Kansas students are injured after the school bus slides off the highway while Winter Storm hits Mabel Midwest
At least 17 Kansas students were injured on Wednesday morning as their school bus slid off a snow-covered highway while Winter Storm Mabel continued to attack the Midwest before heading north-east later this week.
According to the Sheriff’s Office of Lyon County, delegates assisted the Kansas Highway Patrol officers with the rollover bus accident that occurred along the Kansas Turn Pike in Chase County. All students suffered minor injuries.
A photo of the accident shows that the bus had rolled on its side and ended up in a ditch.
“At the time, the roads were a bit muddy – we do our best to keep those roads as clean as possible, but we can’t always beat Mother Nature,” KHP Lt. Dave Hundley told The weather channel.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said that about two inches of snow had fallen in the area before the crash.
Drivers in Kansas, North Dakota and other parts of the Midwest were subject to poor visibility and dangerous road conditions on Wednesday. Winter weather reports affect Kansas City to Syracuse, New York.
Officers of the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) shared video and images of areas with poor visibility that even prevented teams from clearing snow off the roads.
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According to the Sheriff’s Office of Lyon County, delegates assisted the Kansas Highway Patrol officers with the rollover bus accident that occurred along the Kansas Turn Pike in Chase County. All 17 students suffered minor injuries
Drivers in Kansas, North Dakota and other parts of the Midwest were subject to poor visibility (left and right) and dangerous road conditions on Wednesday.
Authorities said the bus accident occurred near Bazaar, Kansas (pictured above), Wednesday morning
The North Dakota Department of Transportation said Interstate 29 was closed in both directions from the Canadian border to the state border of South Dakota, a distance of over 250 miles due to blowing and drifting snow and areas with almost zero visibility.
The authorities say that the highway will be reopened by 1 p.m.
The [sun] is off, but visibility remains low. Visibility can be less than 100 ft to a mile +. Don’t use a cruise, slow down, wear your seat belt and don’t drive blindly in snow, “tweeted the NDHP.
Forecasters have posted a snowstorm warning for the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota as snow, strong winds and deep temperatures enter.
The storm not only caused difficult travel conditions, but also caused a large number of schools to cancel classes, including North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
The snowstorm proved too much for researchers following the storm in the Red River Valley between North Dakota and Minnesota.
Vince Gods, a meteorologist at the NWS in Grand Forks, North Dakota, told KFGO-AM that the NOAA / National Weather Service Severe Storm Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, sent a mobile, storm-hunting Doppler radar unit to the area to help study the snowstorm.
But Gods said that the storm had been withdrawn ‘a little earlier’ than expected, and that the radar truck was stranded on Wednesday in a ditch west of Grand Forks.
Meteorologists expected wind gusts of 50 mph and whiteout conditions, especially in open, rural areas.
Snow deposits will be low, one inch to two centimeters.
The storm is heading north, where up to six centimeters of snow is forecast for parts of the Great Lakes and New England.
On Wednesday, an area of snow, or a rain and snow mixture, is possible from north-central Oklahoma northeast to western Pennsylvania.
For most other areas, from the Texas Panhandle to the Midwest, less than six inches of total snow is forecast.
However, about six-plus-inch totals are possible from central Illinois, central Indiana, and northern Ohio to the higher heights of upstate New York and central New England.
The storm system threatens millions of people with floods in the deep south, while up to six centimeters of snow is predicted for parts of the Great Lakes and New England.
In the meantime, rain showers go through the deep south. On Tuesday, the NWS issued flood warnings for a region that stretches from East Texas to Tennessee and North Carolina for around 17 million people at risk of flooding.
By Wednesday evening the storm begins to move northeast and brings a mix of precipitation
Forecasts show that parts of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire will receive snow on Thursday morning
Thursday’s forecast for rain and snow in the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and Northeast can be seen above
Winter storm warnings are in effect for the Northeast to Friday. According to forecasts, Buffalo, New York, could see between five and eight centimeters of snow by the time the storm passed
The weather system was expected to drop another two to three centimeters of rain on already saturated soil on Wednesday, which increases the risk of flooding, according to the NWS.
A hill collapsed in Tennessee, roads flooded, and rivers came on Tuesday after a day of heavy rainfall, and a dam threatened to fail in Mississippi.
On Wednesday, forecasters warned that short bursts of heavy rain that began in the evening could already overflow high creeks and streams and lead to additional flooding in West Virginia.
The NWS issued a flash flood guard for most of the state that started at 4 p.m. from Wednesday to Thursday morning.
