Sunday, 24 March, 2019

Hurricane Blizzard: Massive 'Bomb Cyclone' Bears Down on Continental US

'Bomb cyclone' clobbers US Plains: Videos
Patty Aguilar | 16 March, 2019, 23:41

The Cooper Nuclear Station along the swollen Missouri River will likely be shut down early Saturday as water levels continue rising following heavy rain earlier this week, a plant spokesman said Friday.

The quickly rising floods evacuated people from their homes, washed out roads in communities, and left farmers anxious all the water would drown livestock.

The National Weather Service says the system is expected to move into southern Minnesota and parts of IL, including Chicago, on Friday, with rain later turning to snow. But the effects aren't expected to be as bad as what was seen farther west and south on Thursday, said meteorologist Paul Fajman in Omaha. The National Weather Service has issued a warning to the people of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and North-South Dakota.

By Friday, the "bomb cyclone" was 1,183 km away, flooding roads in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri and heading northeast into Minnesota toward Canada.

The storm also caused flash flooding across the Plains and Midwest states, the NWS reported.

Blizzard conditions and flooding closed numerous roadways in the region.

"Just today we're facing blizzards, white-out conditions, flooding, dense fog, and each of those pose a unique risk", he said.

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that he had spoken to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts about the flooding.

The historic low-pressure system, which affected more than 105 million people this week according to the National Weather Service, continued moving east.

Winter Storm Ulmer is still hammering the Plains with snow, high winds and blizzard conditions on Thursday after killing at least two as the storm became a bomb cyclone.

A wind gust of 92 miles per hour (148 kph) was recorded in the mountains northwest of Denver.

The window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. Most of these outages are in Colorado and Texas.

In Colorado, a state patrol officer was hit and killed by a auto as he was helping another driver who slid off Interstate 76 near Denver. It was caused by a combination of the jet stream and normal conditions in the wind shadow of the Rockies.

Five people were hurt and 150 dairy cows had to be euthanized when a tornado hit the small town of Dexter, New Mexico, on Tuesday.

The storm gained "bomb cyclogenesis" or "bombogenesis" status earlier in the week after its air pressure dropped precipitously within 24 hours, causing wind gusts of almost 100 mph while simultaneously dropping several inches of snow and rain.

Tornado watches were issued in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. When that much air rushes higher into the atmosphere, it causes severe weather.

In mid-Michigan, authorities reported two tornadoes and possibly a third, in Shiawassee County and nearby Genesee County. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

"It is a tragic reminder that people's lives are at stake", said Shoshana Lew, head of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

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