Violent tornadoes produce massive damage in Texas, US

Violent tornadoes produce massive damage in Texas, US

Severe weather conditions continued across Texas on December 26, 2015, as several violent tornadoes swept the area killing 11 people. The total death toll caused by extreme weather conditions in the US since December 23 is now 29.

Only a few days after the storm on Christmas Eve wreaked havoc across parts of south and midwest US, deadly weather continued. About 15 million people across the US are facing extreme weather conditions as of December 26, as a large winter storm was expected to hit the southern Rockies and the southern Plains during December 26 and 27 with heavy snow, sleet and possible blizzard conditions.

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According to the National Weather Service (NWS) a few cities around Dallas were hit by tornadoes and numerous homes suffered extensive damage in a "historic blizzard" event on December 26.

356 mm (14 inches) of snowfall accompanied with extremely cold winds and accumulating ice has been reported in some parts of Texas Panhandle.

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In Mississippi, the Emergency Management Agency reported 56 injuries and 241 homes destroyed or severely damaged. In total over 400 homes have been affected by the severe storms.

Record amount of rainfall has been battering parts of southeastern US since December 23. The city of Mobile in Alabama measured 101.6 mm (4 inches) of precipitation, an amount that broke a previous record of 55.8 mm (2.2 inches) set in 1990.

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The widespread flooding in Alabama caused 190 roads to close, the governor's office reported. On the late afternoon on December 26 (local time) a flood warning was in effect for parts of northern Alabama.

More than 400 homes in total were affected, he said. Severe storms are forecast for Sunday night through Monday as a strong cold front pushes through. Tornadoes are possible, and residents are asked to remain alert.

"Heavy snowfall amounts of 254 to 457.2 mm (10 to 18 inches) are forecast through Sunday evening across much of western/northwestern Texas, with 457.2 to 609.6 mm (18 to 24 inches) forecast across portions of New Mexico."

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The highest severe weather risk is expected in metro regions of Houston, Dallas, Austin and New Orleans. 1.2 million people in the area from New Mexico, the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle have been put under a blizzard warning. Ice accumulations and strong winds are expected from central Oklahoma into Kansas.

Severe storms and heavy rainfall are possible across parts of the Gulf coast through the southern Plains to Ohio Valley.

The weather system could bring between 127 and 254 mm (5 and 10 inches) of snowfall across parts of central and northern Maine.

In contrast to snowy, wet and cold weather conditions, record-breaking temperatures, from 15 to 25 degrees above normal are expected to continue in the Northeast US until later next week.

Featured image: Violent tornado in Texas, December 26, 2015. Image credit: Rising CA

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