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An intense winter storm – a "bomb blast" of snow and wind – has blocked drivers and interstates blocked in the Rockies and Plains regions of the United States. The Colorado National Guard said Thursday that it has now rescued 75 people and two dogs, after checking on 148 vehicles stranded in the storm.
The winter storm has been linked to at least one death. The Colorado state patrol says Cpl. Daniel Groves, 52, died on Interstate 76 after being hit by a Volvo whose pilot lost control. Groves had come out of his patrol car to check on another vehicle that had slipped off the road, police said.
A few hours earlier, the Colorado State Patrol had reiterated its request to leave the streets and stay at home if possible, warning of the risk of accidents.
Many state agencies are repeating this appeal on Thursday, with predicted blizzard conditions on parts of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Minnesota. The National Weather Service says the intense climate may have peaked – but it is still not leaving.
"The journey will remain difficult and life threatening in these areas, with improved conditions from Thursday evening to Friday, while the storm goes further north-east", says the NWS.
"All state offices will be closed today" The governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, announced citing the warnings of meteorists of intense winds.
In Sioux Falls, SD, the epic falls raged on Wednesday and Thursday, and the floods forced dozens of closed roads. The city published a video of the vast floods, urging people to stay away from high waters.
Here is a look at the floods around the Sioux Falls. Hundreds of employees are giving everything to protect and help Sioux Falls. Please stay away from flooded areas, exercise patience and caution while traveling today. #onesiouxfalls pic.twitter.com/3fHf0YVBvX
– City of Sioux Falls (@CitySiouxFalls) 14 March 2019
Around noon, the rainfall of the Sioux Falls should have turned from rain to snow – which has already brought dangerous conditions in the western part of the state.
"The Interstate 90 in western South Dakota is closed for more than 200 miles," Gary Ellenbolt of the South Dakota Public Broadcasting reports for NPR from the city of Aberdeen.
Ellenbolt also sued Tony Mangan of the state's public security department, who said: "I mean, if you don't have snow in some parts of the state, you have floods in the south-east and south parts of the center. Honestly, to stay at home. "
Nebraska, under the state of emergency since Tuesday evening, is trying to cope with historic floods. The state says shelters are currently providing aid to more than 100 people who have been forced to evacuate their homes, with shelters open in parts of Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas.
Only one of the many streets outside. These will not appear on the 511 map as they are country roads. Damage to roads and bridges and storm conditions can have deadly consequences. Please stay home (the road is in Bassett's Rock County N, the Carnes bridge) pic.twitter.com/2r03FymKJh
– NSP_TrooperGena (@NSP_TrooperGena) 14 March 2019
The meteorological term "cyclone bomb" refers to a storm that intensifies very quickly, a process called bombogenesis – in which the barometric pressure drops by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours This is what happened in some parts of the central United States , where one day before snowstorm conditions, many areas like Denver enjoyed sunny weather in the years 50 and 60.
"A cyclone bomb on the east coast in this period l & # 39 ; last year it killed more people, interrupted the train and air service and threw power down to about 2 million people, "NPR Rebecca Hersher reported.
The current cyclone bomb also hit parts of Texas – included in Amarillo, where strong winds pushed ro a semitruck on Wednesday on the highway. The winds also forced the evacuation of the control tower of the local airport and knocked out power in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.
The areas to the east and south of the cyclone bomb are also facing difficult conditions on Thursday – with the official spring start less than a week away.
"Heavy rains, melting snow and ice jams on rivers have produced widespread flooding throughout the northern Midwest," federal meteorologists said. As the storm moves eastward, it will weaken, but it will still carry risks of strong winds, hail and air horns in a large region from the Great Lakes to the South, says the NWS.
Parts of Kentucky and the Indiana were under alert tornado Thursday – and one landed in Union County, California, where a motorist recorded the twister video on his cell phone.
Anyone looking for good weather news might want to look towards California, which has finally got good news after enduring tragic climatic and climatic events, from fires to floods. As the KPBS member station reports "California is free of drought and only a small amount of land remains in the least abnormal dryness after a very wet winter."