Latest Update To Dangerous U.S. Storms As The Midwest & South Brace For More Bad Weather
The United States saw extreme weather ravage the Midwest and South, and it's not over yet. Over the holiday weekend, at least 43 people died from fierce tornadoes and flash flooding, and dangerous storms across the country have put states from Texas to Missouri to Illinois on high alert as they brace for more bad weather through Monday morning and into the end of the week.
According to CNN, at least 24 lives were taken during the massive storm that has stretched across the country. It's the very same storm system that's responsible for multiple tornadoes in Texas over the weekend as well as wintry conditions in New Mexico and flooding in Midwest states. The National Weather Service reports the storm is expected to lift slowly by Tuesday, but hazardous weather conditions could continue to exist through the week.
In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Sunday evening after the state saw eight deaths from overwhelming flooding over the weekend. According to the Associated Press, four international soldiers who were stationed at Fort Leonard Wood are among those who died; authorities have yet to disclose the nationalities of the deceased soldiers. More rain and flooding is expected through Monday.
Texas is still recovering from dangerous tornadoes that ravaged cities like Garland, located 20 miles northeast of Dallas, over the weekend. The Lone Star State will be the site of freezing temperatures through Monday, and 8 to 16 inches of snow could be expected.
For Illinois, a winter storm warning, flash flood watch, and freezing rain advisory were put into effect by the National Weather Service.
A blizzard warning has been issued for New Mexico, Oklahoma, and West Texas through Monday night. According to the National Weather service, these states could see heavy snow of 8 inches or more. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has issued a state of emergency due to the "dire" weather conditions.
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