Storm Stretching From Southern Plains To Northeast Causes Blackouts, 13 Traffic Deaths
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Roberto Rodriguez clears a tree from a driveway in Nichols Hills, Okla., near Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 10, 2007
Commuters contended with treacherous roads Monday from the southern Plains to the Northeast as a storm spread a coating of ice and freezing rain linked to at least 12 traffic deaths. Thousands of people had no electricity and airline flights were canceled Monday in Oklahoma. Winter weather warnings and advisories were posted along a cold front that stretched from Texas to New Hampshire. CBS News meteorologist George Cullen reports there is no relief in sight for winter-weary residents of the Southwest. "We have a new storm forming over the Southwest and unfortunately that's going to spread another round of sleet and freezing rain over the already ice covered Southern and Central Plains," reports Cullen.
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Roberto Rodriguez clears a tree from a driveway in Nichols Hills, Okla., near Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 10, 2007.
Oklahoma was especially hard hit, with more than a quarter-million customers blacked out Monday morning as ice-laden trees crashed onto homes and power lines. Schools were closed across the state and the Highway Patrol discouraged travel. Ice accumulations already a half-inch thick were reported Sunday in parts of Oklahoma and could build up to as much as an inch thick in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, the weather service said.
Icicles hang from a statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield, Ill., Dec. 9, 2007
Most morning flights were canceled at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport, where two of the three runways were iced over. Oklahoma utilities said about 300,000 homes and businesses were blacked out Monday, mostly in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas. There was no way to estimate when power might be restored, said Oklahoma Gas & Electric spokesman Gil Broyles. "This is a big one, we've got a massive situation here and it's probably going to be a week to 10 days before we get power on to everybody," said Ed Bettinger, a spokesman for Public Service Company. "It looks like a war zone." The Oklahoma City suburb of Jones, a town of 2,500 people, had very low water pressure because there was no electricity to run well pumps, and firefighters said an early morning fire destroyed most of the local high school. The utility AmerenUE said more than 30,000 customers remained without power Monday in Missouri and roughly 11,000 were blacked out in southern Illinois. On Sunday, blackouts affecting thousands of customers also were reported in parts of Illinois and Kansas.
Ice-covered trees line a street near the University of Oklahoma campus, Dec. 9, 2007, in Norman, Okla.
The sound of branches snapping under the weight of ice echoed through Oklahoma City neighborhoods. "You can hear them falling everywhere," Lonnie Compton said Monday as he shoveled ice off his driveway. In the Northeast on Monday, many schools across upstate New York were closed or started late because of icy roads. Last Monday, a mixture of snow, rain and sleet closed schools across a large area of upstate New York state. On ice-covered Interstate 40 west of Okemah, Okla., four people died in "one huge cluster of an accident" that involved 11 vehicles, including a tractor-trailer rig, said Highway Patrol Trooper Betsey Randolph. All 11 vehicles burned, she said.
An ice-covered downed tree covers a pickup truck in Joplin, Mo, Dec. 9, 2007.
Eight other people also died on icy Oklahoma roads, and Missouri had one death on a slippery highway. In addition, a transient died of hypothermia in Oklahoma City, the state medical examiner's office said. In Bartlesville, Okla., about 40 miles north of Tulsa, the roads are covered with ice, says CBS reporter Dan Bewley. "There's a lot of ice on the ground, the roads are very slick, the sidewalks are very slick, the parking lots are very slick here. There is ice covering the trees. The trees are dipping down into the power lines causing power outages," Bewley reports. "A very dangerous situation here in Oklahoma." Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt declared a state of emergency Sunday and activated the National Guard to aid communities affected by the storm. In Chicago, poor weather and low visibility forced the cancellation of more than 400 flights Sunday at O'Hare International Airport, authorities said. Several flights were canceled at Kansas City International Airport and at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.
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A low pressure system moving across parts of the Midwestern and Northeastern United States producing showers and freezing rain is seen in a December 10, 2007 NOAA satellite image. A deadly ice storm sweeping through the U.S. Plains left about 400,000 people without power as temperatures plunged and was blamed for at least 12 deaths, authorities said on Monday.
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Ice hangs from the tress in Lake St. Louis, Mo., Monday, Dec 10, 2007. Commuters contended with treacherous roads from the southern Plains to the Northeast as a storm spread a coating of ice and freezing rain linked to at least 13 traffic deaths.
