Midwestern U.S. experiencing snowy cyclone with hurricane winds

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A monster winter storm, bearing down on the nation’s midsection.

The storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts, blizzard conditions, and a flood threat.

Drivers stranded in I-25 in Colorado, runways closed at Denver Airport due to low visibility, and even a toppled radio tower in Texas.

Watches, warnings and advisories cover about 1.5 million miles, stretching from the Canadian to Mexican border.

Meteorologist Bob Van Dillen said, “The pressure in the storm right around Colorado is going to drop down in 24 hours or less. Considered to be a bomb cyclone.”

That pressure expected to drop to the level of a category 2 hurricane.

Denver is under a blizzard warning as snow blankets the region.

Wind gusts could reach as high as 70 miles per hour.

Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said, “In spots, we’re talking about hurricane force wind gusts across portions of the inter-mountain west and the high plains.”

Further south in Texas, severe weather ripped through the Dallas region. Mobile homes were flipped on their side in Johnson county, and at least one tractor trailer was rolled onto its side.

Nearby in Grand Prairie, several small planes were damaged at the municipal airport. Officials say at least one person was injured.  

The storm already sparking major delays at airports.

More than a thousand flights were canceled by Wednesday afternoon.

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