First snow, then ‘brutal’ cold for millions in storm’s path

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More than 90 million people across the Midwest and Northeast were bracing for a major snowstorm and and blizzard-like conditions, followed by dangerous cold that could sap the melting power of salt and threaten lives.

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Illinois tornado survivor: ‘I found pieces of my house 100 yards northeast of me’

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Scott Gundy, whose Washington, Ill., home was shredded by a tornado Sunday, said he “got the most important thing out” — pictures and videos of his kids.

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'Get ready now': 53 million people at risk as deadly storm wallops Midwest

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A powerful storm system has brought tornadoes and damaging winds to large swaths of the Midwest. At least one person was confirmed killed in a storm-related incident, Illinois officials say.

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Brewing storm could spawn deadly derecho

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A storm system over the Midwest threatened millions Wednesday with heavy rain, hail and perhaps even a derecho — a rare, explosive wind pattern that killed 13 in a similar storm, seen above, last year.

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Tornado emergency declared for Oklahoma City

Photo: A tornado was spotted near El Reno, Okla., west of Oklahoma City, early Friday evening. (KFOR)

A tornado emergency was declared for Oklahoma City on Friday as a large twister touched down, destroyed a Weather Channel vehicle and headed for Oklahoma’s largest city.

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Deadly flooding swamps Midwestern states

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Heavy river flooding in six Midwestern states that forced evacuations, shut down bridges, swamped homes and caused at least three deaths was at or near crest in some areas Sunday evening.

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Flash floods as heavy rains soak Midwest

A massive storm system carrying potentially severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and possibly even tornadoes was soaking the nation’s midsection on Thursday, with flash floods reported in Chicago and heavy rain expected to cause major flooding along the Mississippi River.

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Swirling storm packing ‘heart attack snow’ pounds Midwest, takes aim at Northeast

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Travel-snarling system mauls Midwest, with forecasters saying it could hit major Eastern Seaboard cities later this week.

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Winter storm rakes the Midwest; New England headed for 3rd straight weekend of snow

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A winter storm moved Friday into the Midwest, where it dumped a band of snow over the Great Lakes states and made for an icy morning commute after sweeping through the Great Plains.

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Winter storm pummels central US; most snow in Wichita in a generation

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Lumbering coast to coast, a winter storm hammered the Great Plains on Thursday, and more than a dozen more states were forecast to be hit in coming days.

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Frigid temperatures continue to blast Northeast, Midwest; ice hits the South

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Capping off a brutal week of frigid conditions and subzero wind chills, residents across much of the country on Friday were still experiencing some of the coldest temperatures in years — with southern states getting a rare icy blast.

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Storm pummels Upper Midwest , Northern Plains with heavy snow, wind; travelers urged to stay off roads

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A potent winter storm pounded the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains on Sunday with heavy snow and strong winds, making traveling treacherous and prompting airlines to cancel scores of flights.

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Summer’s over: Canada blasts down arctic chill

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It will be a cold week for millions as arctic blasts continue to move in from Canada. Expect record lows, stormy weather and perhaps even some snow from the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes. NBC’s Michelle Franzen and The Weather Channel’s Julie Martin report.

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2 dead after winds slam Midwest, Northeast; twister hits NY town

At least two people were killed after severe thunderstorms unleashed heavy rain and strong winds across parts of the Midwest and Northeast on Thursday, grounding hundreds of flights and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.

In Brooklyn, N.Y., a  61-year-old man was killed when scaffolding fell on him after lightning struck a church steeple.

(Photo: A storm cloud begins to dump rain over Brooklyn on Thursday night. Lucas Jackson / Reuters)

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Drought hits 56 percent of continental US; ‘significant toll’ on crops

The prolonged heat across the Midwest has not only set temperature records, it is also expanding and intensifying drought conditions — and relief isn’t on the horizon for most areas, the National Weather Service reported Thursday.

Drought conditions are present in 56 percent of the continental U.S., according to the weekly Drought Monitor.

That’s the most in the 12 years that the data have been compiled, topping the previous record of 55 percent set on Aug. 26, 2003. It’s also up five percentage points from the previous week.

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