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Storms: Texas cancels flights, California declares emergency

Storms in Texas and California cause high-winds, power outages, and damage.

Photo by NOAA Satellites on Flickr / CC0 1.0

426 flights at Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport and 68 flights at Dallas Love Field Airport were cancelled on Friday due to storms and high winds of 70-80 mph.

The National Weather Service (NWS) had put out a tornado and storm warning for most of Friday through Dallas-Forth Worth, and north and central Texas. Tornado sirens also went off in Dallas as authorities encouraged people to seek shelter.

Texas authorities have also asked those impacted by the storms to report any damage. Up to 110,000 customers were without electricity in certain Dallas counties on Friday.

Meanwhile, California’s governor has announced a state of emergency to support disaster-relief efforts after a winter storm hit the state. NWS Los Angeles also warned of high winds possibly causing downed trees and power lines.

California’s snow cover in 2023 is at 192% of its normal levels.