Winds batter southeast after snowstorm, tornadoes blast Midwest

Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:43pm EST

The United States is seen in a composite image taken from the NOAA GOES satellite February 21, 2014. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout via Reuters

The United States is seen in a composite image taken from the NOAA GOES satellite February 21, 2014.

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(Reuters) - A powerful storm that blasted the north central United States with heavy, wet snow and damaging tornadoes pushed onward Friday, threatening more twisters, severe thunderstorms and high winds in the southeastern states, forecasters said.

In central Georgia, trees and power lines were knocked down, and several buildings damaged on Friday morning, but no injuries were reported, a county official said.

The damaging winds came "very, very close" to a private school with children inside, Laurens County manager Bryan Rogers said.

The storm, called a panhandle hook for its origin in the panhandles of Oklahoma or Texas and its twisting shape, triggered concerns about damaging winds and possible tornadoes from parts of South Carolina through North Carolina, Virginia, southern Maryland and Delaware, forecasters said.

"There is a pretty extensive line of storms that extends from just west and southwest of Washington D.C. all the way down to the Florida panhandle," said Jeremy Grams, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center.

There were more than three dozen reports on Friday of high winds and damage in southern Georgia, northern Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

Nearly 3,000 flights were delayed around the United States and more than 700 canceled by about midday Friday, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks flights.

The same storm system slammed the north central United States on Thursday with heavy snow and blizzard conditions in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with severe thunderstorms and several tornado reports across central Illinois.

Reports of damaging winds stretched from Indiana south to Louisiana.

In Tennessee, winds ripped up the roof on a high school gymnasium in Gainesboro, Nashville TV station WKRN said. A wind gust up to 95 mph damaged trees and roofs in Hendersonville, a Nashville suburb. No injuries were reported.

The storm dropped up to a foot of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Motorists were advised to stay off ice and snow covered roads through much of Minnesota on Friday.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported 404 accidents since the storm hit on Thursday, one fatal. About 58,000 Minnesota and Wisconsin Xcel Energy customers lost power in the storm. Service was restored to all but 9,400 by midmorning Friday, Xcel said.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis, Tim Ghianni in Nashville, David Beasley in Georgia, Kim Palmer in Cleveland; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (2)
sabrefencer wrote:
thankfully, no one was killed, so far during these weather happenings…govt people do your jobs, help your citizenry…

Feb 21, 2014 1:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:
The US has received huge amounts of snow and ice this winter, and there will be floods caused by the melting. These meltwater floods have happened in prior years, and the US should prepare for them. A US water pipeline grid could pump water from flooding places to areas in drought. This would reduce excessive erosion of topsoil from floods and allow crop production in drought areas. Reuters has an article “Federal water allocation for drought-stricken California farms cut to zero” today that proves the need for a US water pipeline grid similar to the US power grid. I have also recommended construction of desalination plants along the US Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts to provide additional supplies of water. The US, Mexico, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Australia will become polluted deserts if they do nothing.

Since 2001, China has worked on a national water canal, pipeline, tunnel, pumping, lake, and reservoir system that moves naturally desalinated typhoon rain water from the east and south coasts and sends it to the north, center, and west. China stocks the canals, lakes, and reservoirs with fish for aquaculture. Floods in the east and south have become manageable, and irrigation raises food production in the north, center, and west. The plan should last through 2020 with modifications through 2025, and China will become a major producer of the world’s food. In 2011, China began a $1.7 trillion, 22 point, 5 year ($340 billion per year) plan to combat pollution that China will extend in 2016, so pollution will not hinder China’s food production as the anti-pollution measures work and are adjusted for improvements. Global warming also melts the Siberian tundra to raise Russia’s agriculture, aquaculture, livestock, and poultry in addition to timber, minerals, and industry. If the US does nothing, the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China and the FSR (KGB) in Russia will dominate or control the world’s food supply by 2020 to 2025.

Feb 21, 2014 3:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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