National Weather Service in Columbia Confirms Tornado Touchdown

Posted April 18, 2018

Those matches were still postponed, although the Tigers and the brand new Yankees were rained out in Detroit and'd planned to play a double header on Sunday.

"It's not going to be as much snow as this one, thankfully", said meteorologist Eric Ahasic at the National Weather Service in Minnesota.

Deadly slow-moving storms generated record or near-record snowfall and low temperatures in the U.S. Midwest and tornadoes further east on Sunday, leaving airline travelers stranded and thousands without power.

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The weather service said the 14.9 inches (37.8 centimeters) at Minneapolis airport from Friday through Sunday set a record for the largest April snowstorm ever there.

"They will look at the pattern of the damage to determine whether it was a real tornado or just strong winds", Meteorologist Stephanie Sine said.

The National Weather Service began surveying storm damage Saturday across the state to determine the cause. The Twin Cities getting 15 inches of snow, with the first blizzard warning in 15 years. Regions of the country which have been already blanketed had been becoming a second serving of snow Sunday. Interstates 90 and 29 in parts of eastern South Dakota also reopened.

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Days of snow in the upper Midwest closed roads and airports. Experts estimate this tornado reached 105 miles per hour. MI utilities said power failures caused by freezing rain affected more than 300,000 homes and businesses Sunday.

The weather service also warned of potential coastal flooding along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and IL, where Chicago residents were warned that waves could reach as high as 18 feet.

At least three deaths were blamed on the storm system, which stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. A Wisconsin girl was murdered when she lost control of her minivan on roads and invisibly right into an SUV. And an Idaho truck driver was killed when his semitrailer struck a semi in western Nebraska that had been stranded on a highway by the bad weather. The tornado hit in the Ozark National Forest damaging and uprooting numerous trees and snapping a power pole during it's five mile path.

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No injuries were reported. A storm survey confirmed another tornado blew through Richland Parish near Rayville, Louisiana, on Sunday afternoon.