Ohio breaks snowfall record as winter storm moves north

Ohio breaks snowfall record as winter storm moves north

Millions of Americans remain under winter storm watch as a powerful winter storm pushes northeast, leaving heavy snowfall, flash flooding and severe thunderstorms in its wake.

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

It comes a day after a tornado tore through Texas, causing severe destruction along its path.

No deaths have been reported.

Dayton, Ohio, broke a 108-year 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 reach between 4 and 8 inches, according to the NWS, while northern New England and surrounding areas could see 8 to 12 inches, which could lead to dangerous travel conditions in the region.

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

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

“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 heads north and northeast, it encounters cold air and we see heavy snowfall, one to two inches per hour.”

A tornado caused severe damage in parts of Texas on Tuesday

The tornado caused severe destruction in parts of Texas

The biggest concerns are power outages from the Midwest to New England, she said, due to heavy snow and high winds.

Flash flooding and thunderstorms remain a possibility 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 worst damage I’ve seen,” Pasadena, Texas police chief Josh Bruegger told reporters.

In Pasadena, 15 miles southeast of Houston, roads were blocked by uprooted poles and downed power lines and “several commercial trucks were 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 wave of bad weather.

“For the days ahead, we’re going to have our hands full,” Bruegger said.

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