The Midwest is dealing with an extraordinary storm, and not the good “extraordinary”.
It has the barometric pressure of a Category 3 hurricane, the force of a blizzard minus the snow and wind gusts up to 81 mph. This is no ordinary storm howling across the Midwest.
After knocking out power to more than 145,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and the St. Louis area, the storm is now headed to the East Coast.
Mark Durbin, spokesman for the FirstEnergy Corporation, which services parts Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey says they are monitoring the storm.
Severe thunderstorm warnings blanket much of the Midwest, and tornado watches are out from Arkansas to Ohio.
Eleven states are under high wind warnings. Much of North Dakota is under a blizzard warning.
Flights have been disrupted in several airports.
It’s a fast storm, moving at 50 to 60 mph. And one meteorologist says a squall line moving ahead of it can cause more tornado warnings.