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U.S. braces for another storm

The southwest and central U.S. are preparing for yet another strong winter storm, this after last weekend's killed more than 60 people across the country.

BY HEATHER MOYER | BALTIMORE | January 19, 2007

The southwest and central U.S. are preparing for yet another strong winter storm, this after last weekend's killed more than 60 people across the country.

New Mexico, western Texas and Oklahoma are expected to get the worst of the storm, which is expected to bring snow and ice to the region again. National Weather Service Winter Storm, Heavy Snow and Ice Storm warnings are in effect across the three states, with Winter Storm watches stretching north into Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska as well.

Parts of New Mexico and Texas could receive between eight and 12 inches of snow. Already soggy Dallas, San Antonio and Houston are expected to get more rain, which would exacerbate some river flooding in those areas.

This storm comes on the heels of another that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people from Texas to New York and Maine. Heavy snow and ice pummeled many states and numerous people remained without power Friday.

More than 80,000 people are still without power in Oklahoma, with much of the outages remaining in McAlester, Chouteau and Vinita. More than 87,000 people in Missouri were still without power as of Friday as well. Shelters are open in both states to help those stuck in unheated homes.

Officials are again warning the public about carbon monoxide poisoning from running generators or grills indoors or in areas with little ventilation. Several deaths have already been caused due to such poisoning.

State officials also continue to distribute generators to vital services, such as water facilities, shelters, and police and fire departments. In Oklahoma, the state department of health activated the Medical Reserve Corps to provide shelters and hospitals with nurses in order to relieve staff that have been working long hours since the storm.

Freezing temperatures have also been hitting California hard. Citrus producers there say at least 70% of the state's orange crop was severely damaged or destroyed by the cold temperatures. Growers of other products such as strawberries and avocados report similar frost damage as well.


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