Ottawa Citizen

Post-christ­mas chaos

A win­ter storm ex­pected to hit Ot­tawa cut a deadly swath through the United States,

- Weather · Disasters · Incidents · Oklahoma City · United States of America · Arkansas · Oklahoma · Texas · Louisiana · New York City · Washington · Philadelphia · Mississippi · Alabama · National Weather Service · Episcopal Church · Scott · Washington · Mobile · Rye, New York

OK­LA­HOMA CITY • The death toll rose to six Wed­nes­day from win­ter storms in the U.S. mid­sec­tion that pushed to­ward the north­east. Hun­dreds of flights were can­celled in the storm’s path.

Two pas­sen­gers in a car on a sleet-slick­ened Arkansas high­way died when the ve­hi­cle crossed the cen­tre line and struck an SUV.

In Ok­la­homa, the high­way pa­trol said a 76-year-old woman died Tues­day when a truck crossed into on­com­ing traf­fic and hit the car she was in. The high­way pa­trol ear­lier re­ported that a 28-year-old woman was killed in an­other crash.

The storm’s winds were also blamed Tues­day for top­pling a tree onto a truck in Texas, killing the driver, and a tree onto a house in Louisiana, killing a man.

More than 600 flights na­tion­wide had been can­celled, ac­cord­ing to flight track­ing site FlightAwar­e.com. More can­cel­la­tions were likely, with Washington, New York and Philadel­phia ex­pected to see the most prob­lems.

Thirty-four tor­na­does were re­ported in Texas, Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi and Alabama dur­ing Tues­day’s out­break, the U.S. Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said. The storms left more than 100,000 in the re­gion with­out power for a while, dark­en­ing Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions. Cam­era footage cap­tured the ap­proach of the large fun­nel cloud in Mo­bile, Ala., the big­gest city hit by numer­ous twis­ters.

A large sec­tion of the roof on the city’s Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church was miss­ing, said Scott Rye, a se­nior war­den at the church.

On Christ­mas Eve, the church with about 500 mem­bers was crowded for ser­vices.

“Thank God this didn’t hap­pen last night,” Rye said.

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