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Ice covers everything in Jefferson City, Mo., as a steady rain and drizzle froze to the trees, power lines and every other exposed surface. Winter weather warnings and advisories were posted along a cold front that stretched from Texas to New Hampshire.
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Icicles hang from a statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007. The brunt of an icy winter storm system hit central Illinois leaving up to a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation and creating dangerous driving conditions. At least 13 deaths have been linked to the storm.
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A Joplin, Mo., resident trims ice covered tree limbs that were hanging over her driveway on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007
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Maple leaves hang, caked in ice, on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Pittsburg, Kan.
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The leaves and branches of an evergreen tree are caked in a thick layer of ice Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Pittsburg, Kan.
Het centrum van de Verenigde Staten is getroffen door een winterprik. In Oklahoma werd zelfs de noodtoestand uitgeroepen. Winterse buien veroorzaakten er ongevallen waarbij zeker dertien mensen omkwamen.
"In sommige delen van Oklahoma is er sprake van 2,5 tot 5 centimeter ijzel", zegt meteoroloog Dave Nadler. Meer dan 400.000 gezinnen in Oklahoma en Missouri kwamen door defecte stroomvoorzieningen zonder elektriciteit te zitten, aldus Nadler.
Volgens de meteoroloog zou het winterse weer nu meer naar het noorden trekken. De inwoners van Chicago (Illinois) zijn gewaarschuwd dat er ijzel, sneeuw en smeltende sneeuw op komst is. Tegen het einde van de week zouden ook New York en Washington winterse buien over zich heen kunnen krijgen.
Southbound I-635 traffic flows in the freezing rain in Kansas City, December 11, 2007
Trees are covered with ice from the freezing rain on a golf course in Kansas City, Kansas, December 11, 2007. Sleet and freezing rain blanketed much of central United States with a thick coating of ice on Tuesday, killing more than a dozen people and knocking out power to nearly a million homes and businesses.
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Matt Hamilton keeps dry as he walks in the freezing rain in Kansas City
Kansas City Board of Public Utilities workers Brett Rymer (L) and John Hoover work to clear a downed power line and pole in front of a house in Kansas City
Vehicles drive on the I-35 highway in the suburb of Merriam in Kansas City
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Vehicles drive past trees covered in ice in the suburb of Merriam in Kansas City
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A layer of ice forms on a statue of a lion in front of a home in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Sleet and freezing rain blanketed much of the central United States with a thick coating of ice on Tuesday, killing more than a dozen people and knocking out power to nearly a million homes and businesses.
The ice storm set in on Sunday and little relief from the wintry mess was in sight, as the National Weather Service predicted another icy blast later on Tuesday.
Oklahoma was hit the hardest. About 592,000 customers there lost electricity service, including more than 200,000 in Oklahoma City alone, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. At least 12 people died in storm-related accidents and one man died of exposure to the cold.
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De hevige winterprik, die sinds gisteren het centrum van de VS teistert en die nog zeker enkele dagen kan aanhouden, heeft al 23 dodelijke slachtoffers geÃ«ist. Dat meldt nieuwszender CNN. Vooral de staten Oklahoma en Missouri, waar respectievelijk 600.000 en meer dan 100.000 huishoudens zonder stroom zaten, zijn zwaar getroffen.
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Omvallende bomen en spekgladde wegen
Mensen kwamen om door bomen die omvielen omdat de bomen het gewicht van het ijs niet meer konden dragen. Er vielen ook slachtoffers door ongevallen op spekgladde wegen.
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Luchtverkeer in de war
Ook staten als Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska en Illinois baren de meteorologen zorgen. Op de luchthaven van Chicago zijn minstens 100 vluchten geannuleerd.
De Amerikaanse president George Bush heeft ingestemd met de vraag om de noodtoestand uit te roepen. Daardoor is federale hulp mogelijk voor de slachtoffers van het winteroffensief.
24 Dead, Widespread Power Outages, Travel Hampered; Oklahoma Especially Hard Hit
It may look like a winter wonderland, but make no mistake, a powerful storm has socked the Midwest with a treacherous mix of ice, snow, and freezing rain, knocking out power to a million homes and businesses.
At least 24 deaths have been linked to the storm.
Another wintry blast was forecast to develop Wednesday over the southern Plains. The new system was expected to bring more sleet and freezing rain to Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas, but not nearly as much as the previous storm.
