Extreme Weather - March 19

By: Dennis Flack Email
By: Dennis Flack Email

Parts of New Zealand are braving another day of heavy flooding after yesterday saw emergency workers rescuing a number of people. Some coastal communities in the north are completely cut off and power is out to hundreds of customers. Many areas experienced what would normally be a month's worth of rain in just 12 hours.

A massive tornado on march second nearly wiped the town of Henryville, Indiana off the map. There is new footage of the twister as it touched down near Henryville high school, destroying half the building. About 80 staff members and students had just returned to the school to take shelter. Minutes later the twister tore the roof off the school. The tornado had maximum winds of roughly 175 miles an hour.

A massive storm system brought severe weather yesterday to southwestern Oklahoma. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for 12 counties. Besides tornadoes, large hail and strong winds are expected with the emerging cold front. In far eastern Oklahoma a flash flood watch is in effect. Up to eight inches of rain are predicted.

Firefighters in northeastern Colorado are working to get several wildfires under control. Between two and three hundred homes were asked to evacuate yesterday. The area burned covers about 84 square miles. The fires are about 90% contained but have destroyed two homes.

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