'Bomb cyclone' winter storm moves east after punishing Colorado in US

Traffic comes to a halt on eastbound Interstate 70 near Tower Road as a late winter storm packing hurricane-force winds and snow sweeps over the inter

Lower Michigan also saw severe thunderstorm warnings, watches, flooding, high winds and hail as the storm trekked across the Midwest.

A window-rattling late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond.

The storm gained "bomb cyclogenesis" or "bombogenesis" status earlier in the week 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.

"Its central pressure dropped 33 millibars from Tuesday to Wednesday, meeting the criteria of a meteorological "bomb", the paper reported. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency, and more than 74,000 customers in Colorado remained without electricity on Thursday afternoon.

Flooding in the central US on Friday swamped small towns, forced some residents along waterways to evacuate, threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant and shut down stretches of a major river and an interstate highway, foreshadowing a hard spring flooding season. Hornick is about 25 miles southeast of Sioux City.

Click through the slideshow above to see photos from the bomb cyclone. Game and Parks Commission employees used a fan boat to rescue residents in Gretna, while the Mead Fire Department was rescuing folks near Horseshoe Lake, and the Columbus Police Department warned residents to stay away from the Black Bridge.

The storm also spawned at least three tornadoes in MI and in on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Homes were reported damaged, while power was knocked out to thousands. On Thursday the low pressure storm created nine tornadoes that ripped through Ohio, Kentucky (top and bottom right), Alabama and MI.

The culprit was a sudden and severe drop in ground-level air pressure in Colorado, the most pronounced dive since 1950, Carbin said.

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The two cities have implemented several measures such as home buyouts and levees since then.

On Wednesday up to 1.2 meters of snow and 170-km-per-hour winds blasted Colorado, leaving thousands of motorists stranded and tens of thousands of people without power in Colorado and Texas.

Most power outages were cleared by early Friday, according to the tracking site PowerOutage. As a result, 1339 flights have been canceled. Blizzard and avalanche warnings have been issued across Colorado.

One of the most affected large areas is the Denver area. Parts of South Dakota have already gotten 15 inches of snow. It was expected to unleash similar conditions over areas in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota before moving into northwest Minnesota, Oravec said.

How do I get my stranded vehicle?

Some drivers have been waiting hours to be rescued from roadways in central Colorado.

Some 250 vehicles were stranded out on the road in central Colorado, with drivers having to wait for hours in freezing temperatures before being rescued, according to Jacqueline Kirby, spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "But we were soaking wet already just from trying to keep the windshield clear and from trying to push our auto and help other people push their cars. We have a pregnant woman".

Number of people who lost power during the storm Wednesday. He left at noon and tried to take back roads but found them blocked by disabled cars.

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