deadly winter storm has dumped snow in the American South, sent 34
tornadoes across several states, left hundreds of thousands without
electricity and killed at least six people.
day after Christmas, travelers were left stranded at airports due to
canceled flights as the winter weather continued to make its way
north. The storm left behind it a mess of destruction. Buildings in
Louisiana and Alabama were destroyed by tornadoes, sheets of ice made
the roads in Illinois slippery, and Indiana had so much snow that
officials told residents to stay at home. More than 189,000 customers
were left in the dark in Arkansas after the storm knocked out the
utility company Entergy Arkansas.
Mobile firefighter checks a house amid debris after a Christmas Day
tornado in Mobile, Alabama December 25, 2012.(Reuters / Marvin
town of Mobile, Ala. was severely damaged by tornadoes. Destroying
schools, a church, and causing car wrecks, the tornadoes ripped
through the town and terrified its residents.
could see it forming,” a
witness told CNN affiliate WALA. “And
then it came behind the church and then (there was) all green
fluorescent lighting and it was like popping transformers left and
right. You heard crashing and then the power went out.”
town suffered downed power lines and trees, leaving nearly 21,500
Mobile customers without power. But across the state, 26,600 were
without power. More than 84,000 in Arkansas and 4,000 in Louisiana
were also left in the dark.
young man is loaded into an ambulance after being injured during a
Christmas Day tornado in Mobile, Alabama December 25, 2012.(Reuters /
than 750 flights were canceled as of Wednesday morning, leaving
holiday travelers stranded as the US prepared for more damage. Six
deaths and several injuries have been blamed on the winter storm,
which began in the Gulf Coast and is on its way to New England.
25-year old man was killed by a fallen tree in Texas after it fell on
his pickup truck, while a 28-year-old woman suffered a fatal accident
on a snow-covered highway in Oklahoma. A third person was injured in
a tornado that struck Louisiana, while car accidents in the American
South killed three more, including a 76-year-old woman.
trees and power lines caused by a Christmas Day tornado are seen
along Dauphin Street in Mobile, Alabama December 25, 2012.(Reuters /
damage in the south has caused residents in the northeast to be
concerned as the storm continued to make its way north.
need to not travel. They need to just go where they’re going to be
and stay there,” National
Weather Service Meteorologist Rachel Trevino told Fox News. The
Northeast US is expecting further damage. The National Weather
Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of New York and
New Jersey, which are still struggling from the aftermath of
Hurricane Sandy. The regions are expected to accumulate four to six
inches of snow, as well as sleet and freezing rain that could make
the roads dangerously icy.
north, New York state could see more than 15 inches of snow. In an
attempt to reduce airport chaos, some airlines have decided to waive
fees for people trying to change their flights to leave the state
before the worst of the storm hits.
Americans experienced a Christmas like never before this year, and
many more are spending their post-Christmas days stuck at airports.
warnings stretch for 730 continuous miles due to Winter Storm
Weather Channel’s Tom Niziol reported.
the time I got home, the street was covered,” 44-year-old
Stephen Canter of Indianapolis told Indianapolis Star. “I
don’t remember snow like this since Valentine’s Day of 2007.”
hangs on a burned tree December 25, 2012 in the Breezy Point
neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.(AFP Photo /
much of the northeast continues to clean up the devastation left
behind by Hurricane Sandy in late October, the latest winter weather
storm will only make it more difficult for the families who have
already lost their homes or electricity.
"Roaddawg" Manley, a volunteer and honory firefighter with
the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, places a star on top of a
Christmas tree December 25, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of
the Queens borough of New York City.(AFP Photo / Andrew Burton)