"Temperatures will gradually climb into the low to mid 30s today across the ice-encrusted Plains, and by tomorrow, readings may get close to 40, which will help to melt most of the ice, but it'll be a slow process," says CBS News meteorologist George Cullen.
Oklahoma is in worst shape, reports CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes. Officials say it could take a week or more to restore power to 600,000 customers who are shivering in the dark.
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A motorist drives past frozen grass off Highway 69 on the north end of Quapaw, Okla, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007.
Stephanie Brand of Delafield, Wis., uses a broom to sweep snow off her car
Ice covers a snowman outside the campaign headquarters of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, in Des Moines, Dec. 11, 2007. A massive ice storm moving through the Midwest caused many candidates to cancel scheduled campaign appearances.
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Dec. 11: Ryan Shaw, of Holton, uses a chainsaw to remove tree limbs from his neighbor's car at 5th and Iowa in Holton, Kan.
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Dec. 11: Workers restore power lines in a St. Joseph, Mo. neighborhood
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Dec. 11: A tree sits on top of car in front of a house in St. Joseph, Mo
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Dec. 11: Bicycles are covered in ice at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.
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Dec. 11: A utility worker repairs power lines in Kirksville, Mo. after an overnight ice storm.
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Dec. 11: Walking along the sidewalks on Noyes Boulevard, Michael Lee makes his way toward downtown St. Joseph, Mo. Lee said that he, like many St. Joseph residents, had tree limbs down in his yard and a tree that fell on his house
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Dec. 11: An unidentified University of Kansas student makes his way to the Kansas Union on campus in Lawrence, Kan. KU held final exams as scheduled though other schools in the area closed due to icy weather. Kansas State University in Manhattan canceled classes and is rescheduling final exams.
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Dec. 11: Josh Russell of Altoona, Iowa, scrapes snow and ice off his car in Altoona, Iowa. A thick glaze of ice brought down power lines and cut electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closed schools and canceled flights as a major storm blasted the nation's midsection.
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Dec. 11: A boy rides down a snow and ice covered street in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Dec. 11: A campaign sign for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is coated in ice as bad weather continues in Des Moines, Iowa. Democratic and Republican candidates were to make their way there for presidential debates planned for Wednesday and Thursday
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Dec. 11: A car is covered in ice-coated tree limbs in Oklahoma City
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Dec. 11: A tree shattered by an ice storm lies in a heap in a residential area in Oklahoma City. A winter storm has coated much of Oklahoma in ice, knocking out power to more than 400,000 homes and businesses.
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Dec. 11: A residential street is blocked by fallen tree limbs in Oklahoma City. A winter storm has coated much of Oklahoma in ice, knocking out power to more than 400,000 homes and businesses.
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Dec. 11: Poinsettias are coated in ice in the front yard of Stan Turner's home in Oklahoma City.
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Dec. 11: Mike Savage, who usually works as a meter technician for the local power company in Oklahoma City, rolls up a downed power line after capping it off and making it safe in a residential neighborhood in Oklahoma City.
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Dec. 11: Pedestrians brace against the cold and snow as they walk down the 16th Street Mall in Denver.
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Dec. 11: A mailbox sits covered in ice in Kirksville, Mo., after an overnight ice storm.
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Dec. 8: Work crews along a section of Highway 6 near Pe Ell, Wash., is seen.
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A slide over Hwy. 6 in Lewis County Wash., still blocks the road.
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Dec. 8: Four cars that slid off of Interstate 25 near Longmont, Colo
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Storm that hit nation's midsection could drop foot of snow on Northeast
OKLAHOMA CITY - A winter storm that left the nation's midsection coated in ice marched eastward Thursday, while many of the places it already hit continued to shiver as crews worked to restore electricity. In Oklahoma, at least 350,932 homes and businesses still were without power early Thursday, officials said. The storm pummeled the region for three days this week, bringing down power lines with heavy ice and leading to the deaths of 33 people, mostly in traffic accidents. Some places in the Northeast could receive up to a foot of snow Thursday, said Brian Korty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md. Schools in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced closures, in some cases before flakes even began to fall.
"Our main concern now in the next day or so is as this storm that's affecting the Midwest comes eastward, it's going to start producing a lot of significant winter weather across the Northeastern portions of the nation," Korty said. On Wednesday, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry toured an upscale, historic neighborhood in northwest Oklahoma City where debris from trees felled by the ice littered lawns and roadways. He called the storm one of "absolute historic proportions." More than two dozen shelters were set up at churches and community centers across the Oklahoma for people needing a warm place to stay. Exhibit halls at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City were turned into a shelter Wednesday capable of housing more than 700 people.
