Ohio breaks snowfall record as winter storm moves north

Millions of Americans remain on the watch for a winter storm as a powerful winter storm moves in from the Northeast, leaving heavy snowfall, flash flooding and violent thunderstorms in its wake.

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

It comes the day after a tornado passes through Texas, causing major damage along its route.

No deaths have been reported.

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

Snowfall from Texas to Maine is expected to be between 4 and 8 inches, according to the NWS, while northern New England and surrounding areas could fall between 8 and 12 inches, which could make travel conditions unsafe in the area.

More than 120,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas have been without power since Wednesday night, according to PowerOutage.us. Chicago Midway International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport accounted for the majority of flight cancellations in the country.

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

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

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

The tornado caused severe damage in parts of Texas

She said the biggest concerns were power outages from the Midwest to New England as a result of heavy snowfall and high winds.

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

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

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

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

Rescue teams, which have already begun the process of restoring power and clearing debris, are preparing for another round of bad weather.

“We’ll have our hands full in the coming days,” Bruegger said.

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