three-day tornado threat — including places that were ravaged earlier this week by an outbreak of twisters. Thunderstorms, carrying large hail, broke out across the Southern Plains Friday, and a tornado watch was posted for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico Friday night. The University of Oklahoma already canceled graduation activities scheduled for Friday night due to “dangerous weather conditions.” Torrential rain across the state was causing floods, which were leading to car accidents, according to NBC affiliate KFOR. Nick Wiltgen, a senior meteorologist for The Weather Channel, told NBC News that “the bull’s-eye” for the weekend outbreak could be over the same areas damaged on Wednesday night, when dozens of twisters wrecked homes and took out power lines.

The Colorado Mountain region was expected to get up to 2 feet of snow, which paired with heavy winds, could trigger avalanches, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. South Dakota, southern Montana and parts of the Nebraska panhandle could also see snow and winds up to 40 mph on Saturday and Sunday, according to Weather.com. “We’re going to see storms that present the risk of a full gamut of severe weather,” Todd Lindley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Associated Press. A woman was killed in Oklahoma City after getting trapped in her flooded storm cellar, and a man in Cooke County, Texas, was killed when his car was swept into a creek by flood waters.

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