US: More than 20 million residents under winter storm warning

More than 20 million people in areas stretching from parts of the South and Midwest to the Northeast of the US were placed under a winter storm warning on Wednesday. Over 124,000 people had no electricity. The day before, a tornado devastated an area near Houston.

The tornado hit communities southeast of Houston. It destroyed e.g. care center near Deer Park. It blew off roofs and caused other damage. A similar situation was in nearby Pasadena.

The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army coordinated relief by providing meals and sheltering people who had lost their homes.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a referral for damage recovery support to the state’s Department of Emergency Management.

100 flights were canceled and more than 500 were delayed Tuesday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, according to flight monitoring company FlightAware.

In Louisiana, the storm damaged mobile homes near Baton Rouge. Three people were hospitalized.

A tornado warning was issued for more than 2 million residents in parts of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi Wednesday morning, according to the New York Times. Over 124,000 electric utility customers in Arkansas and Texas were without power.

The New Orleans branch of the National Weather Service (NWS) warned of severe tornadoes and gales up to 110 km/h. along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

From New York Andrzej Dobrowolski (PAP)

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