northern Midwest sees blizzards, tornadoes hit South
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[February 03, 2016]
By Mary Wisniewski
(Reuters) - A major storm system brought a
mix of bad weather on Tuesday to much of the central United States, with
a band of tornadoes downing trees in Alabama and Mississippi and heavy
snow blanketing the northern Midwest.
The National Weather Service said eight tornadoes had hit eastern
Mississippi and another had struck western Alabama, with another two
possible in the state. The Mississippi storms had blown roofs off,
flipped mobile homes and downed trees, it said.
Emergency officials in Alabama's Pickens and Fayette counties said
the tornadoes had downed trees and power lines, with some structures
"At this point there are no major injuries or fatalities, which is a
blessing," said Pickens County Engineer Sky Hallmon.
The National Weather Service said more tornadoes were possible in
Alabama through the evening. Tornado watches were in effect for
central Tennessee and central Kentucky, which means conditions exist
for a possible tornado
Winter storm and blizzard warnings were in place from the central
Rocky Mountains to northern Michigan, the NWS said. Northern
Wisconsin and Michigan are forecast to receive the highest amounts,
with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of snow, according to the National
St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have declared a snow emergency,
with parking restrictions, while state government offices in several
counties of southeast South Dakota closed early on Tuesday due to
snow and high winds.
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Stormy weather has affected U.S. air travel, with 2,419 flight
delays and 721 cancellations, with airports in Minneapolis, Chicago
and Denver hit the hardest, according to the FlightAware website.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago, Ian Simpson in Washington,
D.c. and Letitia Stein in Tampa, Florida; Editing by David Gregorio
and Andrew Hay)
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