A storm swept across the Great Plains and the Midwest on Wednesday, leaving one person dead, according to NBC News.
Tornadoes swept across Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. Iowa State Patrol troopers reported an incident where a tractor-trailer was blown over, causing a crash on Highway 151, west of Walford.
12-15-21 (6:09 p.m.) Update of the long and wide swath of severe storms bearing down on central Iowa shortly. Don't be in a vehicle. Get in your safe spot now. https://t.co/wkoLw36k7f— Iowa State Patrol (@iowastatepatrol) December 16, 2021
By Thursday, the storm moved to the north of the Great Lakes and into Canada, but high winds, snow and hazardous conditions were still being reported in the upper Great Lakes Region, according to ABC News.
- More than 400,000 homes and businesses experienced an electricity outage Thursday morning in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Kansas, according to Poweroutage.us, a website that tracks power outages in the U.S.
- “To have this number of damaging wind storms at one time would be unusual any time of year,” said Brian Barjenbruch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley, Nebraska, per the report. “But to have this happen in December is really abnormal.”
- Last weekend, tornadoes cut through states including Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky, killing more than 85 people.