Severe storms pummel Southwest, at least 10 dead
At least 10 people died on Friday as the fierce storm battered a wide swath of the South and Midwest.
Three people were killed by falling trees in Alabama, two in Tennessee and one in Mississippi.
An Arkansas man drowned after wading through high flood waters.
Three more people died in three different counties in Kentucky as storms with straight-line winds moved through the state.
A statewide emergency was declared Friday after the National Weather Service in Louisville called the storm “powerful and historic.”
Winds peaked at 80 mph.
“I encourage everyone in our community to take extreme caution this evening, and in the coming days – don’t drive through standing water, go near downed power lines, or do anything that could put anyone at risk. Lives are at risk,” Louisville Mayor. Craig Greenberg said in a Facebook post.
More than a million utility customers in Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan were without power Friday evening. According to poweroutage.us.
The FOX Prediction Center predicts severe weather will move from southeast to west on Friday, bringing storms, damaging wind gusts and cold fronts.
The storm is forecast to affect Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
More than 13,000 Texas utility customers were without power in parts of the state Friday after the storm.
The winds tore off the roof of a grocery store, an apartment building and overturned four 18-wheelers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Forecasters expect similarly severe conditions to be expected from the Northwest as the storm continues to move.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New England, where the storm could blanket parts of New Hampshire and Maine with up to 18 inches of snow.
airport, Like the Portland Jetport in Maine, has already canceled all Saturday flights in preparation for extreme conditions.