A heavy tornado killed one person and left other victims, unaccounted for injured on Saturday , the 9th of May 2015, in northern Texas. According to Fire Chief Walter Fairbanks, six structures were also damaged. The fire department are currently looking for more victims. So far, three people were reported injured, and one of them is in critical condition.
The county’s emergency services coordinator, County Judge Rex Fields reported that many homes have been destroyed beyond repair as well.
The National Weather Service revealed that many tornadoes have swept through the Great Plains, including Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska by 10.00 p.m. on Saturday. 34 storms have been reported so far, but not all of them were confirmed. However, the bad weather is expected to continue on Sunday as well.
In Oklahoma, the tornado brought about baseball-sized hail in Comanche, Oklahoma. The tornados on Wednesday caused irreparable damage to 86 mobile homes, 6 family homes, 3 businesses, and a church.
Air travel was affected as well during the severe storms, causing delays on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Cross in Shawnee, Oklahoma set up a center on Friday because there was a danger of floods occurring near Granada Lake, as the rain threatened to top its dam. A few roads were closed as well. Other creeks and at least 12 rivers were flooded as well, posing great threat to the homes and buildings nearby. A 43-year-old woman from Oklahoma, Skylyna Stewart, drowned in her own cellar after the water coming from the storm basically trapped her inside. Her body floated to a shelter away from her home, where it was eventually found.
While more tornados are expected on Sunday, meteorologists say that the danger has passed. According to Bill Karins, MSNBC meteorologist, the bad weather indicates that another big tornado is not likely to occur because there is no sunshine ” to heat up and destabilize the atmosphere ,” as it usually occurs before a major outbreak. The bad weather is expected to continue in Ohio Valley down to Mississippi.
South Dakota was covered in snow. There were roads where snow thickness went up to five inches.
In Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South and North Dakota, winter storms are expected, as well as heavy falls, that could blanket the ground with up to 25 inches of snow. A few meteorologists said this type of weather is not completely abnormal for this time of the year. Hopefully, the authorities will be ready to help those in distress and there won’t be any more victims.
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