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Video Shows ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Blowing Over 18-Wheeler

By Zachary Stieber

A video shows high winds from the “bomb cyclone” blowing over an 18-wheeler on a highway in Texas.

The video was captured by driver Blake Brown.

It showed the truck, traveling in Amarillo, being blown onto its side and sliding across the road.

“Oh my God. Oh my God,” Brown can be heard saying as he watches the truck after it blew over.

He also recorded a man trying to pick up roof panels that blew onto the road.

High winds dealt widespread damage in North Texas, reported CBS, including overturning a mobile home in Johnson County, toppling a large tree onto a house in Dallas, and upending planes at the Grand Prarie Municipal Airport.

Winds Blow Over 18-Wheeler In Amarillo

WATCH: Powerful wind gusts in Amarillo blew over an 18-wheeler along a highway. Those strong winds from the storm system dubbed the "bomb cyclone" tore through Texas on Wednesday. (Credit: Blake Brown/LSM)FOR MORE: https://cbsloc.al/2O5ZMpz

CBS DFW 发布于 2019年3月14日周四

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the winter storm that was hitting the central U.S. included blizzard conditions, severe thunderstorms, and isolated flooding in addition to heavy winds.

The conditions were affecting millions of people.

“Bombogenesis occurs when a mid-latitude cyclone (sometimes referred to as a “bomb cyclone”) rapidly or explosively intensifies over a 24-hour period. This type of storm system usually, but not always (as in this case), accelerates and strengthens over the ocean as its central pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. (A millibar measures atmospheric pressure),” the administration stated.

“The term bombogenesis is a meteorological one that specifically deals with the measurement of atmospheric pressure. The effects and hazards of this week’s fast-developing, low-pressure weather system include: High, intense winds that can cause power outages; blizzard conditions with heavy, blowing snow and white-out conditions; and rainfall on snow that can cause river flooding.”

Joe Miller’s beard freezes over as he walks through downtown Casper, Wyo., during a winter storm on March 13, 2019. (Josh Galemore/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

Storm Hits Midwest After Paralyzing Colorado

After slamming Colorado earlier in the week, the storm barreled into the Midwest on Thursday, March 14.

Emergency crews responded after a vehicle was swept off a road in Norfolk, Nebraska, and rising water along the Elkhorn River prompted evacuations in the city of 24,000 people. The missing individual had not been found by midday Thursday.

Evacuations also occurred in several other eastern Nebraska communities and at least one Iowa town. Cara Jamison and her neighbors had to leave their homes in Fremont, Nebraska, after water and ice chunks from a flooding Platte River blocked their street.

Jamison and her husband moved photo albums and important papers to the second floor of their home before checking in to a hotel Wednesday. They hoped to return home Friday.

“Photos are the important things,” she said. “Furniture can be replaced.”

South Dakota’s governor closed all state offices Thursday as the blizzard conditions moved in, while wind, blowing snow and snow-packed roadways also made travel treacherous in western Nebraska.

Heavy rain caused flooding in eastern parts of both states, as well as in Iowa. Several cities in the region have been hit by rain this week, with records set Wednesday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Sioux City, Iowa.

A policeman talks to a driver as snow clogs the roads in Lone Tree, Colorado in this March 13, 2019, handout photo. (City of Lone Tree, Colo./Handout via Reuters)

“We’ve got a lot of water, and it’s got to find a way to get out of here,” said Tracy West, mayor of Lennox, South Dakota, where the 2,400 residents were asked to conserve water to prevent an overwhelming of the city’s wastewater system.

The massive late-winter storm hit Colorado on Wednesday, causing widespread power outages, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and wreaking havoc on roadways as drivers became overwhelmed by blinding snow. A wind gust clocked in at 97 mph in Colorado Springs.

Xcel Energy said it had restored power to some 360,000 customers in Colorado but that thousands remained without electricity Thursday. Some may have no power into the weekend.

In the Texas Panhandle, a utility worker was killed while working to restore power amid strong winds pushed in by the storm. Wind gusts in the area exceeded 80 mph. And in New Mexico, 36 miners at a nuclear waste repository were trapped underground in an elevator for about three hours because of a power outage caused by the extreme weather. Outages also were reported from North Dakota to Nebraska.

The storm also contributed to the death of Daniel Groves, a Colorado State Patrol officer who was hit and killed by a car as he helped another driver who had slid off Interstate 76 near Denver.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.