Dangerous weather targets more than 30 million Americans,at least 10 deaths recorded
Dangerous weather is targeting more than 30 million Americans this weekend. A fast-moving storm weeping across parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast and Southeast has already been blamed for at least 10 deaths throughout the South and Midwest.
Tornadoes have been reported in at least three states.
The storm system has dropped heavy rain and wind across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri and Arkansas. In Iowa, snow plows are out for area’s first major winter storm of the season. The snowfall is heavy, having already caused several traffic accidents. More than 1,000 flights have also been canceled.
Death toll rises to 10
At least 10 people have died in a severe winter storm that’s making its way across the U.S.
Larry Hadnot, Jr., 44, was killed on Saturday in Nacogdoches County, Texas, after severe winds brought a tree down on top of a house, the county’s office of emergency management said. Another person was in the house but escaped with minor injuries. A tree also fell on a home in Oil City, Louisiana, killing one person, according to the Oil City Police Department.
One person died in Dallas, Texas, on Friday night after their car flipped over and landed upside-down in a creek. Severe thunderstorms were passing through the area at the time, causing flash floods and leading to dangerous driving conditions.
In Lubbock, Texas, a police officer, 27-year-old Nicholas Reyna, and a firefighter, 39-year-old Eric Hill, were killed while working to clear an earlier traffic accident on Interstate 27.
Two more people were killed in Houhgton, Louisiana, on Saturday. A tornado passed over the mobile home of Jerry W. Franks, 79, and Mary Sue Franks, 65, at around 2 a.m. The home was destroyed and pushed some 200 feet away from its foundations, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Three people dead in tornado in Carrollton, Alabama
Three people died in a tornado in Carrollton, Alabama, the National Weather Service in Birmingham said. A line of severe storms are working through Western Alabama,
Tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect across the Fayette and Walker County areas along with Tuscaloosa and Jefferson County.
More than 250,000 without power in 13 states
An estimated 253,882 are without power in 13 states from Texas to Michigan, according to numbers submitted to poweroutages.us. Mississippi had the greatest amount of outages, with 60,512 without power.
Here is a breakdown by state:
North Carolina: 1,665