Wild Weather Mix

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Last week brought a variety of nasty weather to the Central U.S. including tornadoes, blizzards and flooding. Since last Wednesday, at least 40 deaths have been reported due to severe these severe storms.

Some of the notable events;

  • On Wednesday, one of the longest-tracked tornadoes ever observed in December twisted from northwest Mississippi into southwest Tennessee.
  • On Saturday a supercell of thunderstorms spawned numerous tornadoes in and around the Dallas area, leaving as many as 1,000 damaged structures across north Texas.
  • A storm system bringing heavy rains to eastern Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas, and southwest Missouri prompted major flooding and resulted in 13 casualties. More rain is expected through this evening for Missouri and Arkansas, but drier weather is on the way the rest of the week.
  • Winter Storm Goliath brought blizzard conditions to parts of the Southwest and southern Plains Sunday, prompting road closures and stranding holiday travelers.  Schools and business across the Panhandle are closed today as well. Goliath will work its way east through the Midwest today and then impact parts of the Northeast tonight and tomorrow. From north Texas to Michigan, portions of 11 states are under winter storm warnings at this point.
Rowlett, TX. tornado damage. Image courtesy of NWS Fort Worth

Rowlett, TX. tornado damage. Image courtesy of NWS Fort Worth- @NWSFortWorth

 

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