Fierce weather hammered Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma over the long holiday weekend, claiming at least fourteen lives as freezing rain caused accidents and flood waters swept people from their cars.
Eight people were killed in floods in North Texas, WFAA-TV reported. At least six others died as a result of accidents related to ice storms in Kansas and Oklahoma, the Associated Press reported.
Ice accumulation was up to an inch thick in north central Oklahoma on one of the nation’s busiest travel weekends. About 100 crashes were reported in the Texas panhandle and south Plains through late Friday.
“It’s a very dangerous situation when you get temperatures like that near freezing. The ice may look like it’s just water,” said Alex Sosnowski, Accuweather senior meteorologist. “The fact is when ice is near freezing, it’s much slipperier than when it goes down near 20 degrees.”
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