Ohio breaks snowfall records as winter storm moves north

Ohio breaks snowfall records as winter storm moves north

Ohio breaks snowfall records as winter storm moves north

Millions of Americans remain under a winter storm as a powerful winter storm pushes northeast, leaving behind heavy snow, flash flooding and strong thunderstorms.

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

It comes a day after a tornado hit Texas, wreaking havoc in its path.

No deaths have been reported.

Dayton, Ohio, broke a 108-year-old snowfall record after recording 12 inches of snow on Wednesday, according to the NWS. The previous record of 4.9 inches was set in 1915.

Snowfall from Texas to Maine is expected to range between 4 and 8 inches, according to the NWS, while northern New England and surrounding areas could see 8 to 12 inches, resulting in potentially hazardous travel conditions in the area.

More than 120,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas were without power as of Wednesday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us. Chicago Midway International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport accounted for the most flight cancellations in the country.

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

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

“And now as it tracks north and northeast, it meets the cold air and we’re seeing heavy snow, one to two inches per hour.”

A tornado wreaked havoc in parts of Texas on Tuesday

The tornado caused severe damage in parts of Texas

The biggest concerns are power outages from the Midwest to New England, he said, as a result of heavy snow and high winds.

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

Meanwhile, residents in parts of Texas are still cleaning up debris from Tuesday’s tornado.

“In my 25 years here, this is probably the worst damage I’ve seen,” Pasadena, Texas Police Chief Josh Bridger told reporters.

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

Emergency crews who have already begun the process of restoring power and clearing debris are preparing for the next round of severe weather.

“For the next few days, we will have our hands full,” Mr Bruegger said.

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