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Bomb Cyclone Continues its March Across the Nation

16 March, 2019, 23:41 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Bomb cyclone pushes east across U.S. after winter siege of Midwest Rockies

A powerful "bomb cyclone" that slammed Colorado with snow and hurricane-force winds is now threatening towns in central United States with heavy rains, flooding and even tornadoes.

The storm left quickly rising floods in its wake in parts of eastern Nebraska and Iowa that saw residents evacuated from their homes, roads washed out in communities, and farmers anxious all the water would drown livestock. But meteorologist Paul Fajman in Omaha says the effects aren't expected to be as bad as what was seen farther west and south.

Wyoming closed state offices in Cheyenne, while South Dakota's governor ordered state offices closed in 39 central and western counties because of the storm.

The storm's center was over Iowa and Nebraska on Thursday and will continue delivering unsafe weather conditions to 105 million people who are under some sort of watch, warning or advisory as it moves east and then north into Canada. In addition to the turbulence pilots also reported a 20 knot loss of airspeed due to a severe mountain wave which nearly caused the plane to stall. On Thursday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an emergency disaster proclamation and activated the state emergency operations center, and all or part of nine state parks were closed due to rising floodwaters. Per NBC News, as many as 74 million people across America should be expecting severe conditions such as blizzards, heavy rains and flooding.

Fajman said parts of northeastern Iowa also can expect more flooding Friday and into the weekend. The National Weather Service in an updated outlook Friday said "significant" snowmelt flooding is likely in the valley.

Winter Storm Ulmer is still hammering the Plains with snow, high winds and blizzard conditions on Thursday after killing at least two as the storm became a bomb cyclone. A wind gust clocked in at 97 miles per hour (156 kph) in Colorado Springs. When that much air rushes higher into the atmosphere, it causes severe weather. Evacuations also are occurring in several eastern Nebraska communities.

In the Texas Panhandle, a utility worker was killed while working to restore power amid strong winds pushed in by the storm.

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The Colorado State Patrol said one of its troopers, 52-year-old Corporal Daniel Groves, was killed northeast of Denver when a vehicle veered out of control and struck him as he was helping the victims of another auto accident.

A storm like this brings with it all sorts of hazardous weather.

The Colorado National Guard announced it had rescued 93 people and two dogs after inspecting about 250 vehicles. There are no immediate reports of any injuries, but homes and trees were damaged and power was knocked out to thousands.

Tornado watches were issued in parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee on Thursday.

CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller reported that the current storm pressure has "dropped 24 millibars in the last 18 hours" so the phenomenon definitely ticks all the criteria of a bomb cyclone.

"It is a tragic reminder that people's lives are at stake", said Shoshana Lew, head of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

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