Mother’s Day this year starts on a grim note for residents of North Texas and other Plains states as tornadoes touched down, leaving at least one confirmed dead and others unaccounted for and injured, according to a report from Fox News. Roughly 40 tornadoes are thought to have touched down on the Plains states over the week, as the Inquisitr reported in our ongoing coverage.
Eastland County Judge Rex Fields confirmed that a Saturday tornado ripped through a rural area near Cisco, about 100 miles north of Fort Worth, shattering homes and leaving authorities frustrated in their attempts to assess the damage, which left over “five miles of destruction” during the subsequent heavy rainfall. A second tornado touched down in the small town of Burkburnett, about 15 miles north of Wichita Falls.
Meanwhile, southwest Oklahoma and parts of western Kansas were struck by severe weather, including high winds, heavy rain, and quarter-sized hail. The possible threat of another tornado brought the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City to a halt.
According to NBC News, the troubles aren’t over yet, with forecasters predicting a grim outlook for Mother’s Day in the Plains states today. Weather predictions include more large hail, severe flooding, and damaging winds, with more tornadoes a very real possibility. Meanwhile, winter storm conditions are predicted for Colorado and Wyoming, possibly straying into western Nebraska and South Dakota, bringing one to two feet of snow to the area.