Ottawa Citizen

U.S. North­east hit hard

Power lines down, tor­na­does spawned

- HOLLY RAMER

CON­CORD, N.H. • A win­ter storm that has killed more than a dozen peo­ple across the east­ern half of the United States plod­ded across the North­east on Thurs­day, trap­ping jet planes in snow or mud and frus­trat­ing trav­ellers still try­ing to re­turn home af­ter Christ­mas.

The storm, which was blamed for at least 16 deaths far­ther south and west, brought plenty of wind, rain and snow to the North­east when it blew in Wed­nes­day night. Lights gen­er­ally re­mained on and cars mostly stayed on the road, un­like many harder-hit places, in­clud­ing the south­ern state of Arkansas, where 200,000 homes and busi­nesses lost power.

By af­ter­noon, the pre­cip­i­ta­tion had stopped in parts of Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jersey, and Mas­sachusetts, though snow con­tin­ued to fall in up­state New York and north­ern New Eng­land. Parts of New Hamp­shire ex­pected as much as 45 cen­time­tres.

The North­east’s heav­i­est snowfall was ex­pected to be in north­ern Penn­syl­va­nia, up­state New York and in­land sec­tions of sev­eral New Eng­land states be­fore the storm heads into Canada on Fri­day, Na­tional Weather Ser­vice spokesman David Roth said.

While the East Coast’s largest cities — New York, Philadel­phia and Bos­ton — saw mostly high winds and cold rain, other ar­eas ex­pe­ri­enced a messy mix of rain and snow that slowed com­muters and those still head­ing home from hol­i­day trips. Some in­bound flights were de­layed in Philadel­phia and New York’s LaGuardia, but the weather wasn’t lead­ing to de­lays at other ma­jor East Coast air­ports.

On New York’s Long Is­land, a South­west Air­lines jet bound for Tampa, Fla., veered off a taxi­way and got stuck in mud Thurs­day morn­ing.

Of­fi­cials said there were no in­juries to the 129 pas­sen­gers and five crew mem­bers. Though the area re­ceived heavy rain overnight, South­west spokesman Paul Flani­gan said it wasn’t clear whether that played a role.

In Pitts­burgh, a flight that landed safely dur­ing the storm Wed­nes­day night got stuck in sev­eral inches of snow on the tar­mac for about two hours. The Amer­i­can Air­lines flight ar­rived be­tween 8 and 9 p.m., but then ran over a snow patch and got stuck.

Ear­lier, the storm sys­tem spawned tor­na­does on Christ­mas Day along the Gulf Coast.

In Arkansas, where two peo­ple died in a head-on col­li­sion, some of those who lost elec­tric­ity could be with­out it for as long as a week be­cause of snapped poles and wires af­ter ice and 25 cen­time­tres of snow coated power lines, said the state’s largest util­ity, En­tergy Arkansas.

Far­ther east, the storm knocked out power to more than 7,000 homes and busi­nesses in Mary­land, and util­i­ties were pre­par­ing for more out­ages as the wind picked up. In New Jersey, which is still re­cov­er­ing from Su­per­storm Sandy’s de­struc­tion, gusts of more than 112 km/h were recorded along the coast, and the weather ser­vice is­sued a flood warn­ing for some coastal ar­eas.

 ?? MATTHEW CA­VANAUGH/GETTY IM­AGES ?? Ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans nav­i­gate a snowy street on Thurs­day in Green­field, Mass., which was hit by a weather sys­tem that has brought snow, sleet and rain to parts of the north­east­ern U.S.
MATTHEW CA­VANAUGH/GETTY IM­AGES Ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans nav­i­gate a snowy street on Thurs­day in Green­field, Mass., which was hit by a weather sys­tem that has brought snow, sleet and rain to parts of the north­east­ern U.S.
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