Winter storms leave 250,000 people without power across the US | US weather

Swaths of the US were dealing with severe weather over the weekend as tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and nearly 250,000 people experienced power outages from the west coast to the midwest.

More than 36,000 residents were still experiencing outages as of Monday, NBC News reported.

That came after there were at least seven tornadoes confirmed on Sunday in Oklahoma, where a number of areas were still under tornado watches as of Monday morning, reported CNN. Not only were there thousands who had lost power in that state, at least 12 people were also injured in Norman, Oklahoma’s third largest city, from the storms, though no deaths were reported.

At least one tornado was also reported in Kansas, knocking over trees, disrupting power and damaging homes, ABC News reported.

Several states in the midwest and north-east on Monday were bracing for rain and winter storms as many areas still worked to regain power after the weekend weather.

“A deep mid-latitude cyclone will spread showers and thunderstorms across the midwest Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic today,” the National Weather Service warned, according to NBC.

Parts of Ohio Valley are under a slight risk warning for severe thunderstorms, with the possibility of severe gusts “and a few tornadoes”, NBC added.

According to ABC, more than 130,000 residents were still without power in Michigan after a major ice storm last week.

Other areas, specifically in the midwest and the north-east, are expected to experience a “swath of snow and ice” in the coming days.

Starting Monday evening, several cities in the north-east will experience snowfall, with 1 to 2in hourly forecasted in New Jersey and New York City, ABC said.

In upstate New York, Connecticut and parts of western Massachusetts, forecasters were predicting up to 10in of snow.

Winter storm warnings have also been issued for much of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, with forecasters warning of heavy snow and ice that could affect the region.

Meanwhile, California is prepping for another winter storm after a snowfall throughout much of the state this weekend.

The balmy state dealt with blizzard-like conditions, enveloping many cities – including San Francisco – in snow, heavy winds and record low temperatures.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for mountains in the Sierra Nevada range, and a maximum of 6ft of snow is possible, ABC reported.

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