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USBomb cyclone slams Plains, Midwest with heavy winds, snow

22:00  14 march  2019
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Couple Stuck In Snow For 6 Hours After Dream Vacation Derailed By Bomb Cyclone

Couple Stuck In Snow For 6 Hours After Dream Vacation Derailed By Bomb Cyclone A couple from Colorado Springs made their way to Denver International Airport Wednesday morning before the blizzard set in, derailing their plans for a trip to New York City.

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A strong storm with whipping winds and heavy snow that grounded flights, stranded drivers and knocked out power for thousands in the Plains states threatened on Thursday to bring misery to the Midwest.

The Colorado National Guard said they had checked 250 stranded vehicles and rescued 93 people by early Thursday afternoon — "Plus two dogs!" The Associated Press reported that the Guard was using specialized vehicles with tank-like tire treads in the heavy snow.

Historic floods hit Nebraska after 'bomb cyclone' storm

Historic floods hit Nebraska after 'bomb cyclone' storm Large parts of Nebraska and the U.S. Central Plains were underwater on Saturday after a late-winter "bomb cyclone" storm triggered historic flooding along the Missouri and Platte rivers, causing two deaths, tearing apart homes and swallowing roadways. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The National Weather Service predicted dangerous flooding would continue through the weekend in Nebraska and in south and west central Iowa, particularly along the Missouri River.

"Stay safe many roads are still impassible, it's easy to get stuck out there," said a tweet from the Guard at about noon local time.

In El Paso County, more than 1,100 motorists were stranded Wednesday night, according to the sheriff's office. "Search and rescue operations are ongoing but road conditions are treacherous," Sheriff Bill Elder said on Facebook. "STAY HOME TOMORROW!"

About 86,000 customers in Colorado and 47,000 in New Mexico and northern Texas were without electricity early Thursday, according to Xcel Energy.

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Xcel spokesman Mark Stutz told the AP that power might not be restored for days since zero visibility conditions were hampering repair workers' efforts.

Winds in Colorado Springs gusted at 97 mph on Wednesday, and 80 mph at Denver International Airport, which closed all runways simultaneously for only the fourth time in its history. Almost 1,400 flights were canceled Wednesday because of white-out conditions.

By Thursday morning, nearly 700 more flights into and out of the airport were canceled, according to

Blizzard conditions were forecast to continue Thursday in northeast Colorado, along with eastern Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

From eastern Colorado to the Ohio Valley, about 77 million people were under high wind watches and warnings, according to the National Weather Service. From 6 to 12 inches of snow was expected to fall in the central and northern Plains through Thursday.

"Travel will remain difficult and life threatening across these areas," the NWS warned.

Bomb cyclone slams Plains, Midwest with heavy winds, snow© David Zalubowski Trees snapped by high winds from a late winter storm packing hurricane-force winds and snow cover the Eugene Field house in Washington Park on March 13, 2019, in Denver, Colorado.

The storm had already contributed to at least one death. A Colorado State Patrol officer, Cpl. Daniel Groves, 52, was killed Wednesday after he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 76 while responding to another vehicle that slid off the road.

In New Mexico, the storm's high winds derailed a train on Wednesday, according to state police. And in Texas, the intense winds flipped a semi truck in Amarillo.

Meteorologists say a sudden and severe drop in ground-level air pressure, allowing air to rush in and rise into the atmosphere, causes storms of this severity. They call the rapid change in pressure a "bomb cyclone" or "bombogenesis."

Australia hit with second 'severe' cylcone in two days.
A severe category 3 cyclone blew into the key mining region of Pilbara in Western Australia Sunday, forcing evacuations and a halt to port operations, as the north of the country dealt with the effects of an even more powerful storm that hit the previous day. 

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