Three persons, including a two-year-old sleeping girl, as a fierce storm ravaged Central United States, stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. The storm was accompanied by heavy rains, snow and ice and gushing winds “forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions and killing at least three people, including a sleeping 2-year-old Louisiana girl” according to a report by the Associated Press.
A tree fell into a mobile home in Louisiana, killing a sleeping 2-year-old girl while in Wisconsin, a woman was killed when she lost control of the minivan she was driving and hit an SUV head-on near Lewiston. Three passengers in the minvan as well as the driver of the SUV were also injured in the accident.
On the other hand, a truck driver from Idaho died on the spot after he lost control and slammed the vehicle into another stranded car in western Nebraska.
Flights are grounded at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as heavy snow and low visibility make it difficult to keep runways clear and planes deiced. The weather is part of a deadly storm system sweeping across the central U.S. https://t.co/M6wtjiVYwa
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) April 14, 2018
“Around 400 flights were canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which grounded all flights starting this afternoon as heavy snow made it difficult to keep runways clear and planes deiced, while blizzard conditions forced the airport in South Dakota’s biggest city, Sioux Falls, to remain closed for a second straight day”, the AP report said.
The storm also led to the calling-off of the baseball game between Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox.
Spring blizzard pounds Midwest; flights canceled, deaths reported https://t.co/2eyIL7hJm7
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 15, 2018
Electricity supply was also disrupted with the storm pulling down trees and electric poles as thousands in Michigan remained in darkness for many hours.