Deadly storm front sweeps across rural America

Mar 8, 2019  | 2 min  | Ep4429

The first big storm of the season swept through the South early this week killing 23 in Alabama.

Cold air slammed into a warm front spawning 34 twisters across several states. Winds in Alabama topped 170 miles per hour and cut a mile-wide swath stretching 70 miles. Alabama’s governor asked for, and received, federal disaster assistance as more than 100 homes were destroyed in the southeastern portion of the state.

Sunday’s storm was the deadliest since the Moore, Oklahoma tornado in May of 2013.

Cold air remained in Alabama following the storm as another Arctic blast gripped much of the country.

Even more snow fell late in the week as another weather system prompted advisories from Montana to West Virginia.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory this week for areas along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis. As snow piles stay high in the northern Corn Belt and High Plains, the recent weather events only add to the potential for widespread flooding. The NWS issued a flood warning and adds much of the mainstream river has a high chance of reaching flood stage levels that could hit previous record crests. The severity will depend on the rate of snow melt combined with a weekend prediction for spring rains.

Moderate to major flooding is already occurring along the Mississippi from Cairo, Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico.

For Market to Market, I’m Paul Yeager.

  

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