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Severe Storm Set to Disrupt Travel Across Central and Eastern United States

January 8, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a relentless onslaught, a powerful winter storm is wreaking havoc from the Southwest to the Northeast, bringing a barrage of snow, blizzards, heavy rain, and tornado threats. Travel nightmares have ensued, with treacherous road conditions and a surge in flight delays and cancellations.

Key Impacts:

  • Blizzard conditions forecasted for New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
  • Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama brace for tornadoes, severe winds, and heavy rainfall.
  • Gulf Coast and Southeastern states, including New Orleans and Mobile, face severe weather risks.
  • Central and Southern Plains anticipate near-impossible driving conditions and sub-zero wind chills.
  • Interior Northeast gears up for heavy snowfall; flooding, damaging winds, and tornado threats extend.

Flight Disruptions:

  • Over 6,000 flights delayed and 828 canceled, with Bradley International Airport reporting 20% cancellations.
  • Ongoing impact from prior storms and Boeing jet grounding compounds travel challenges.

Severe Weather Outlook:

  • Enhanced risk of severe weather in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
  • Widespread flooding concerns from the Gulf Coast to New England.
  • Saturated ground amplifies risks of trees falling, power outages, and damaging winds.

Coastal Threats:

  • High wind alerts for over 60 million people in the Southern Plains; potential hurricane-force winds.
  • Coastal areas face 8 to 11 feet high surf, significant beach erosion, and dangerous rip currents.

Extended Outlook:

  • Storm system expected to taper off later in the week, but a potential follow-up storm looms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit: CNN

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