Late-winter storm hits Midwest after paralyzing Colorado

Late-winter storm hits Midwest after paralyzing Colorado

This storm of epic proportions has been dumping heavy amounts of rain and snow, leaving tens of thousands without electricity and causing the death of a police officer in Colorado.

The quickly rising floods evacuated people from their homes, washed out roads in communities, and left farmers anxious all the water would drown livestock.

The restrictions came as the river reached moderate flood stage at almost 32 feet on Friday at Omaha, where it's expected to crest at almost 34 feet on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. But the effects aren't expected to be as bad as what was seen farther west and south on Thursday, said meteorologist Paul Fajman in Omaha.

Blizzards in Colorado and Wyoming and winds of up to 97 miles per hour on Wednesday shut down highways, interstates and airports, and knocked out power to about 184,000 homes and businesses in the Denver area, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP). Thunderstorms and flash flood warnings are also up in MI and Kansas.

The storm also significantly increased spring flood worries in the Red River Valley in the Upper Midwest, where the neighboring cities of Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, experienced a record flood 10 years ago.

In Sioux Falls, S.D., the eponymous falls were raging Wednesday and Thursday, and floodwaters forced dozens of road closures.

Parts of seven states were under blizzard warnings, and 20 states were under some level of high wind alert, Carbin said.

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that he had spoken to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts about the flooding. The National Weather Service in an updated outlook Friday said "significant" snowmelt flooding is likely in the valley.

A general view of the blizzard in Greeley Colorado

The massive late-winter storm hit Colorado on Wednesday, causing widespread power outages, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and wreaking havoc on roadways.

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

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.

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

Parts of Kentucky and IN have been under tornado warnings Thursday - and one touched down IN Union County, Ky., where a motorist recorded video of the twister on his cellphone.

Experts say the storm has developed into a "bomb cyclone", when atmospheric pressure takes a big drop creating hurricane winds, tornados and severe blizzards. Air rushed into the low-pressure area and then rose into the atmosphere, causing severe weather.

In Michigan, a tornado touchdown was reported Thursday in Vernon, southwest of Flint, and in nearby Durand. Groves had gotten out of his patrol auto to check on another vehicle that had slid off the road, police said.

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