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Storms Cut Power to Thousands in Southeast, Set Snow Record in Vermont

Storms break records in New England


'People can't keep up with the snow'; cities snowiest months on record


The Associated Press, Feb. 27, 2008


CONCORD, N.H. - Another snowstorm swept across New England on Wednesday, toppling seasonal snowfall records and dumping so much heavy snow on buildings that some collapsed under the weight.


An unoccupied summer pizza shop collapsed at Weirs Beach in Laconia, after the roof sagged about halfway into the two-story building and bowed the walls out, officials said.


On Tuesday, several people had to flee as the roof fell in at the Over Easy Cafe in Ossipee, N.H.


The dangerous snow load has kept roofing contractors and homeowners been busy.


"People can't keep up with the snow. They think it's going to stop, but it's just not stopping," said Shawn Greenwood, owner of Greenwood Construction, in St. Johnsbury, Vt.


"I've been roofing for 20 years and this is the worst I've ever seen," he said. "I was shoveling a roof off one day two weeks ago and the house next door caved in."


In Vermont, Burlington's 7.6 inches pushed the official snowfall past the February record of 34.3 inches and the winter record from December, January and February of 96.9 inches.


Around a foot of snow had fallen in parts of Vermont and New Hampshire.


Concord already had set a record for the snowiest December, January and February, and the storm pushed the total for the three months to 97.5 inches. For the entire snow season, Concord has seen 99.6 inches, off the record of 122 inches, set in the winter of 1873-74, but still enough to make it the 10th snowiest winter on record.


Schools throughout region closed


In northern Maine, Caribou had seen 144.5 inches this season as of Wednesday morning, putting it on pace to break the record of 181.1 for the entire season, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Turner.


Parts of eastern New York state also had gotten as much as a foot of snow, closing dozens of schools in the region, mostly in the Albany area.


Farther west, lake effect snow fed by moisture from Lake Michigan piled up nearly a foot deep Wednesday in northwest Indiana, and forecasters said totals could reach 20 inches by Thursday morning.

Indiana State Police diverted traffic from the eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road near Michigan City for about three hours Wednesday morning because large trucks could not get any traction on the snow-covered pavement.


Snow also blew across the Ohio Valley and farther south, closing schools in parts of Ohio, Kentucky, middle and eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.


The weather service said some areas in the mountains of western North Carolina could see up to 10 inches of snow.


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Snow, thunderstorms black out thousands


At least 2 deaths blamed on stormy weather; power woes in Southeast


The Associated Press, Feb. 27, 2008


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A broad storm system spread heavy snow across the Great Lakes region Tuesday and fired up violent thunderstorms that knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses in the Southeast.


At least two deaths were blamed on the stormy weather.


Fallen trees and other debris on roads slowed travel and several traffic accidents brought morning rush hour traffic to a standstill in Birmingham, authorities said.


A falling tree struck a mobile home and killed a 71-year-old woman in Leeds, a town outside Birmingham, The Jefferson County coroner's office said.


Utilities said about 42,000 homes and business lost electrical service across central Alabama early Tuesday.


Georgia Power spokesman Jeff Wilson said the number of customers without power rose to 93,000 by 8 a.m. Tuesday, with most outages in the Atlanta area. By 10:30 p.m., service was restored to all but about 1,000, Wilson said.


Snow fell from Illinois to New England, with more than 6 inches on the ground by late morning in northern Indiana and Ohio. Up to a foot of snow was possible in parts of Ohio, the National Weather Service said.


Schools were closed in parts of southern Michigan and northern areas of Indiana and Ohio, where the University of Toledo also closed for the morning. Some local government buildings closed in Ohio and the Akron zoo also closed for the day. Schools closed early in parts of New York state.


Several accidents shut down a stretch of slippery Interstate 75 in northern Ohio, and one man died in a wreck on a snow-covered Ohio highway, police reported.


Up to 16 inches of snow was possible across northern sections of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, the weather service said.


By the time snow stops falling Wednesday, Burlington, Vt., could surpass its February snowfall record of 34.3 inches and its December- January-February of 96.9 inches. Concord, N.H., already had set a record this year for the snowiest December, January and February with 89.1 inches.


"We'll be plowing for the next couple of days, at least," said Steve Goodkind, director of public works in Burlington, Vt.


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