Snow, Ice, Tornadoes, Flooding, Record Warmth As Winter Arrives

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Nearly 300,000 homes and businesses were without power in Michigan on Sunday and another 100,000 were without electricity in upstate New York and into New England due to a storm packing ice and high wind.

In northern New York's St. Lawrence County, tree limbs and power lines were coated in almost two inches of ice. It's part of a mix of nasty weather hitting various parts of the country that dished a bit of everything from Texas to eastern Canada starting on Saturday, the first official day of winter.

Forecasters say a cold front extending from the Gulf Coast to New England will bring widespread rain and snow to the eastern third of the country on Sunday.

While some areas cope with ice and snow, several Eastern cities again set record highs on Sunday. New York hit 71 degrees, Newark, New Jersey reached 71, Atlantic City's high was 68 degrees and in Philadelphia it was 67 degrees.

Some areas are cleaning up after heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. A line of storms stretching from southern Louisiana to Indiana has caused rivers and creeks to swell, flooding roads and spawning winds strong enough to force cars and trucks off of highways.

Nearly 500 flights into or out of U.S. airports had been cancelled and some 7,000 had been delayed by late Saturday night.

The storms are blamed for four deaths in Kentucky, three in Oklahoma and two in Mississippi. In Arkansas, at least five people were injured and two dozen homes damaged when two apparent tornadoes touched down.

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