A powerful winter storm that moves east across the US has caused at least two deaths. It has also created tornadoes and snowcovered others.
Police say that a young boy and his mother died in Louisiana after their home was struck by a tornado.
A huge storm brought snowy conditions to the Midwest. Schools and roads were closed, and some areas reported 4ft (1.2m).
Nearly 4,500 flights were delayed, and many more were cancelled.
Four states, Nebraska Wyoming South Dakota Minnesota, South Dakota and South Dakota are all under blizzard alerts. The severe winds and heavy snowfall make travel difficult for approximately 500,000 residents. Millions more are affected by less severe winter weather warnings.
On the Gulf coast, severe storms are expected, including in Louisiana and Mississippi, Alabama, and parts of Florida. Also, tornado warnings are in effect for parts of Mississippi as well as Louisiana.
Police say that a tornado had destroyed the family’s home in rural Louisiana near Shreveport, and rescuers spent hours searching for the couple.
“We couldn’t even find the house he described with the address. Sheriff Steve Prator stated that everything was gone to the local television station KSLA. He said that the child’s father reported them missing.
A tornado caused severe damage to Farmerville, a small community located 100 miles (160km), and left at least 25 people injured. according to local news outlet KNOE.
On Tuesday, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Mississippi were hit by at least twelve tornadoes, causing severe damage to homes and property and injuring many.
More news was reported Wednesday while Louisiana’s governor declared an emergency.
The storm is expected to have an impact on the majority of the US, with snow and cold forecasts as it moves east in the coming days.
Rich Otto, a meteorologist at the Weather Prediction Center, said to the BBC that it was a “very strong storm system.” “This storm is larger than an average winter storm.”
According to FlightAware.com, severe weather caused many flight delays at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (Texas) and Denver International Airport (Colorado) over the past two-days.
The storm has also moved into Canada, bringing heavy winds and snow to the country’s southern Prairie region, which includes Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The National Weather Service stated that freezing rain and other wintry conditions were expected to hit the upper Midwest, north-eastern US and the Northeast on Thursday.
The storm system that swept through the US on Friday brought snow and strong winds to California.