Vi­o­lent Storm Heads To­ward East Coast

5 Killed as Sys­tem Lashes Plains, South

The Washington Post Sunday - - National News - By Heather Hollingsworth

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 14 — A se­vere weather sys­tem blamed for five deaths plowed east­ward out of the Plains on Satur­day, leav­ing snow piled more than a foot deep and rat­tling the Gulf states with vi­o­lent thun­der­storms.

The North­east pre­pared for pos­si­ble coastal flood­ing.

The storm blew across the Plains on Fri­day, leav­ing snow in Kansas and rak­ing Texas with high wind, in­clud­ing at least two tor­na­does.

“I felt my house start shak­ing like the wind, and I ran in here and grabbed my lit­tle girl,” Amanda Rymer, 21, said in Hal­tom City, Tex. “As soon as I moved her, the roof fell in right where she was stand­ing.”

The storm tore off roofs in Rymer’s neigh­bor­hood and de­stroyed porches and garages. About a dozen trac­tor-trail­ers were blown over.

A tor­nado was re­ported Fri­day south­west of Fort Worth and caused mi­nor dam­age, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. More wind dam­age to power lines, trees and roofs was re­ported to the east, in Dal­las and Rock­wall coun­ties, but me­te­o­rol­o­gists had yet to con­firm Satur­day whether tor­na­does formed there.

One man was killed in Fort Worth when a pile of lum­ber on his truck fell on him dur­ing the storm, and a po­lice of­fi­cer in Irv­ing, Tex., died when his pa­trol car slid on wet pave­ment and struck a util­ity pole, au­thor­i­ties said.

Three peo­ple were killed in Kansas in traf­fic ac­ci­dents on high­ways cov­ered with ice and slush, po­lice said. Up to 15 inches of snow fell in south­west­ern Kansas.

By Satur­day af­ter­noon, the sys­tem was spread­ing rain from Louisiana to Vir­ginia and across much of the Ohio Val­ley. Lines of strong thun­der­storms rolled across Louisiana and Mis­sis­sippi into north­ern Alabama, and the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice posted tor­nado warn­ings for wide ar­eas of Mis­sis­sippi and some parts of Alabama.

The weather sys­tem was fore­cast to strengthen when it reaches the East Coast on Sun­day and form a nor’easter, a storm that fol­lows the coast north­ward, with north­east­erly wind driv­ing waves and heavy rain.

“This is very odd for this time of year,” Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist John Koch said Satur­day in New York. “This is some­thing that you would ex­pect to see more in the mid­dle of win­ter.”

A flood watch was posted for the New York City re­gion as the weath- er ser­vice fore­cast two to four inches of rain Sun­day with wind gust­ing to 50 mph. Snow and sleet are pos­si­ble in­land, Koch said.

BY TOM FOX — DAL­LAS MORN­ING NEWS VIA ASOCIATED PRESS

The storm, which brought rain, strong wind and even heavy snow to the Plains and Texas on Fri­day, knocked down tree limbs in this Fort Worth neigh­bor­hood.

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