US: Snow, sleet, rain cause chaos

2013-02-22 10:05

Washington - Barely two weeks after a massive snowstorm battered New England, another large storm hit the US on Thursday, this time delivering a mix of snow, sleet and rain to several states in the centre of the country.

The snow storm caused near white-out conditions, forcing officials to close more than 100km of a major highway in Kansas, where the governor declared a state of emergency, according to broadcaster NBC. Flights were cancelled at the airport serving Kansas City, which was brought to a standstill, the Kansas City Star reported.

NBC said one death, a traffic fatality, had been reported.

The National Weather Service said the storm was headed toward the Great Lakes. Chicago's O'Hare airport already cancelled Friday flights, NBC said.

The storm affected an area inhabited by about 60 million people stretching over all or parts of 20 states from northern Texas to southern Minnesota and from eastern Colorado to Virginia.

More than 30cm of snow

The states receiving the brunt of the storm on Thursday were Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, whose governor also declared a state of emergency. Farmers in the drought-stricken region welcomed the precipitation.

Parts of Kansas received as much as 30cm of snow. More than 27cm of snow fell in Wichita, Kansas, the most in 26 years. A portion of northern Arkansas was hit by freezing rain, the weather service said.

People were advised to stay home as schools were closed and travel was disrupted. Kansas City's airport reported several cancelled flights.

The storm also dumped rain in the states along the Gulf of Mexico, and some areas were under a flood warning.

Two weeks ago a massive winter storm blanketed much of New England and New York. Boston received several centimetres of snow in the storm, which also knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of people.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-02-22 11:00

    Yesterday I listened to Anele's version of the 2 top things she will get in a situation like this (chicken wings and oros) after another US citizen suggested pizza and beer. Anele I know you wanted to see the humour in it, but quite frankly I was not amused. You can go and get you chicken wings and oros. I'll think about the children and people in hospital, when power is cut, I'll think about the old age homes and foster homes. I'll think of how many people needed to take a flight home before seeing a loved one for the last time. How many were stuck in their vehicles of a 100km of a major highway in Kansas that were closed. Humour is a good thing, but ill in the face of natural phenomena.

      Alan - 2013-02-22 13:18

      Yoh! So Seriaaaas eyesanall.

  • afrikeni - 2013-02-22 11:38

    Where is the global warming brigade that always hails from roof tops when the same cities reach 40 degress celcius in summer. Is this global Earth will do as it pleases, as it has done millions of years before us!

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