In tornado destruction in Dallas, a tale of a rescue attempt

In tornado destruction in Dallas, a tale of a rescue attempt

Parts of New Mexico saw even more snow.

An unusual amount of late-fall rain had the river already high before torrential downpours that began Saturday. The affected areas could receive more than eight inches of snow, the agency said, with possible snowdrifts higher than six feet.

West Alton officials on Sunday ordered evacuations, saying the expected crest of 38.9 feet on Thursday will top the levee by almost 5 feet. Links to ways you can help families all across North Texas impacted by the tornadoes can be found on this page.

National Weather Service survey teams headed out Sunday to determine the number and strength of the tornadoes, of which meteorologist Matt Bishop believed there were multiple.

The Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service said there was an unconfirmed report of a tornado in eastern Ellis. "I've never been that close to tragedy like that", King said. Some areas have reported local flooding from heavy rains overnight and throughout the previous week.

More than 200 flights were canceled when the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for the Dallas International Airport on Sunday.

As of 5pm EST (2200 GMT), more than 2,400 United States flights had been cancelled yesterday, according to, while another 3,700 delays were reported.

A range of precipitation was forecast Monday for the USA midsection, including heavy snow, ice and blustery winds in parts of 11 states and heavy rain in already-waterlogged parts of Missouri and Arkansas. Most other roads across West Texas and the panhandle had also reopened by late Monday.

Vito Randazzo, of Alpine, California, was driving across the country and was among those who got stuck, beginning at about 8 p.m. Sunday. He added that the roadway was snow-packed and icy.

Many trees in the area were uprooted and snapped into pieces like this one on the frontage road of I-30 in Garland during tornadoes which hit Garland, Texas on Dec 28.

Flash flooding closed roads across Alabama and trapped motorists in rapidly rising waters. The U.S. State Department is in the process of notifying family members, it said.

Extreme weather was Mother Nature's harsh holiday present for the Midwest and Deep South this year, and more wild weather is expected in the East through Tuesday.

North Texas was struck by at least nine tornadoes, with serious damage caused to property. Fifteen people were hurt and 600 structures were damaged.

El Niños can cause more frequent and intense storms, as well as massive economic damage, like the major El Niño in 1997.

The tornadoes hit hard in Texas where up to 600 buildings came down in winds that reached 300 kilometres an hour near Dallas. The area was under a tornado warning at the time, but no tornado has been confirmed.

At least 69 tornadoes have touched down in the United States in just the past week, Javaheri said.

A staggering 100,000 customers across the state were without power Monday morning, said Matt Skinner, public information manager for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Tornadoes have struck for seven days in a row and together with heavy flooding have killed at least 43 people in the Christmas period. The National Weather Service says 1 to 4 inches has fallen from the Albany area northwest to the Mohawk Valley and north to the southern Adirondacks. Flash floods killed at least 13 people in Missouri and IL.

Now, snow, hail and stormy winds have blocked the air traffic across the US.

The National Weather Service warned of "blizzard conditions" from west Texas into Kansas, and "hazardous ice accumulations" in Oklahoma.

The bad weather caused two candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, to cancel campaign events in Iowa.

"It's like he trusted me with her", King told an NBC Dallas affilliate. DPS said only a small section of the highway in Amarillo remained open.

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