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Storms, Snow, Tornadoes Strike Many Parts Of America

Severe Weather Alert

It may be a lovely Mother’s Day in the Rose City, but for much of the rest of the U.S., it’s not quite so nice.
 
Another round of severe weather took aim at the Great Plains and the Midwest on Sunday, while a tropical storm spun off the coast of South Carolina and more than a foot of snow fell in southern Colorado and the Black Hills of South Dakota.
 
Tropical Storm Ana was just off the coast of South Carolina on Sunday morning and was weakening with top sustained winds of 45 mph.
People gather on the beach to watch the big surf from Tropical Storm Ana in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (Matt Born/The Star-News via AP)
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.
At the Fountain Creek R.V. Park, the waters from a swollen Fountain Creek were nearly touching the bottom of the bridge in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
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.
 
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 to 24 inches by the time the system moves out. Rapid City, South Dakota, had 8 to 11 inches, accompanied by 20 to 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.
A man clears off his car after about two inches of hail fell on Manitou Springs, Colorado, during a large thunderstorm Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette via AP)
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Dangerous Virus Hits Southern Colorado, USA

This virus is affecting hundreds of children in our state.  11 News has confirmed Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs is treating patients with the illness right now.
A dangerous respiratory virus has hit Southern Colorado. It’s affecting hundreds of children in our state. 11 News has confirmed Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs is treating patients with the illness right now.
 
9-year-old Gabrielle Maiorana looks like your typical 5th grader. She is full of energy as she plays with her favorite stuffed animal. But just days ago she was in a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV and oxygen.
 
“To me it was scary,” explained Gabrielle.
 
“She went from a cold to critical in just a short time. It really was scary,” her mother, Karen Maiorana said.
 
Karen says at first it seemed like Gabby just had a cold, but within hours it got serious. She was rushed into the ICU at Memorial Hospital. Doctors told her she was infected with Enterovirus 68. The virus settles in your lungs. Little Gabby had to be quarantined and could no longer breath on her own.
 
“You’re watching your child suffer, just trying to get air,” said her father, Chris.
 
Dr. Jodie Hamer is a primary care physician associated with Memorial Hospital. She says this virus has been around for awhile, but this fall the strain seems to be much worse.
 
“This year it’s particularly prevalent, it’s contagious and really severe,” explained Dr. Hamer.
 
Hamer says be on the lookout for respiratory symptoms. If your child is not breathing well or wheezing, bring them into the doctor right away.
 
The Maiorana’s are also urging every parent to be vigilant about looking for those symptoms.
 
“You look at that and say, God if I would have let this go any longer, how low could’ve that gone? I’m glad to be bringing my daughter home because I fear that’s how bad it could’ve gotten,” said Karen.
 
Gabby will be out of school for at least the next month. Doctors say kids with asthma, like Gabby, are especially susceptible to this virus.
 
At this point Memorial Hospital could not give us the exact number of cases they have seen of the virus so far this year. The virus is contagious and adults can catch it as well. Doctors say because it is a virus, antibiotics will not work. The best way to avoid this is by thoroughly washing your hands.

Duststorm rips through Florissant, store roof collapses, Southern Colorado, USA

Dust Storm Alert

On what was a sunshine-filled day in Southern Colorado, a Florissant business owner and her employees are very thankful they are okay after an afternoon duststorm swept through and severely damaged part of their shop’s roof, Monday.
 
“It’s a pretty scary situation,”  Outpost Feed and Ranch Supply store owner, Ginger Bruvold said.
 
“It’s just gorgeous out today,” employee Bruce Miller said. “It hit us out of nowhere.”
 
Around 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, a massive duststorm hit the Florissant business, taking a secondary wooden roof and all of the scraps with it.
 
All of the customers and employees were inside the store when the storm hit and they say of the tangible roofing materials can be replaced.
 
“Usually this parking lot is full of people,” Bruvold said surveying the damage in front of the store. “And for some reason we only had one car out here. We were being taken care of.”
 
Five seconds is all it took for Ginger Bruvold’s livelihood to take a huge hit, but she knows it could have been worse. Bruvold and her feed store family have already begun to rebuild. She contacted her insurance. The store will remain closed through Tuesday and possibly longer.