Storm-weary Texas bashed again, 400Kwithout power: weather updates

Over 400,000 Texas Residents Without Power as Severe Weather Continues

Residents in Texas and various other states are currently facing localized flooding and power outages, following another round of severe storms. The National Weather Service has issued warnings for additional storms to come from the west, with multiple rounds of thunderstorms expected to hit Thursday and Friday.

According to the USA TODAY outage tracker, more than 380,000 utility customers in Texas were still without power Wednesday night, and another 70,000 power customers remained in the dark across Kentucky, Arkansas, Virginia, and Missouri. Oncor Electric, a power company in the Dallas area, stated that some customers might not regain power until Friday.

In Dallas, over 2 inches of rain fell in less than four hours on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather. Meanwhile, severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in parts of Colorado, North Dakota, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Florida on Wednesday, with some areas bracing for golf-ball-sized hail and wind gusts reaching 70 mph.

The storms have caused damage across various areas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where an American Airlines plane spun away from its jetway in high winds. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also issued ground stops at the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York due to thunderstorms.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) worker Cecilia Wichmann was shocked by the intensity and widespread damage caused by the storms in the Dallas area. She saw over a dozen 18-wheelers flipped onto their sides and at least 100-150 homes destroyed by fallen trees and wind damage.

Elsewhere, a 16-year-old construction worker was killed when a building under construction collapsed around him near Houston. In Hopkins County, Kentucky, Mark Minton’s home was battered again by a tornado, making it the second time in two years that his home has been affected by a tornado.

As residents continue to deal with the aftermath of the storms, they are also bracing for more severe weather in the coming days.