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Weather casts wide net with more severe weather, snow, tropical storm; 1 dead in Texas tornado

People gather on the beach to watch the big surf from Tropical Storm Ana in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Saturday, May 9, 2015.
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May 10, 2015 - 9:34 AM

CISCO, Texas - 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.

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 co-ordinator, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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 20-24 inches by the time the system moves out. Rapid City, South Dakota, had 8-11 inches, accompanied by 20-30 mph winds.

Nearly 18 inches of snow fell in southern Colorado, a state that also saw hail, flooding and tornado warnings over the weekend.

News from © The Associated Press, 2015
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