U.S. Northeast Digs Out from Blizzard, Tornado Strikes in South

As the Northeast is slowly recovering from the blizzard, another storm hit the Northern Plains with tornadoes threatening the Southeast in a weekend of extreme weather across the country.

The strong storm left the U.S. Northeast on Sunday after killing at least nine people and causing numerous damages. Photo: Tim Buisman/Flickr

A new tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, causing severe damages, reported Anna Weber of the National Weather Service. The disaster hit the nearby town of Petal and destroyed a brick building.

Meteorologists predict that another round of strong winds and snow could bring more misery making the evening commute even more difficult.

In Boston schools were closed on Monday after touring neighborhoods throughout the city, where two feet of snow fell, Reuters writes.

Air traffic is almost restored after some 5,800 flights were canceled on the passed weekend, according to Flightaware, a flight-tracking service.

However, reports claim that coastal areas were also seriously hit by the storm despite being lashed by strong waves and hurricane-force wind gusts at the height of the storm.

Hundreds of people who had their homes left without power, were forced to take refuge in emergency shelters set up in schools or other places.

“For all the complaining everyone does, people really came through,” said Rich Dinsmore, 65, of Newport, R.I., who was staying at a Red Cross shelter set up in a middle school in Middletown after the power went out in his home two days ago.

Dinsmore, who suffers emphysema, was first brought to a hospital after the medical equipment he relies on failed when the electricity went out and he had difficulties in breathing.

“The police, the fire department, the state, the Red Cross, the volunteers, it really worked well,” said the retired radio broadcaster and Army veteran.

The Boston public transportation system partially resumed subway service and some bus routes on Sunday.

“Give yourself more time and expect that it is going to take us more time,” Beverly Scott, general manager of theMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, advised riders.

The National Weather Service forecast warmer temperatures causing rain in the region on Monday that would add considerable weight to snow already piled on roofs, posing the danger of collapse.

“We don’t recommend that people, unless they’re young and experienced, go up on roofs,” said Peter Judge, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Authorities warned of carbon monoxide dangers which took life of two people Saturday while they were sitting in running cars, including a teenager who went into the family car to stay warm.

Officials also asked homeowners to clear snow from heating vents in order to prevent carbon monoxide from seeping back into houses, CBS News reports.

Meanwhile, in Rutland, Vermont, the snow helped the police to catch a criminal, reported Rutland police Sergeant James Tarbell. After a burglar alarm went off at a gas station early in the morning, police found a broken window and discovered someone had stolen cartons of cigarettes, said Tarbell.

Following footprints in the snow, the police came to a nearby street, where they found a 42-year old man shoveling snow.

“It was an ungodly hour to be shoveling snow,” Tarbell said. Police arrested the man and found A duffel bag full of cigarettes on the front porch of the house.

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