Storm system triggers severe weather and tornadoes in US

Storm system triggers severe weather and tornadoes in US

Numerous tornadoes reported south of Amarillo, while heavy snow falls in Colorado and Wyoming

A storm system crossing the central US has caused an array of severe weather across several states in recent days. It instigated an early start to the tornado season in the Texas Panhandle, with numerous tornadoes reported south of Amarillo on 13 March. Two tornadoes on the ground from the same camping site at the Palo Duro Canyon state park resulted in several camper vans being overturned, but no injuries were reported due to the sparseness of the area affected.

The same storm system was also responsible for heavy snowfall through Colorado and Wyoming over the weekend bringing accumulations of up to 65.5cm (25.8 inches), recorded in Cheyenne. Denver international airport shut down all runways on Sunday due to heavy to moderate snow during the day alongside blustery winds. Elsewhere across northern Colorado, power outages affected about 40,000 customers on Sunday afternoon.

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