‘Bomb cyclone’ triggers flooding on Mississippi, Missouri rivers
(Reuters) – A formidable, late-winter “bomb cyclone” hurricane driven into the U.S. Midwest and the Great Lakes area on Friday, inflicting flooding alongside the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, stranding herds of farm animals and elevating alarms at a Nebraska nuclear energy plant.
A common view of the snowstorm in Greeley, Colorado, U.S. March 13, 2019 on this image bought from social media. Mandatory credit score TWITTER @PHOTOWILLG/by way of REUTERS
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued an emergency declaration for the state, bringing up forecasts of as much as 2 toes (zero.61 m) of snow and prime winds which might be anticipated to make shuttle “difficult to impossible” on roads.
“Nebraskans should watch the forecast closely in the coming days and be prepared for severe weather events in conjunction with potential historic flooding,” Ricketts mentioned within the declaration. “As Nebraskans know, conditions can change quickly, and everyone needs to be prepared.”
Ranchers posted photographs on social media in their farm animals being dug out of snowdrifts or stranded in fields.
“Widespread and extremely dangerous flooding will continue today and tonight,” the National Weather Service place of job in Omaha, Nebraska, mentioned on Friday in a observation.
Many streams will see average to main flooding throughout the weekend, the provider mentioned, and flooding alongside the Missouri River will proceed into subsequent week.
Meteorologists referred to the hurricane as a “bomb cyclone,” a wintry weather typhoon that bureaucracy when the barometric drive drops 24 millibars in 24 hours.
The Nebraska Public Power District declared an “unusual event” at its Cooper Nuclear Station energy plant on Friday because of the potential of flooding alongside the Missouri.
Workers crammed sandbags alongside the river levee and procured different fabrics for flood coverage, the company mentioned. It mentioned the plant persevered to function safely and there was once no rapid danger to plant workers or to the general public.
In Iowa, a crisis proclamation through Governor Kim Reynolds, issued after reviews of flooding on Thursday, remained in impact.
At the hurricane’s height, 2 toes of snow was once dumped on Colorado’s mountain areas, forcing the cancellation of greater than 1,300 flights in Denver and stranding greater than 1,000 motorists on roadsides. Many needed to be rescued through police, who used faculty buses to ferry them to protection.
More than 1,200 flights have been canceled national on Friday and just about 17,000 have been not on time, consistent with the flight-tracking site Flightaware.com.
Most energy outages have been cleared through early Friday, consistent with the monitoring web site PowerOutage.
Reporting through Rich McKay; Additional reporting through Keith Coffman, Dan Whitcomb and Scott DiSavino; Writing through Dan Whitcomb, Editing through Jonathan Oatis and Rosalba O’Brien