Wayne Wooldridge lasted only one cold, dark night in the frigid house he volunteered to watch for his son, who is deployed overseas for the U.S. Air Force. "I can get bundled up pretty warm in the house, but there was no light at night," Wooldridge, 68, said Wednesday at a shelter. "We get spoiled." Stella Elam, who lives with her daughter near the state Capitol, hadn't had electricity since Sunday night. She purchased plenty of batteries, candles and lanterns before the storm, and food in her refrigerator lasted until Tuesday. "I've lived here practically all my life. As I was driving to the store, I was looking at how much stuff is on the ground. It reminds you of a hurricane coming through," she said.
Sunshine and milder temperatures on Thursday should help cleanup efforts in much of the Plains, but another winter storm approaching from the west could dump heavy snow on parts of Oklahoma on Friday.Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has declared disaster areas in five counties. In southern Iowa's Wayne County, where power was out for much of the region, officials set up six shelters, said Bill Yeager, emergency management coordinator. "We're transporting people almost continuously right now," Yeager said. "In the rural areas, we've had the power companies tell us it'll be from three, to five, to seven days before we get it restored."
Hillary Rodham Clinton, campaigning in Iowa, was stranded in the Midwest and could not make a New Jersey fundraiser. She had her husband substitute. Industrial-size generators, bottled water, plastic sheeting to cover 2,000 damaged roofs, and blankets arrived via the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was authorized by President Bush's emergency disaster declaration to help all 77 Oklahoma counties clean up. In downtown Oklahoma City, Billy Weaver, a 45-year-old homeless man, escaped the cold at the City Rescue Mission. Weaver said he's only had a quilt to wrap around himself to fend off the cold. "I don't know what I'd do if we didn't have a shelter to go to," he said. At the John 3:16 Mission in Tulsa, a lottery is held each day to determine who gets a bed, and the facility is scrambling every bed, mattress and bench it has to accommodate people, said The Rev. Steve Whitaker, executive director at the mission. "It's gut-wrenching to turn those guys away," he said.
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Dec. 13: Stephen Kaliher, 10, shovels heavy slush and snow from in front of his home in Frackville, Pa. School was canceled at Shenandoah Valley Elementary where Stephen attends the fourth grade. The Pennsylvania State Police say the wintry weather blowing across the state was causing a few scattered road closures but no serious problems.
Another blast was forecast Friday for the nation's midsection, where hundreds of thousands are still in the dark after a deadly ice storm brought down power lines, snapped trees and coated roads, while the National Weather Service warned a significant storm could dump more snow over southern New Hampshire and southwest Maine on Saturday. Though the official start of winter is just a few days away, a wintry ice storm threatened to create more havoc in the Northeast on Friday, with forecasters warning of more snow for the weekend.
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Dec. 13: Connecticut State Police check on stranded motorists waiting for a tow along Interstate 84 in East Hartford, Conn. Connecticut was expecting up to 10 inches of snow in the first storm of the season.
The system could complicate restoration efforts to the some 500,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri still without power after the first storm darkened 1 million customers at its height earlier this week. Between two and six inches of snow was predicted for parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, said Ken Harding, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, Kan. The National Weather Service issued winter weather watches for the northwest two-thirds of Oklahoma from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Many emergency shelters already were filled, with some residents on their fourth or fifth day of waiting for power to return. Kim Harrel has been staying at an American Red Cross shelter in downtown Tulsa since Monday. "It's a very humbling thing in life," Harrel said, watching her kids play a game of Twister in the gymnasium on Thursday.
Meanwhile, residents in the Northeast were hard at work Friday shoveling driveways and walkways. As the storm moved east, it changed from ice to snow, and dropped anywhere from two inches to a little more than a foot across the region.
While it didn't cause the same problems as it did in the middle of the country, it made travel difficult. Flights were delayed or canceled and the heavy snow snarled traffic with fender-benders from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. Most schools canceled classes, but in Rhode Island, the storm left many Providence children stuck in buses or at school for hours. Janet McCaulley, a doctor, tried to drive from Boston to work an overnight shift at Cape Cod Hospital, but couldn't get there. She found a replacement and checked in at a motel for the afternoon. "In just an hour, the roads went from being bare to being covered in snow," McCaulley said.
