The Mercury News
Storms roll eastward after slamming Texas, Louisiana
A storm system marched eastward Friday, threatening heavy snow in the Midwest and Northeast after spawning likely tornadoes in Texas and Louisiana that damaged homes, businesses, a university campus and left thousands without power.
The storms will threaten the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys with tornadoes as they move toward New England, the Storm Prediction Center said. A swath of heavy snow is expected in the Upper Mid- west through New England on Friday and today, with sleet and freezing rain possi- ble south of the heaviest snow.
No deaths or injuries have been re- ported from the storms that struck Texas and Louisiana on Thursday night after slamming California earlier in the week with as much as 7 feet of snow.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth planned Friday to survey damage near Pickton, about 80 miles east of Dallas, where it said a confirmed tornado struck.
Winds of nearly 80 mph were recorded near the Fort Worth suburb of Blue Mound.
The Dallas suburb of Richardson asked residents to stop using water after the storm knocked out power to pumping stations. The city said in a statement early Friday that electricity and water service had been restored.
North of Dallas, winds brought down trees, ripped the roof off a grocery store in Little Elm and overturned four 18-wheelers along U.S. Highway 75. Minor injuries were reported, police said. More than 80,000 Texas customers and nearly 11,000 in Louisiana lacked electricity Friday morning, according to PowerOutage.us.
Heavy rain was reported in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, causing flooding in both states.
Police in Hardy, Arkansas, about 115 miles north of Little Rock, asked residents along the Spring River to leave their homes because of flooding.