Over 10 million impacted by fatal historic USA flooding

Over 10 million impacted by fatal historic USA flooding

A powerful, late-winter "bomb cyclone" storm pushed into the U.S. Midwest and the Great Lakes region on Friday, causing flooding along the MS and Missouri rivers, stranding herds of cattle and raising alarms at a Nebraska nuclear power plant.

The system continues to move east Friday, but aside from an area of marginal severe risk arund coastal Virginia and North Carolina, most storms it generates are expected to be non-severe.

Wednesday's blizzard in Colorado caused widespread power outages, forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights and wreaked havoc on roadways as drivers became overwhelmed by blinding snow.

This type of winter storm, dubbed a "bomb cyclone" or "bombogenesis" by meteorologists, occurs when weather conditions are expected to rapidly intensify, dropping 24 millibars (a measurement of atmospheric pressure) within 24 hours, when the typical range is between 10 and 15. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an emergency disaster proclamation Thursday and activated the state emergency operations center.

A policeman in Lone Tree, Colo., talks to a driver as snow clogs the towns roads, caught in a later winter storm known as a bomb cyclone. Hurricane-force winds involve frequent gusts or sustained winds of more than 74 miles per hour. Blizzards and tornadoes have caused significant damage across the Plains and Midwest, and over 10 million people are now facing major to historic flooding due to heavy rains and snowmelt.

Flooding forced evacuations in northeast Nebraska and western Iowa, including a retirement home in Pierce, Nebraska.

"Widespread and extremely risky flooding will continue today and tonight", the National Weather Service office in Omaha, Nebraska, said on Friday in a statement.

The quickly rising floods evacuated people from their homes, washed out roads in communities, and left farmers anxious all the water would drown livestock. Rescue crews scrambled nonstop using ski-resort Snowcat equipment to pull frantic motorists to safety, as thousands of cars were left on the shoulders of highways, local sheriff departments reported.

An AccuWeather meteorologist said on Thursday on Twitter that at least one tornado had formed near Evansville, Indiana. Groves had gotten out of his patrol auto to check on another vehicle that had slid off the road, police said.

A mountain wave is an area of extremely turbulent air found on the lee side of a mountain barrier like the Rockies when there is a strong flow of wind present. Denver is among the cities hit the hardest during this bomb cyclone.

"Modeling studies consistently suggest that the frequency and intensity of severe storms in the United States could increase as climate changes, particularly over the U.S. Midwest and Southern Great Plains during spring", she said. Most of these outages are in Colorado and Texas.

On Wednesday, a blizzard crippled parts of Wyoming, Colorado and western Nebraska. Meanwhile, hundreds of flights were canceled at Denver International Airport, and almost 40 were grounded in Colorado Springs.

In Wolf Creek Pass, near the New Mexico border, has recorded 45 inches of snow. From Colorado to Kentucky, thousands of people have been evacuated to escape flooding rivers or have been stranded in blizzards or flooding. The National Weather Service said the system would move into southern Minnesota and parts of IL, including Chicago, with rain later turning to snow.

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