David Rose, who owns an auto body and repair shop, expects to be one of the few beneficiaries of the storm. "We'll have a lot of collision repair, batteries, tires and a lot of things people realize they needed, wipers for the snow," said Rose, whose shop is in Columbia, Conn. The region was readying for another major storm this weekend. Harding said the storm heading for Oklahoma will intensify. Starting Sunday night, the system will drop "huge amounts of snow, probably blizzard conditions in New England," he said. More than a foot of snow was predicted for places in Vermont, New Hampshire, upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania.
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Dec. 13: A bicyclist struggles through a heavy snowfall during the season's first snow storm during the evening rush hour in downtown Boston. Schools and businesses closed early, airlines canceled flights and snowplows took to the roads as a storm dumped snow at a rate of an inch-and-a-half an hour across much of Massachusetts on Thursday.
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Dec. 13: Quy Tu, left, helps up his sister Anh Tu, center, after their mother, Phuong Nguyen, right, sprayed them with snow from the snowblower at their home in East Hartford, Conn.
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Dec. 13: Jessica Whitehead, 12, left, and her sister Rachel, 11, of North Andover, Mass., look for the perfect Christmas tree at Riverside at the Den in Lawrence, Mass., as snow falls during the first major snowstorm of the season
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Dec. 13: Chris Chenard carries a Christmas tree for a customer while Dennis Collins shovels at Riverside at the Den in Lawrence, Mass., as snow falls. Some 6 to 10 inches of snow were expected by evening in the area.
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Dec. 13: An unidentified student, covered in snow, walks through a snow storm in Providence, R.I. All Rhode Island public schools and many private ones decided to let students out earlier because of the winter storm hitting the East Coast.
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vr 14/12/07 - In de Verenigde Staten zijn nu al zeker 36 mensen omgekomen bij het hevige winterweer. Vooral het noordoosten en de Midwest liggen onder een sneeuwtapijt.
De meeste doden vielen bij verkeersongevallen, maar er zitten ook mensen vast in hun huizen. In totaal zitten 300.000 mensen zonder stroom.
Vooral de staten in het noordoosten zoals Connecticut, Massachussetts en New Jersey zijn getroffen.
Ook Missouri en Oklahoma liggen onder een dik sneeuwtapijt en in een groot deel van die staten is de noodtoestand afgekondigd.
Veel scholen, bedrijven en openbare gebouwen zijn gesloten en veel wegen zijn onberijdbaar. De meeste vluchten in de getroffen staten zijn afgelast.
A man shovels his front walk in Somerville, Massachusetts in this January 23, 2005 file photo. New England dug out on Friday from a record-setting storm that dumped 10 inches of snow on Boston, more than the city typically sees in the entire month of December.
BOSTON (Reuters) - New England dug out on Friday from a record-setting storm that dumped 10 inches of snow on Boston, more than the city typically sees in the entire month of December. Thursday's storm hit hours before the afternoon commute, snarling roadways and leaving some travelers -- many of whom left their offices early only to face the storm's full force on the road -- stranded for hours during their trips home. Others had to abandon their cars or sleep in them after running out of fuel, local media reported. More than 400 flights were canceled at Boston Logan International Airport.
The National Weather Service said the region could expect another blast over the weekend, when a second storm is expected to drop 6 inches of snow and sleet starting on Saturday evening. "It is a powerful Northeaster," said Charlie Foley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts. "The difference in this storm is that it is going to occur during the overnight hours and on the weekend, so we wouldn't expect it to have the impact that this thing yesterday did. Thursday's snowfall set a new one-day record for December 13, and was more than the 7.8 inches that typically falls during the entire month of December. Foley said temperatures were expected to reach 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 C) on Friday, warm enough to melt some of the snow.
Logan Airport had returned to normal operations by Friday, with about 41 outbound flights canceled, said spokesman Phil Orlandella. "The airlines will have to play catch up for a couple of days," Orlandella said. "It's not a madhouse here, things are moving pretty well." He said airport management did not yet know how their operations would be affected by the coming weekend storm.
States still trying to restore power to get more snow; Northeast also hit
OKLAHOMA CITY - With crews still trying to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses that were blacked out during a winter storm last weekend, residents braced for a second wintry blast that was expected to blanket the region in snow on Saturday.