All schools in McDowell County were closed on Wednesday and other provinces stopped classes early, according to education officials.
Government Jim Justice told the emergency services on Tuesday that they should be ready for more floods this week, saying that they will monitor the water levels and stay on standby when local governments need help.
Last week, Justice declared a state of emergency in seven provinces and mobilized the state’s national guard as a storm system moved through the region. Several school systems closed early because hard rains caused cut-down trees, rock slides and flooded streets.
In the meantime, rain showers go through the deep south. On Tuesday, the NWS issued flood warnings for a region that stretches from East Texas to Tennessee and North Carolina for around 17 million people at risk of flooding
Excessive rainfall floods the Oktibbeha County Lake campsite on Tuesday in Starkville, Mississippi. In eastern Mississippi, officials in Starkville said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake had reached another critical level
The NWS said that after rain showers, minor to moderate flooding were expected from central Mississippi to northern Georgia. The Tennessee River was predicted on Sunday about 7 feet above the flood level in Perryville, Tennessee.
Near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, tons of rock and ground slid off a 70-foot high hill and blocked the north side of a US 441 foothill connecting the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the National Park Service.
At least 45 tipper loads will be needed to clear the road, officials estimate, but no injuries were reported.
Schools are open or closed late in parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana due to flooding. A flood guard stretched from East Texas to Mississippi and parts of Alabama were under flood warnings.
North of Birmingham in Cullman, the sheriff’s office said Deputy Adam Clark and his police dog were badly injured in a wreck during heavy rain at night. The cause of the crash was investigated.
Days of rain have also flooded parts of Alabama into millions of gallons of filthy water that flooded from sanitary sewers.
On Wednesday, reports submitted to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management showed that more than 18.5 million liters of sewage have been spilled in the past 10 days around Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, where the NWS said some places have rained more than six centimeters so far have received week.
In eastern Mississippi, officials in Starkville said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake had reached another critical level just a few weeks after heavy rainfall caused a mudslide that threatened the earth dam.
Pumps had been used since mid-January to lower the level of the lake by about eight feet, but officials said the water had risen even higher than before due to recent storms.
“It has risen more than 8.5 feet from our low altitude while pumping and continues to rise,” said a statement from Kristen Campanella, emergency management director in Oktibbeha County.
Officials also oversaw the location of a potential dams in Yazoo County, where the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said a 40-acre lake in a subdivision around a diver leaked and washed away dirt, threatening four homes and a church. Five houses were evacuated after a dyke breach in Leake.
Elsewhere in Mississippi, 25 homes were damaged and four people were injured in wrecks caused by vehicles on wet roads, according to the state.
The damage was worst in Yazoo, where a dozen people were moved out of houses.
Heavy rain fell Monday and left the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, high water area and blurred roads, Tuesday. Gideon Altman plays near a flooded section of the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk under the supervision of his mother as the waters of the Black Warrior River rise. Children in Tuscaloosa City and County schools were given a day off due to the floods
A Tuscaloosa County road crew repairs a washed-out part of New Orleans Drive in the Coker community in Tuscaloosa County west of the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Tuesday.
Crews are working on replacing drainpipes at the dam of Oktibbeha County Lake in Starkville, Mississippi, because heavy rainfall causes the water level to rise on Tuesday. Fire coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said that this pipe did not pump enough water
Excessive rainfall floods the Oktibbeha County Lake campsite on Tuesday in Starkville. In eastern Mississippi, officials in Starkville said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake had reached another critical level just a few weeks after heavy rainfall caused a muddy stream that threatened to cause the earth dam to fail
Flood waters are seen on Tuesday at the Oktibbeha County Lake campsite where an earthen dam is likely to fail
In addition, the NWS confirmed Tuesday that an EF-1 tornado landed in Greene County about 2.5 miles northwest of Piave, Mississippi, on Monday.
The twister caused minor roof damage and uprooted several trees, the weather agency said.
The Tennessee Valley region has received 550 percent of its normal rainfall over the past seven days, said James Everett, senior manager of the River Forecast Center of the Tennessee Valley Authority, in a briefing.
The rainfall fell on average around six centimeters over the valley, but some places became ten centimeters.
“We get a short break in the rain today, but we expect it to pick up tomorrow through Thursday,” Everett said Tuesday.
To manage all the water, the TVA will continue to store water in large mountain reservoirs to reduce downstream floods, Everett said.
The agency plans to adjust its water storage and flow strategy, depending on how much more water falls on the already saturated soil, he said.
Isolated tornadoes and winds of more than 60 km / h are possible in some parts of the south after Wednesday falls.