RPT-'Bomb cyclone' pushes east across the U.S., flood risks remain

Sergio Conner
March 16, 2019

"Photos are the important things", she said.

"All state offices will be closed today", South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced, citing forecasters' warnings of intense winds.

Wind, blowing snow and snow-packed roadways also made travel treacherous in western Nebraska.

Ellenbolt also quoted Tony Mangan of the state's public safety department, who said, "I mean, if you don't have the snow in parts of the state, you have flooding in the southeast and south central parts".

A disaster proclamation by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, issued in response to reports of flooding, remained in effect in Iowa overnight.

Rainfall records were set Wednesday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Sioux City, Iowa.

"We've got a lot of water, and it's got to find a way to get out of here", said Tracy West, mayor of Lennox, South Dakota.

"Heavy rain, snow melt, and ice jams on rivers have produced widespread flooding across the Upper Midwest", federal forecasters said. The weather service recorded a 60 miles per hour (97 kph) wind gust at Indianapolis International Airport.

A general view of the blizzard in Greeley, Colorado on March 13, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. Some areas are receiving more than 45 inches of snow, with blizzard and avalanche warnings issues across the state. Some may have no power into the weekend. Approximately 175,000 people have been left without power as the storm barrels through.

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.

Colorado Department of Transportation now has Interstate 70 reopened after the bomb cyclone on Thursday

Daniel Groves, 52, was killed after a wayward 2001 Volvo had struck him while he was on the scene of another vehicle that slid off Interstate 76 in Weld County.

National Guard troops used specialized vehicles with tank-like treads to rescue stranded drivers. High speed in poor driving conditions is the likely cause of the accidents, according to local police. Stranded motorists across the region had been reached and helped before midnight, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol spokesman said early Thursday.

Jackie Ratcliff stayed in a hotel and on Thursday was waiting in Wellington, Colorado, for Interstate 25 to reopen so she could return to her home in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and tornadoes, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond.

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

Thirteen tornados were reported Thursday in Kentucky, Indiana and MI, said Bob Oravec, a meteorologist with the National Weather Center's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, but no immediate reports of serious damage.

In the eyes of Greg Carbin, chief of Forecast Operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "this is a very epic cyclone", which could develop into the worst storm of its type in 35 or 40 years.

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.

A system is said to rapidly intensify if the pressure drops 24 mb in 24 hours.

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