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Spring storms brings winter back

High winds, ice, fog cause deaths in US

BY TRAVIS DUNN AND PJ HELLER | TATUM, TX | April 8, 2003

Nasty weekend weather pulled the plug on spring for much of the continental U.S. While unseasonably cold weather dumped snow across the northern U.S., high winds, plenty of rain and several possible tornadoes struck the South.

In Tatum, Texas, teams from the National Weather Services were investigating damage caused by a possible tornado Monday, said Bill Adams, NWS meteorologist in Shreveport, La. At least seven people were injured and eight trailer homes destroyed by the winds that whipped through this rural town on Sunday.

Brookhaven, Miss., was apparently hit by a possible tornado Sunday evening. Two people there were injured and several homes were damaged.

Parts of Nebraska got socked Sunday night and Monday morning with up to a foot of snow, according to Jeff Johnson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Johnston, Iowa. North-central Iowa saw up to eight inches of "heavy, wet snow," he said.

Farther north, Michigan, already reeling from a severe ice storm that hit on Thursday and Friday, received snowfall throughout the weekend. DTE Energy reported that 370,000 customers lost power due to the ice storm, and 200,000 were still without power on Monday morning, according to spokesman John Austerberry.

Consumer Power Company, another large Michigan energy company, reported 35,000 outages on Monday.

In central and western New York, hundreds of thousands of residents remained without electricity over the weekend after an ice storm knocked out power to the region. Upwards of 90,000 residents in Wayne County were without electricity. Power may not be restored until Wednesday.

Eleven shelters, most of them at fire stations, were set up to house people in Wayne County during the outage.

One of those who sought shelter was Jerome Jimerson of Marion.

"My house was getting colder than my freezer," he said.

The ice storm and resulting power outages prompted New York Gov. George Pataki declared a state disaster emergency for 13 counties. In addition to Wayne, the counties were Cayuga, Chenango, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca and Yates.

In Pennsylvania, four people were killed and 25 were injured Saturday in a pair of chain-reaction collisions on a fog-shrouded section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The accidents, which involved 16 tractor-trailers and other vehicles in the eastbound lanes, forced the closure of a 65-mile section of the turnpike between Breezewood and Carlisle. Five other vehicles were involved in a crash in the westbound lanes.

On Monday, a van slid off the slush-covered turnpike killing seven Chinese educators.

"This is the anniversary of the great Newark blizzard of 1982," said NWS meteorologist Harry Woodworth in Mount Holly, NJ. "It doesn't happen every year, but you can get some doozies."


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