NWS Issues Multi-State Tornado Warnings for US Midwest as Twisters Touch Down in Nebraska, Iowa
23:36 GMT 15.12.2021 (Updated: 06:02 GMT 16.12.2021)
As Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, and other US states continue to deal with the destruction and death left behind from the past weekend's twisters, a tornado watch has been put into effect until 8 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday for some four million people in sections of Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has warned that a powerful storm is bringing the threat of a derecho, with high winds and tornadoes, to sections of the upper Midwest.
Damaging winds exceeding 100 miles per hour (161 kilometers per hour) were initially reported in portions of New Mexico and Colorado before traveling to the Great Plains.
Authorities closed sections of I-25 near Colorado Springs after extreme winds caused multiple semi-trailers to overturn on the highway. According to KRDO, the first two wrecks occurred around 11:00 a.m. local time.
While one blocked a section of the highway for approximately 35 minutes, the other incident occurred on the shoulder. The winds prompted El Paso County
to suspend semis, tractor-trailers, buses, recreational and all other high-profile vehicles from its roads.
High winds were also reported in sections of Kansas, prompting dangerous dust storms that limited motorists' visibility.
Later in the day, tornadoes were confirmed near Salix, Iowa, and Emerson, Nebraska.
High winds can be seen in alleged eyewitness footage recorded near Oakland, Nebraska, where a tornado siren was activated earlier today.
provided by the NWS recorded some 18 tornadoes within the last several hours. In fact, Minnesota recorded
its first tornado during the month of December after a twister touched down near Plainview and continued to move in a northeast direction at a speed of 70 miles per hour.