Violent storms, tornadoes and fires raged across Central America on Wednesday. And authorities issued warnings of strong winds for about 36 million people. Part of Oklahoma was evacuated.
The National Weather Service reported that winds brought down trees and power lines, causing widespread power outages. AccuWeather’s Weather Forecasting Services warned that it could increase the risk of wildfires igniting and spreading rapidly in certain areas.” Warnings were also issued of the danger of overturning trucks in the storm.
Parts of Oklahoma were evacuated, according to USA Today, and all lanes of Interstate 287 were closed due to heavy winds and the fires firefighters were battling. There have also been at least four fires in Texas that were started by strong winds.
The magazine reported that several hurricanes hit Iowa. The Minnesota National Weather Service (NWS) office confirmed one in Plainview. This is the first registration in this state in December.
The hurricane warning was applied, among other things, to parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Minnesota.
Some schools in Nebraska have canceled full-time classes. Dozens of schools in Iowa were also planning this.
“This time of year, Iowa cops are used to warning people to stay off the roads because of snowstorms. It’s really weird. We’re 10 days before Christmas, and we’re talking about 70 degrees (more than 20 degrees) temperatures and winds Hurricane-like,” says USA Today, Polk County Sheriff, Lt. Ryan Evans.
Approximately. 36 million people were warned of high winds. Many airlines have abandoned landing at Des Moines International Airport due to the upcoming severe storms. In part of Kansas City, Missouri, part of the airport roof has collapsed. Traffic controllers had to evacuate the tower cabin.
Weather services issued a strong wind warning for the length of the range from New Mexico to upper Michigan — including Wisconsin and Illinois. Severe storm warnings were issued for parts of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
Many Kansas highways were closed, as high winds and dust storms caused crashes and reduced visibility on the roads. In some areas, speeds reached more than 160 kilometers per hour, roofs torn off and trailers overturned. More than 166,000 Kansas homes and businesses operated by the largest electric company, Evergie, were without power.
In Lamar, Colorado, storms reached 110 km/h. The Colorado Springs Fire Department reported on Twitter that it received 635 summonses within five hours. It also had to intervene when the wind smashed the roof of one of the firefighters.
Denver International Airport canceled more than 100 flights and caused 288 delays due to strong winds.
From New York, Andrei Dobroolsky (PAP)
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