Alicia Montesano, of Arlington, Mass., clears snow from her car at Logan International Airport in Boston, Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, a day after the first major snowstorm of the season hit the area. Montesano said she arrived back in town after being stranded in Baltimore overnight. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
John Caiati, owner of Maids Home Services, uses a snow blower to clean around his business in North Andover, Mass. Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, after the first major snowstorm of the season hit the state Thursday.
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David Strosberg clears snow from a driveway in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 14, 2007
People skate on the ice rink on Boston Common in Boston
Jonas Jasiukonis of Denver clears snow from his vehicle in Aspen, Colo
A pedestrian is bundled against the snow in Albany, N.Y.
Drivers attempt to dig their vehicles out of snow, in Omaha, Neb
Stranded motorists wait for a tow truck along Interstate 84 in East Hartford, Conn.
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An icy tree is seen after damaging a home in St. Joseph, Mo. Utility officials were trying to restore power to thousands of northwest Missouri residents on Thursday after an ice storm that's being called the worst in years in that part of the state
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Ice covers power lines in St. Joseph, Mo
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A horse stands near a barn in Noxen, Pa., during the snowstorm
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U.S. postal worker James Holzmann battles the elements to deliver the mail in Parsippany, N.J.
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A van passes an Amish buggy in the rain traveling out of New Wilmington, Pa., as a powerful winter storm hit the Northeast.
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Ice hangs in a tree in Northern St. Joseph, Mo. Utility officials were working to restore power to thousands of northwest Missouri residents after an ice storm that's being called the worst in years in that part of the state.
Oklahoma residents were mostly spared a threatened second wintry blast on Saturday, as crews were still working to restore power to homes and businesses blacked out by last weekend's storm. Neighboring Kansas, however, had up to a foot of snow Saturday morning as the storm took aim across the Midwest into New England.
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Icy Winter Plows Through Plains; New England Gets It Next
Cows brace for winter weather at a farm west of LaPorte, Ind. Saturday Dec. 15, 2007
Snow fell from the Plains across the Midwest on Saturday, accumulating as much as a foot in places, as the second wintry storm in a week barreled through on its way to New England. Hundreds of thousands of people were still without power from the storm earlier this week, which caused 38 deaths, 23 in Oklahoma, reports CBS' Wendy Gillette.
Winter storm warnings and watches extended Saturday from Missouri across parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, the National Weather Service said. As much as 15 inches of snow was forecast in sections of southern Michigan, with 10 inches possible in Detroit.
Snow started falling early in the afternoon in Pittsburgh but was expected to change to rain and freezing rain. "We'll have little bit of everything before the night is over," said Bill Drzal, a Weather Service meteorologist in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh could see about an inch or two of snow, but areas to the north and east could see as much as 12 inches through Sunday night, according to the Weather Service.
In Chicago, more than 200 flights were canceled because of the weather Saturday at O'Hare International Airport, and other flights were delayed 30 minutes to an hour, said Chicago Department of Aviation spokesman Gregg Cunningham. The problem was limited visibility in the falling snow, said United Airlines spokeswoman Robin Urbanski.
Concern about the approaching storm also led the University of Connecticut to cancel Sunday's winter commencement ceremony. About 850 undergraduates had expected to receive diplomas Sunday, but school spokesman Richard Veilleux said officials were concerned about the safety of the students and their families and other guests on slippery roads.
Freezing rain was the culprit earlier in the week, coating streets, windshields, tree limbs and power lines with ice as thick as an inch in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Oklahoma, hardest hit by the earlier storm, got only cold, light rain early Saturday, turning to snow during the morning. One to 3 inches of snow was forecast.
Neighboring Kansas, however, had as much as a foot of snow Saturday morning, and the Highway Patrol reported Interstate 70 in central Kansas was snowpacked. "We've had no fatalities or pileups, but we have numerous slideoffs," said Mary Beth Anderson, a patrol dispatcher. "I don't think there are a lot of travelers, just the ones who have to get out and go to work." More than 2,300 people were in Kansas shelters Saturday because of the power failures and the fresh snow, said Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the state Adjutant General's Department. "We just opened the National Guard Armory in Russell because of the amount of people needing shelter," Watson said. "I think they're mostly travelers because of the highway conditions there."
