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‘Bomb cyclone’ triggers flooding and forces evacuations in parts of Iowa

'Bomb cyclone' clobbers US Plains: Videos
Steven Clarke | 16 March, 2019, 18:11

The meteorological term "bomb cyclone" refers to a storm that intensifies very quickly, a process called bombogenesis - in which barometric pressure falls by at least 24 millibars over 24 hours.

Evacuations also occurred in several other eastern Nebraska communities and in some areas of western Iowa.

Numerous creeks and streams were out of their banks and caused widespread flooding, the National Weather Service office in Des Moines said.

The storm gained "bomb cyclogenesis" or "bombogenesis" status after its air pressure dropped precipitously within 24 hours, causing wind gusts of almost 100 mph while simultaneously dropping several inches of snow and rain, said Paul Huttner, chief meteorologist for Minnesota Public Radio.

While some lingering snow continues across parts of the Midwest, the threat for severe storms - with possible tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds - are on the table for portions of the Southeast U.S. into the Ohio Valley and southern Great Lakes. And while some flights resumed, the airport was not expected to be fully operational until midday on Thursday as airlines had still had to dispatch more planes to Denver to replace those diverted or canceled earlier, she said.

"Travel will remain hard and life threatening across these areas, with improving conditions Thursday night into Friday as the storm pushes farther off to the northeast", the NWS says.

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Several barns were destroyed and mobile homes were damaged in Daviess County, Kentucky, but no injuries were reported, emergency management officials said. Flooding, hail and strong winds also were reported in parts of the two states.

Wednesday's explosive development of a late winter storm over eastern Colorado created rough times for people both on land and in the air.

Parts of Kentucky and IN have been under tornado warnings Thursday - and one touched down IN Union County, Ky., where a motorist recorded video of the twister on his cellphone. Extreme gusts of winds topping 100 miles per hour have slammed through areas of Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. No one was injured, New Mexico State Police said.

National Guard troops used specialized vehicles with tank-like treads to rescue stranded drivers. Stranded motorists across the region had been reached and helped before midnight, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol spokesman said early Thursday. "We have a pregnant woman".

Bill Cooley, who works in Colorado Springs, said it usually takes him about 20 minutes to get home to Monument, but Wednesday it took eight hours.

Using cross-country skis, his son brought him warm clothes and goggles, and "once he arrived I dressed in the warm clothes he brought and we made the trek home!" he wrote in a message to CNN. Also contributing were Associated Press reporters Dan Elliott in Longmont, Colorado; David Pitt in Des Moines, Iowa; Bob Moen and Mead Gruver in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee; James Anderson and Thomas Peipert in Denver; Jeff Baenen in Minneapolis; Josh Funk in Omaha, Nebraska; Seth Borenstein in Washington; David Warren in Dallas; Kathleen Foody in Denver.

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