A lot of record-breaking weather this weekend!
Icy roads brought on by an expected record-breaking storm snarled Albuquerque traffic Saturday night, closing roads, slowing cars to a crawl, causing rollovers across the city and prompting pleas from public officials that motorists stay home.
Interstate 40 was closed from Eubank to the Texas border at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Albuquerque police Officer Fred Duran said eastbound drivers would be forced off the interstate at Eubank, and would need to seek an alternate route. He also noted that all hotels along I-40 into Texas were turning people away.
By 10 p.m., Albuquerque police reported responding to 178 wrecks, though eastern New Mexico was expected to see the worst of the wintry weather.
Severe storms and tornadoes tore through north Texas, killing at least 11 people in the latest incident of deadly weather in the nation.
The storms hit Dallas suburbs Saturday evening, with Garland suffering the most casualties, authorities said.
Lt. Pedro Barineau with the Garland Police Department confirmed Sunday morning that eight people died in the storm that ripped through Garland.
Barineau said 15 people were hurt and 600 structures were damaged.
Three additional deaths were reported in Collin County, said Chris Havey, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. He declined to release any more information until authorities can fully assess the situation.
In some neighborhoods in Garland, the storms ripped facades off houses, leaving gaping holes. Cars that had been in driveways ended up inside homes after the tornado barreled through, witnesses said.
Officials said earlier that five of the deaths were related to vehicles hit by a tornado in southeast Garland.
This is Argentina:
But this was the scariest climate change story of them all. God help us.