Severe Weather Conditions Threaten U.S.

Severe Weather Conditions Threaten U.S.

Lexi Ariete, Contributor

Spring Break is starting off with a good start. Tornado warnings, excessive heat warnings, and cold weather conditions are combining and going to hit states within the next few weeks. 

Some states are going to be hit with record-breaking heat, while others are going to be hit with hailstorms. Just this past Saturday, the Midwest up to the Great Plains experienced colder weather conditions, when some states started to think that warmer weather was starting to return. A few states such as Michigan, Nebraska, and South Dakota were just a few of the states that experienced sudden winter weather advisories last Saturday. Strong winds and 5-inch snow hit Nebraska, as well as South Dakota experiencing wind speeds over 50 mph. Michigan and Minnesota are expected to be hit with ice storms. With the increasing amounts of winter-weather advisories in multiple states, many people are not expecting to have warmer Spring weather until a few weeks from now. 

The midwest is being hit with major wind conditions. Oklahoma, Iowa and Missouri are under tornado watches, with 6 people in Iowa being killed due to the tornadoes, and 2 of those 6 being children under the age of 5, and one of them being an adult over the age of 70. The tornado maintained speeds of about 150 mph, and lasted up to 9 minutes. A woman in Iowa exited her car to enter her home, with a tree falling due to the extreme winds, right upon the car seconds after she left. Over 75 million people who live in states ranging from Atlanta to Philadelphia had been affected by the major wind storms and tornado hits. They are expected to be hit by severe rain and flooding after the wind passes by a little more. Virginia is starting to see temperatures around 80 degrees, with temperatures about 20 degrees or more higher than the average temperatures for this month. People in states where tornadoes often occur have grown used to ignoring tornado sirens and warnings because most of the time, the warnings end up being false alarms. Because of this, residents near the area of Des Moines, Iowa, were delayed evacuating due to the underestimated speed of the tornado formation. The EF-4 tornado was the first tornado of its kind to hit Iowa since 2013. With over 40 reported tornadoes, the technical difficulty of trying to get tornado warnings out took about 10 minutes. The only way for the National Weather Service was able to warn residents about the tornado was through social media and phone warnings. After the tornadoes hit several states, snow then hit the same areas that were damaged by the tornado storms. Temperatures are now expected to take a dive into colder weather. About 12 million people in Ohio are under flood watch. 

Iowa has yet to attempt their recovery from being hit by two storms in a row. Many states, especially up north are expected to have a cold start to their winter as well as other states being hit with warmer weather sooner than expected.