Winter blast of snow, ice, wind hits Midwest
Garland, Texas —Residents surveyed the destruction from deadly tornadoes in North Texas as the same storm system brought winter woes to the Midwest on Monday, amplifying flooding that’s blamed for more than a dozen deaths and prompting hundreds of flight cancellations.
At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in the tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area on Saturday and caused substantial damage. That, plus flooding in Missouri and Illinois, were the latest in a succession of severe weather events across the country in the last week that led to dozens of deaths.
The country’s midsection was seeing a range of precipitation, including heavy snow, ice and blustery winds in parts of several states and heavy rain in already-waterlogged parts of Missouri and Arkansas.
The system caused more than 1,400 flights to be canceled — nearly half of which were at Chicago’s two main airports — and 2,600 to be delayed, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. A typical day sees about 150 cancelations and 4,000 delays.
Authorities in Georgia said they recovered the body of a man whose car was swept away when floodwaters overtook it. They also recovered a second body, a death they said later Monday did not appear to be storm-related.
In North Texas, local officials estimated as many as 1,450 homes were damaged or destroyed by at least nine tornadoes.
“This is a huge impact on our community and we’re all suffering,” Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau said of the suburb about 20 miles northeast of Dallas, where eight people died, 15 were injured and about 600 structures, mostly single-family homes, were damaged.
In nearby Rowlett, City Manager Brian Funderburk said Sunday that 23 people were injured, but that there were no deaths and no reports of missing people. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Sunday night that as many as 600 homes were damaged in Rowlett.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made disaster declarations Sunday for four counties — Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Ellis — and warned that the number of victims could rise.