Hundreds of Flights Cancelled as Severe Weather Hits South, Midwest

By Paul Riegler on 6 April 2019
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IMG_8485 2A powerful storm predicted to travel from New Mexico to Mississippi will wreak havoc in parts of the South and Midwest this weekend will ruin the weekend for many in the United States.

“Severe thunderstorms containing damaging winds, large hail, a few tornadoes, and heavy rainfall will be possible from portions of the southern Plains to the lower Mississippi River Valley and Mid South into Sunday,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.

Expect hazardous road conditions in areas impacted by the storm and flight delays and cancellations. Southwest Airlines has already cancelled 215 flights by 10:30 a.m. EDT, with 114 more delayed, while American Airlines has cancelled 78 flights, with 56 delays, according to FlightStats, a website which tracks such information.

Expect additional flight cancellations and delays as the day progresses.

Thunderstorms pummeled northern and central Texas Saturday morning while north Texas saw winds of up to 60 mph (97 km/h) and golf-ball sized hail.

The storms will reach the Mississippi Valley late Saturday, accompanied by strong winds and hail.

On Sunday, a second storm will form, bring with it similar conditions. Expect severe storms to rumble across the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts into the mid-Mississippi and Lower Ohio Valleys. The remainder of the storm system will reach Arkansas and George on Monday,

Some areas will see locally heavy rain and flooding is likely.

In other parts of the country, a strong cyclone in Alaska will bring windy, rainy weather to the Pacific Northwest on Monday. Showers and thunderstorms will move across the Ohio Valley into the northern Mid-Atlantic states and New England on Monday as well.

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