A bomb cyclone slammed the Midwest Wednesday bringing hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions.
The ferocious storm system unleashed winds up to 100 mph, similar to a Category 2 hurricane.
In Texas, wind gusts tore apart mobile homes near Dallas, knocked semi trucks over on their side and flipped small airplanes upside down.
The wind also contributed to a 26-car train derailment in New Mexico.
In Colorado over 1,000 motorists were stranded on I-25 southbound after getting caught in a multicar pileup.
Authorities scrambled to rescue drivers who were forced to wait for hours in the bitter cold.
Colorado State Patrol Corporal Daniel Groves was killed after being hit by a vehicle while helping a stranded driver.
And nearly 3,000 flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport.
Airport officials handed out blankets to stranded passengers.
Colorado’s governor has declared a state of emergency.