A massive winter storm that had already battered Colorado and Wyoming slammed into the Midwest Thursday.
Several tornadoes swept across parts of Kentucky and Indiana, leaving destruction in their wake.
It’s the latest punch from what meteorologists are calling a “bomb cyclone” of historic proportions. It is a rapid change in pressure.
“This is a very epic cyclone,” said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center. “We’re looking at something that will go down in the history books.”
The storm brought a blizzard to the Rockies causing widespread power outages, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and wreaking havoc on roadways as drivers became overwhelmed by blinding snow. A wind gust clocked in at 97 mph in Colorado Springs.
In the Texas Panhandle, a utility worker was killed while working to restore power amid strong winds pushed in by the storm. Wind gusts in the area exceeded 80 mph