May 10, 2015 12:29 PM

From Rockies east, weather casts a wide net

The Associated Press

Another round of severe weather took aim at the Great Plains and the Midwest on Sunday, with a tornado hitting a small South Dakota town, while a tropical storm arrived in South Carolina and more than a foot of snow fell in southern Colorado and the Black Hills.

Tropical Storm Ana made landfall near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Sunday morning and was weakening with top sustained winds of 35 mph.

National Weather Service meteorologist Philip Schumacher said law enforcement reported a tornado about 10:45 a.m. Sunday in Delmont, South Dakota, which is 90 miles from Sioux Falls. No deaths were immediately reported, and it wasn't clear whether there were injuries, Schumacher said.

Sparsely populated ranching and farming communities in North Texas were left to clean up Sunday after tornadoes touched down in the area a day before, leaving one person dead and another in critical condition, authorities said. Cisco Fire Department spokesman Philip Truett said the two people were near each other when the tornado struck.

At least six buildings were damaged south of Cisco, which is about 100 miles west of Fort Worth, as well as six others near Lake Leon, Truett said.

"The homes that I've seen, there are just maybe one or two walls standing," Eastland County Judge Rex Fields, who also serves as the county's emergency services coordinator, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

A strong line of storms moved through the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sunday morning, forcing significant delays and a total of 100 flight cancellations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport.

The storms moved into Oklahoma and Arkansas in the late morning, and forecasters issued tornado watches through Sunday evening for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.

Farther north, a late-season snow fell in parts of the Rockies, western Nebraska and western South Dakota.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Carstens said between 10 to 18 inches of snow was on the ground Sunday morning in the Black Hills, and totals could reach 20-24 inches by the time the system moves out. Rapid City, South Dakota, had 8-11 inches, accompanied by 20-30 mph winds.

Nearly 18 inches of snow fell in southern Colorado, a state that also saw hail, flooding and tornado warnings over the weekend.


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