• Time for household safety check, officials say

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Residents should make sure their household is prepared for emergencies at the same time they reset their clocks, the American Red Cross urges.

  • Warnings of black ice as death toll reaches 4 in Tennessee

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Temperatures will gradually warm up over the weekend, but meteorologists are warning motorists to be careful of black ice caused as a result of snow melting and then refreezing when the thermometer plunges in the evening. The latest winter storm dumped up to 14 inches of sleet and snow on parts of Tennessee, with the far northwest corner of the state getting hit the worst. Four people have died as a result of the weather, all from motor-vehicle accidents, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said Friday. "A lot of snow melting could create spots of black ice," said Shawn O'Neill, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Memphis. "We just urge folks to be cautious.

  • Maryland man blowing snow killed after hit-and-run

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    FALLSTON, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a Harford County man using a snow blower near his home was killed after being hit by a car. Police say 44-year-old Christian Widomski of Fallston was walking behind a snow blower around 7 p.m. Thursday when a Jeep Cherokee hit him and fled. Widomski was pronounced dead soon after at a hospital. Witnesses told police that the Jeep appeared to lose control before hitting Widomski. Witnesses describe the Jeep as dark in color, with flared fenders and a silver push bumper. Police don't have a description of the driver. A winter storm Thursday dumped about 7 inches of snow in the Fallston area.

  • NTSB has plenty of questions to answer in NYC runway slide

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation into a Delta jetliner that slid off a runway while landing during a snowstorm at LaGuardia Airport, there is no shortage of questions to pursue: How big a factor was the snow? Was the runway too slippery? Could it have been a mechanical problem? Did the pilot come in too fast? Thursday's accident of Flight 1086 from Atlanta caused only minor injuries to six passengers, but it was a scary case of what could have been at an airport notorious for its relatively short runways and proximity to water. The plane packed with 130 people smashed through a perimeter fence and came to rest just feet from the icy waters of Flushing Bay.

  • Oregon snowpack at record lows, warm dry weather ahead

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's snowpack is at record lows around the state, and the outlook for a warm and dry spring makes it unlikely things will improve much. The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service's monthly report Friday shows 32 sites where snow depth has been measured at least 25 years are at record lows. One near Mount Bachelor has just 6 inches of snow, for 10 percent of average. Only northeastern Oregon and Harney County in the southeast have more than 50 percent. Precipitation has been close to normal across much of the state, making it likely that most reservoirs will fill. But the service reports streams depending on melting snow for water through the summer are likely to be very low as t

  • Floods wipe out Christmas gifts in snow-battered Kentucky

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Floodwaters ruined hundreds of toys wrapped and ready for delivery next Christmas season to needy children, part of wild weather swings in Kentucky that dumped up to 2 feet of snow in some areas and trapped travelers on highways for nearly a day. Flooding in the state's Appalachian region appeared limited to areas near rivers swollen by rain and snow melt before the snowstorm walloped the state Wednesday evening and Thursday, state emergency officials said Friday. In Harlan County, Jim "Muggins" Bennett said flooding from the nearby Cumberland River seeped into sheds where he stores toys for his long-running operation of delivering Christmas presents to children, the Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund. About half his stockpil

  • 12 die, thousands evacuated in Argentine flooding

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Flooding from heavy rains has left 12 people dead in Argentina, officials said on Friday Swollen rivers in the past weeks have also forced the evacuation of thousands of people. The civil defense agency of the northern province of Cordoba said Friday that 10 victims have been found there, the most recent of them a farmworker who was caught in a swollen creek in El Fortin, some 430 miles (700 kilometers) north of the Argentine capital. A total of 1,434 people have been evacuated in Cordoba, where it rained as much in the past few weeks as all of last year. Those evacuees include all 1,000 people in the town of Idiazabal, which is completely flooded.

  • Record lows set across West Virginia

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Frigid temperatures that followed heavy rains and snow have set several records across West Virginia. The National Weather Service says the thermometer in Elkins bottomed out at 10 below zero Friday morning, breaking the March 6 record of zero set in 1901. In Clarksburg, the temperature dipped to 3 below, smashing the mark of 7 above set in 1960. Huntington's low of zero broke the record of 5 above set in 1960 and Parkersburg hit 3 above to eclipse a record that stood since 1960. Charleston's reading of 5 above broke a 98-year-old record.

  • Official: State to spend what is 'necessary' on snow removal

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A state transportation official said Friday the government will spend "whatever is necessary" to keep highways clear and safe in the next fiscal year. The statements came after Gov. Chris Christie's fiscal year 2016 budget summary showed the governor is proposing to cut spending on snow removal by $44 million. New Jersey Transportation Department spokesman Stephen Schapiro said Friday that Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox will have the final say on spending for snow removal. "Safety is NJDOT's top priority and the Department will spend whatever is necessary to keep state highways clear and safe for the public," Schapiro said in a statement.

  • Frosty air brings record lows to mid-Atlantic

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A blast of frosty air has brought record low temperatures to the mid-Atlantic region. The National Weather Service reports that temperatures hit record lows Friday morning at Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. BWI reached 10 degrees, breaking the previous records of 13 degrees set for the day in 1873 and 1901. Dulles reached 9 degrees, breaking the old record of 15, which was set in 1978.

