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‘Bomb cyclone’ sweeps toward Midwest

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/14/19, 10:32 am

National Guard troops rescued stranded motorists in Colorado after a massive late-winter storm swept across more than 25 states on Thursday, bringing blizzards, high winds, floods, and a tornado. The “bomb cyclone,” or rapidly developing low-pressure system, triggered a blizzard that caused widespread power outages in Colorado. The storm caused airlines to cancel hundreds of flights at Denver International Airport, and about 200 vehicles were disabled on Interstate 25 near Colorado Springs. Cpl.

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Midwest cold causes disruptions, deaths

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/31/19, 11:38 am

The polar vortex that continues to cover much of the Midwest Thursday in a deep freeze is blamed for at least eight deaths so far. The deaths included an elderly Illinois man found several hours after falling while entering his home, a University of Iowa student found behind an academic hall before dawn, and a Milwaukee man who froze to death in a garage, according to authorities. Automobile or snowplow accidents killed at least three others.

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Deep freeze grips U.S.

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/30/19, 10:42 am

Frigid weather descended on much of the United States on Wednesday, thanks to a split in the polar vortex. Officials from Montana to Maine and as far south as Georgia urged residents to take precautions amid the freezing cold. The Midwest bore the brunt of the freeze, with the temperature hitting minus 20 degrees in Chicago by Wednesday morning, breaking the previous record low for the day set in 1966. The U.S. Postal Service suspended mail delivery on Wednesday in parts or all of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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