Cold temps blamed for a dozen deaths as winter storm threatens South

Cold temps blamed for a dozen deaths as winter storm threatens South

Cold temps blamed for a dozen deaths as winter storm threatens South

It's the first time in 28 years that snow has fallen in Tallahassee, The Weather Channel reported. Bob Beres, a Highway patrol community relations officer, was on an icy stretch of I-26 in Charleston videotaping a spot for his Twitter feed warning drivers to stay off the road when a van slid off the road nearby into a ditch.

At a news conference, SC governor Henry McMaster warned people in the eastern part of the state to stay indoors if possible and to keep pets indoors. The city has declared an emergency and is hiring outside contractors to help fix water main breaks.

Feinstein says American also expects to reduce operations at Bradley International Airport in in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and to reduce flights of smaller American Eagle and shuttle flights at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

Governors of states in the path of the storm have declared emergencies.

On Wednesday morning, Grayson delivered 0.1 inch of snow and sleet to Florida's capital, Tallahassee, according to the National Weather Service.

"The temperatures are certainly extreme, but we've seen colder", said Joseph Nield, a meteorologist in Indianapolis, noting that the all-time low temperature in IN was minus 36 in 1994.

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Cold temps blamed for a dozen deaths as winter storm threatens South

It already has led to thousands of canceled flights and shuttered schools, as well as fears of outages and flooding.

Blizzard warnings were issued from Rhode Island to Maine. It could turn into a bomb, short for bombogenesis, a phenomenon that occurs when a system's central pressure drops steeply - 24 millibars or more - in 24 hours. School systems on the Alabama coast waived uniform requirements so students could bundle up.

Theme parks in Florida, including Walt Disney World, have reportedly cancelled water attractions.

"It's like a camping trip that I didn't sign up for", said Broussard, who's been huddling with her 8-year-old daughter, newborn baby and boyfriend in a bedroom warmed by space heaters.

The brutal weather, fed by punishing cold air sweeping in from Canada, put much of the country in a deep freeze. Nonetheless, African elephants, lions and gorillas were being sheltered out of public view because of the dangerously low temperatures.

As the cold pushed farther northward, Jerry Gorans found himself stunned by the frigid temperatures as he walked along the waterfront City Dock of Annapolis, Maryland, where birds stood still on icy water. "My feet hurt, my ears hurt".

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