Cleanup efforts have begun in affected areas in the southern and north-central United States after a widespread storm system produced strong winds and snow that caused extensive damage and several deaths earlier in the northeast on Saturday.
More than two feet (30 centimeters) of snow fell in parts of New York state, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine before the winter storm began to subside. Conditions were dangerous on the streets, where dozens of traffic incidents were reported, police said.
In the Albany region, the capital of New York, crews worked to restore power to nearly 20,000 customers as heavy, snow-covered tree limbs fell.
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The storm’s death toll rose with additional deaths reported in Indiana and Michigan A Kentucky governor reported that at least five people had died in that state when a system of straight winds, possible tornadoes, and strong thunder is generated in the afternoon of Friday.
The system previously dumped up to 10 feet (3 meters) of snow on California. Search teams rescued several Californians trapped in the state’s mountain communities Some residents in the mountains east of Los Angeles are likely to remain stuck in their homes for at least another week. After the snow too much snowplos is shown.
An Indiana state trooper was struck and killed by a vehicle Friday afternoon while assisting other traffic officers following weather-related accidents.
Officer James R. Bailey, 50, was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 69 near Auburn when he was struck by a fleeing Fort Wayne police vehicle, state police said. Bailey later died at the hospital. He had over 15 years of service with the State Police. A 42-year-old Marion, Indiana man was arrested and charged with Bailey’s death.
En Michigan An 80-year-old man died Friday night when he was hit by a snowplow backed up while snow was falling from the driveway in Ann Arbor, MLive.com reported. Snow’s driver claimed he didn’t know he had hit a man until a passenger told him, police said.
A storm in far north Maine completely wiped out the start of Day 30 of the Can-Am Crown, which bills itself as the biggest dog race east of the Mississippi.
Hundreds of businesses closed their doors, many flights were canceled and bus service was suspended. The wet snow was accompanied by winds gusting to 40 to 50 mph (64 to 80 km/h), raising concerns about falling trees and power outages, said Jon Palmer of the National Service in Maine.
In the upper Midwest, residents were hit by snow Saturday, which caused widespread power outages and prompted authorities to briefly close Detroit’s Wayne County Metropolitan Airport on Friday night. Travelers are advised to check with airlines for flight delays on Saturday.