Storm Slams Midwest, Leaving 4 Dead and Tens of Thousands of Travelers Stranded

By Jesse Sokolow on 11 November 2019
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DSC_0811 (1)Snow and ice have turned deadly in parts of the country as a major winter storm hit several major cities particularly hard.

Record snowfalls were reported in multiple cities and towns including Detroit, and authorities are blaming the deaths of four people on the snowy conditions in the Midwest and the Plains.  Temperatures in Chicago fell to record lows as the city got socked with 6” (15 cm) of snow

Meanwhile, over 1,800 flights have been cancelled and 7,600 flights were delayed as of 11 p.m. EST on Monday. Chicago O’Hare International Airport took the brunt of the cancellations: Over 1,200 flights in and out the airport were cancelled and an additional 1,600 were delayed.

Also at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, an American Airlines Embraer E145 arriving from Greensboro, North Carolina, in the early morning hours slid off the runway shortly after touching down.  The aircraft’s landing gear reportedly broke off and the aircraft veered onto an icy patch of ground.

Three women were killed in a head-on collision in Charlotte, Michigan, while, in Kansas, an eight-year-old was killed when a careening truck slammed into her parents’ vehicle.

The forecast for Tuesday was not much better in many areas.

“We’re heading below zero here pretty soon,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Donofrio late Monday. “By daybreak we could have wind chills anywhere from 0 to minus 10.”

 

 

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