At the height of the last storm, a million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri were blacked out. By Saturday morning, Oklahoma utilities said about 181,000 homes and businesses still had no electricity. Some 62,000 were still blacked out in Kansas, and Missouri utilities reported about 27,000 customers still off line. Officials in Oklahoma had worried the new snow could hamper power restoration efforts, but it turned out not to be a problem. "The first several days, crews were working on emergency restoration and getting the backbone of the structure up - the main feeders and transmission lines," said Stan Whiteford, a spokesman for Public Service Co. of Oklahoma. "Now they're really getting into the neighborhoods. The customers are coming on in bigger chunks."
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Snow Sweeps Across Midwest, Up to 14 Inches In Places
Tow trucks were much in demand this weekend: One is on the scene to retrieve a car which slid off of the road in Oklahoma City, Dec. 15, 2007
Snow falls as Michael Cresswell removes tree limbs at a commercial property, December 15, 2007 in Tulsa, Okla. The damage to the trees was caused by last Sunday's ice storm, and many people from the Tulsa and surrounding area remain without power due to that storm as they brace for a second round of winter weather.
A weekend winter storm sweeping across the Midwest dumped more than a half foot of snow on parts of southern Michigan by Sunday morning and was blamed in the deaths of at least two people on the roads.
The National Weather Service said the storm could dump up to 14 inches of snow through Sunday night in places.
Dozens of traffic accidents, most of them minor, had been blamed on slippery roads and whiteout conditions in Massachusetts. Michigan police reported minor accidents on roads across the state.
On Saturday, a woman died following a three-vehicle crash on slippery U.S. 23 in Michigan's Monroe County. The sheriff's department told The Ann Arbor News that Ralitza Kuncheva, 24, of Dundee, was riding in a car that crashed in Milan Township, about 35 miles southeast of Detroit. Authorities say the driver lost control of the car and spun into oncoming traffic.
And in southwest Michigan on Saturday along Interstate 94, near Stevensville, the winter weather was blamed in the death of a motorist, the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reported. Michigan State Police said Sunday that additional information on the death wasn't immediately available.
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BOSTON (Reuters) - A major winter storm that dropped more than 10 inches of snow across parts of the Midwestern United States barreled into New England on Sunday, with snow, freezing rain and forecasts for winds as high as 50 miles per hour.
Roads were covered in snow and local airports reported hundreds of flights canceled, but authorities reported no major accidents or power outages.
The wintry blast came just a week after an earlier ice storm in the Midwest contributed to the deaths of at least 13 people and left hundreds of thousands without power.
Chicago's O'Hare International and Midway airports were dealing with the aftermath of the storm on Sunday.
In New England, about 8 inches snow fell around Boston, though the precipitation had changed to rain across coastal areas of the region by afternoon, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
In New England, the storm, which started in the predawn hours of a weekend day, did not bring the disruption of Thursday afternoon's snowfall, which blanketed the region with about 10 inches of snow as millions of commuters were trying to head home.
The Boston area typically gets about 7.8 inches of snow through the entire month of December.
"At this point, fortunately, because there's been such limited travel out there, folks are listening, there really haven't been any major accidents of significance," said Peter Judge, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. "But the attraction of the Patriots game is going to bring a lot of traffic."
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Dec. 16: A woman skis along the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass
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Dec. 16: Pedestrians brave the blowing snow as they cross the main street of Chagrin Falls, Ohio
The National Weather Service posted winter storm warnings across the Great Lakes states into New England on Sunday as a storm blamed for three deaths spread a hazardous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Meteorologists said 18 inches (46 centimeters) was possible in northern New England, and there was a chance of up to 14 inches (35 centimeters) in parts of Michigan.
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BOSTON (Reuters) - A snowstorm that blanketed parts of the Midwestern United States barreled into New England on Sunday, bringing snow, freezing rain and high winds that grounded flights and made driving treacherous.
Roads were slick with snow and ice, and local airports reported hundreds of flights canceled across New England.
Upstate New York received as much as a foot of snow, while the storm spared New York City, leaving only a coating of icy slush. Thousands of people were without power in New Jersey, Long Island and parts of Connecticut, authorities said.
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In New England, about 8 inches of snow fell around Boston, though the precipitation changed to rain across coastal areas by afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
The wintry blast came a week after a Midwest ice storm was blamed for 13 deaths and cut power to hundreds of thousands.
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It stopped snowing on Sunday in Chicago, but O'Hare and Midway airports canceled more than 150 flights and delayed dozens more, according to city aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride.
In New England, the weekend storm did not bring the disruption of Thursday's snowfall, which dumped about 10 inches
of snow across the region as millions of commuters were trying to head home.
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