Tornado Sirens Wail As Strong Winds Sweep Across Texas And The South

Tornado sirens wailed in Dallas and other parts of Texas on Thursday, and high winds flipped multiple tractor-trailers as severe weather hit the state and others, officials said. There had been no immediate reports of deaths. Oncor, a Texas utility, reported that over 170,000 homes and businesses were without power Thursday night.

Tornadoes were reported in Franklin and Hopkins counties in Texas, east of Dallas, as well as in the Shreveport, Louisiana, area, according to the National Weather Service. Storm surveys are conducted to confirm the existence of reported tornadoes.

High and damaging winds struck parts of the southern United States as mountainous areas of Southern California remained buried under feet of snow, trapping people, according to authorities there.

Tornado Sirens Wail As Strong Winds Sweep Across Texas And The South
Tornado Sirens Wail As Strong Winds Sweep Across Texas And The South

Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for 13 counties, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office has said that MREs will be flown to affected communities by helicopter. A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the California National Guard was dispatched to assist on Thursday.

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“We know that roofs are starting to collapse,” said Dawn Rowe, chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, whose district includes some of the hardest-hit areas.

San Bernardino County Sheriff posted some photos and videos from their official tweeter account. You can see the Tweet below.
.@SBCSDAviation conducted an assessment of the current conditions in our local mountains. This will help us assist @sbcounty Public Works & @SBCOUNTYFIRE with our ongoing relief response. For emergencies please call/text 9-1-1. Or call the hotline (909) 387-3911 for more info.

— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) March 2, 2023

According to the county fire department, around 10 feet of snow fell in some of the county’s mountain communities east of Los Angeles. The California Department of Transportation, known as Caltrans, reported that plowing was being done around the clock to try to clear roads.

County Fire Chief Dan Munsey said Wednesday that the department had responded to nearly 100 rescue calls. According to the National Weather Service, the snow total for Snow Valley in the San Bernardino Mountains from Feb. 22 to Wednesday was 120 inches or 10 feet. It was 91 inches in Crestline, where a grocery store roof collapsed this week.

A Tweet from Caltrans District 8 shows the destruction of a tornado.

Andrew Braggins, 43, of Crestline, told The Associated Press that the weight of the snow caused the ceiling in his kitchen to bow, prompting him to shovel his roof, which had accumulated 5 feet.

As per the news “I have friends just a few roads away who have been without power for days,” Braggins said in one of his statements “You can prepare for a storm. But the storm just kept coming.”

How many peoples were warned?

According to the weather service, tornado watches were issued for approximately 3.5 million people in Texas and the South on Thursday night. The warnings extended east of Dallas into Arkansas and northern Louisiana.

A storm hit Louisiana State University Shreveport around 5:45 p.m., causing minor damage. There were no injuries, but the winds were strong enough to move two shipping containers parked in a campus parking lot, according to Erin Smith, university Communications Director.

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The Shreveport weather service said it would investigate potential damage areas in the area to see if tornadoes had formed. The agency’s video appeared to show one in Shreveport. Five overturned tractor-trailers were discovered on highways north and east of Dallas, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

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