  • More than 74,000 remain without power in W.Va. after storm

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Power companies in West Virginia say some customers that lost electricity during the recent winter storm likely won't have it restored until sometime this weekend. More than 74,000 customers remained without power Friday, when temperatures dipped below zero in many parts of the state. About 43,000 Mon Power and 31,600 Appalachian Power customers are without electricity. Cabell and Wood counties each have more than 9,000 outages. FirstEnergy says on its website that it expects to have power restored to most customers by late Saturday night. Appalachian Power says power won't be restored until Sunday evening because new outages keep occurring as more trees fall onto utility lines under the

  • Man who fled Hurricane Katrina to Utah missing for months

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say a man who settled in Utah after he was driven from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has been missing for months. South Salt Lake police say 60-year-old Curtis Crosby was last seen in October, when he was found camping in a vacant office building even though he had an apartment not far away. Authorities say Crosby's family got worried when he didn't call over the holidays, and his daughter traveled from New Orleans to search for him in homeless shelters and hospitals last weekend. He doesn't have any known mental or medical conditions that would explain his absence. Crosby is described as 5-foot-9 inch, 200-pound black man with brown eyes and a balding or shaved head.

  • Detroit plans to test new outdoor warning siren system

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit plans to test a new outdoor warning siren system this weekend. The test is 1 p.m. Saturday and officials say it will be the first time in years many residents have heard such sirens at home. The Detroit Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management has been working to enhance the system to notify residents of an immediate or approaching weather emergency. Subsequent tests will be planned at the same time on the first Saturday of each month. Sirens were originally installed throughout the city more than 35 years ago, but vandalism, copper line theft and closure or demolition of buildings housing the sirens left fewer than 20 in service. This weekend, 40 new sirens will be online. By next mon

  • Flooding destroys hundreds of toys to be donated

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Flooding in eastern Kentucky has damaged a Harlan County man's long-running operation of delivering toys to thousands of children each Christmas season. Jim "Muggins" Bennett says flooding from the Cumberland River seeped into sheds where he stores toys for the next Christmas delivery. He says hundreds of toys were ruined by flooding this week. State emergency officials say minor to moderate flooding has occurred along some eastern Kentucky rivers due to heavy rains and snow melt before the latest round of wintry weather. Bennett and his wife have been delivering toys and food boxes for more than 30 years. The operation has grown to where they provide about 3,000 toys and 600 food boxes each holiday season.

  • Aqueduct cancels again following snowstorm

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled Friday's card in an effort to save the upcoming weekend stakes. A Thursday storm dumped several inches of snow and ice on the track surface. The New York Racing Association said maintenance crews will spend Friday stripping moisture from the track with the goal of having a safe and even surface for Saturday's card which features the $400,000 Gotham Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race.

  • Hancock is lone W.Va. county in school Friday

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public schools are closed in all but one West Virginia county due to the recent winter storm. The exception Friday is in Hancock County. While the temperature dipped to record lows, Hancock County schools Superintendent Sue Smith says the roads were clear and dry, and bus drivers had no trouble getting around Friday morning. Hancock County missed three days of school earlier this week due to bad weather. With 13 missed days already, the school year isn't scheduled to end until June 16 in order to fulfill the state's minimum mandate of 180 days in the classroom. Smith says that was a concern because some parents have already made summer vacation plans. She says officials wanted to g

  • Warm weather forced Iditarod farther north

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start further north where there is snow and ice. A weather pattern that buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this winter, especially south of the Alaska Range. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts Saturday with a ceremonial run through Anchorage. But the official start two days later has been moved 225 miles (360 kilometers) north, over the Alaska Range, to Fairbanks to avoid the area that left many mushers bruised and bloodied last year. Iditarod officials said the conditions are worse this year.

  • Warm weather forces Iditarod sled dog race farther north

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start farther north where there is snow and ice. A weather pattern that buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this winter. "If I have one more person say to me to move the Iditarod to Boston, I'm going to shake my head," said race director Mark Nordman. The nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts Saturday with a ceremonial run through Anchorage. But the official start two days later has been moved 225 miles north, over the Alaska Range, to Fairbanks to avoid the area that left many mushers bruised and bloodi

  • North Carolina recovers quickly from latest winter storm

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina seems to be recovering quickly from the latest winter storm. The National Weather Service on Friday canceled a winter weather advisory for the central part of North Carolina. The advisory had warned of the dangers of black ice. It was still in effect until noon for most North Carolina's mountains. Schools in many parts of the state were opened two or three hours later than usual. Duke Energy reported no significant power outages, with only about 230 customers losing service.

  • Temperatures dip to record lows in Michigan ahead of warmup

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Temperatures have dropped to record lows in Michigan ahead of an expected weekend warmup. National Weather Service meteorologist Deb Elliott tells The Detroit News that a reading at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus was zero degrees on Friday morning, falling below the previous record for the date of 2 degrees from 1948. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports the temperature dropped to 2 degrees below zero at Jackson County Airport early Friday, a degree lower than the previous record for the date from 1901. The weather service says temperatures fell lower in other parts of the state, with readings of minus 15 in Port Huron, minus 14 in Lapeer and minus 9 in Oakland County's White Lake Townshi