January 27, 2023

Millions of Americans remain under a winter storm watch as a powerful winter storm moves northeast leaving heavy snow, flash flooding, and severe thunderstorms in its wake.

The National Weather Service issued multiple tornado warnings Wednesday as the storm swept across northwest Florida and south Georgia.

It comes a day after a tornado tore through Texas, causing severe destruction along its route.

No deaths were reported.

Dayton, Ohio, broke a 108-year-old record for snowfall after registering 5 inches (12 cm) of snow on Wednesday, according to NWS. The previous record of 4.9 inches was set in 1915.

Snowfall from Texas to Maine is expected to reach between 4 and 8 inches, according to the NWS, while northern New England and surrounding areas can see eight to 12 inches, potentially creating dangerous travel conditions in the region.

More than 110,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas were without power as of Wednesday night, according to PowerOutage.us. Chicago’s Midway International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport were responsible for most of the country’s flight cancellations.

Wednesday’s storms are a continuation of low-pressure systems that developed off the coasts of Texas and Florida and are moving north, said Rachel Cobb, meteorologist at the NWS.

“It’s sucking a lot of energy and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and that’s what triggered the storms yesterday,” Ms Cobb told the BBC.

“And now as it moves north and northeast it meets the cold air and we see the heavy snow, one to two inches an hour.”

A tornado wreaked havoc across parts of Texas on Tuesday

The tornado wreaked havoc in parts of Texas

The biggest concern is power outages from the Midwest to New England, she said, as a result of heavy snowfall and strong winds.

Flash flooding and thunderstorms remain possible in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama.

Meanwhile, residents of parts of Texas are still clearing debris from the tornado that struck Tuesday.

“In my 25 years here, this is probably the worst damage I’ve seen,” Josh Bruegger, a police chief in Pasadena, Texas, told reporters.

In Pasadena, 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Houston, roads were blocked by uprooted poles and downed power lines, and “several commercial vehicles were overturned,” the Pasadena Police Department tweeted.

Responders, who have already begun restoring power and clearing debris, prepare for the next round of inclement weather.

“We have our hands full for the coming days,” said Bruegger.

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