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Cessna C140 veered off runway at Gifford Field Airport, FAA says

COLEBROOK, N.H. — A small plane veered off a runway at a Colebrook airport Thursday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA officials said the plane, a Cessna C140, veered runway 22L after landing at Gifford Field Airport in Colebrook at 9:45 a.m.

After the plane went off the runway, it got stuck in snow, and flipped over as the pilot was attempting to get the plane out of the snow, officials said.

The FAA will investigate the incident.

Officials said all information about the incident is preliminary and subject to change.


Several states slammed with large hail, heavy rain that prompted handful of water rescues

Lightning rips through the night sky April 3, 2014, behind a replica Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas, as a severe thunderstorm moved through the southern part of Lamar County, bringing high winds, rain and hail.

Authorities think slick road conditions played role in crash

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Rochester police said a 7-year-old girl was killed in a crash on Route 202 on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m.

According to authorities, a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Lori Weeks, 31, was traveling eastbound when she lost control and her car skidded into oncoming traffic.

The Malibu crashed into a Toyota Matrix, driven by Roberta Siderchuck, 48, in the westbound lane.

Police said Weeks and her daughter, Madison Weeks, 7, were taken to Frisbie Hospital. The daughter was transferred to Maine Medical Center where she died of her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, but authorities said slick road conditions likely played a role in the crash.


Worcester buildings, Framingham barn destroyed by weight of snow 

WORCESTER, Mass. —The weight of snow dumped by a relentless winter has proven too heavy for some buildings. Several roof bucklings and collapses have been reported in area buildings.

Watch Report

A multi-story building on Eastern Avenue in Worcester was on the verge of collapse Wednesday afternoon after part of the roof gave way. Crews decided to tear down the vacant structure.

A garage on the same street was also being closely watched early Thursday.

On Wednesday morning, two cows were killed and four others injured when the roof of a barn in Framingham collapsed.

Officials said property owners should try to clear snow from roofs ahead of Friday’s rain.

“With the addition of rain in the immediate forecast, dry, fluffy snow piled on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing any additional sleet and rain, adding weight and stress to structures if not cleared,” MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz said. “Flat, commercial roofs are most susceptible if they are not draining properly.”


BY MICHAEL O’BRIEN

Bill Nye The Science Guy pleaded for action to address climate change in a debate Sunday with Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who called climate science “unproven.”

“There is no debate in the scientific community. And I encourage the congresswoman to look at the facts,” Nye, the former children’s educational personality said in a debate on “Meet the Press” Sunday. “We need you to change things, not to deny what’s happening.”

He clashed with Blackburn, the vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — the panel in charge of producing and overseeing energy and climate regulations.

“Neither he nor I are climate scientists. He’s an engineer and actor; I’m a member of Congress,” she said. Of the scientific evidence of climate change, she said: “There is not consensus there.”

Blackburn said that even if she were to concede Nye’s assertions about the validity of climate change, lawmakers and regulators should still look to a cost-benefit analysis of new laws and rules before imposing them.

“What we need to be looking at is the way to achieve efficiencies,” she said.

Nye, who debated a noted creationist over the science behind evolution in a heavily-publicized event earlier this month, argued in favor of using every available tool to address the threat of climate change immediately.

“It would be everybody’s interests to just get going,” he said. “The more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”

The debate comes as the gulf between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress on issues of climate change continues to grow. The GOP has continued to pressure Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, for instance, and relax regulations of producing energy from “tracking.”

Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by contrast, is working to create rules that would unilaterally impose limits on carbon pollution. The executive action comes after climate change legislation — a priority of the president’s upon taking office in 2009 — was passed by Democrats in the House that year, but has stalled since the GOP won control of the lower chamber in 2010.

Secretary of State John Kerry also kicked off a series of speeches on climate change this weekend, beginning with remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday blasting deniers of climate science.

“First and foremost we should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific fact nor should we allow any room that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits there are people who say it is too expensive we can’t do this,” said Kerry, who as senator had spearheaded efforts for environmental legislation.

Watch Video: Flurry of Storms: A Result of Climate Change?


Falling Snow

Is…

Water

Crystals

Pure

White

Sometimes fragile

Sometimes dainty

Sometimes icy

Sometimes warm and melting

Always glistening

Sometimes slippery

Sometimes slushy

Sometimes crunchy

Always in the way

Sometimes it’s just a coating and

Sometimes it’s a mountain

Once it turns black because it lingers

It loses its natural beauty

(Snow is: atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.)


Firefighter: “We’re here to serve the people…”

Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. —A photo of a local firefighter’s act of kindness during Thursday’s storm is going viral.

Firefighter Tom Faucher, who was assigned to Manchester Fire Department’s Engine 6 during the storm, saw an elderly woman having difficulty crossing Elm Street on Thursday afternoon. Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

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Faucher said it was a collaborative effort between everyone on the engine. His commanding officer was the first to notice she was having a problem crossing the street, and the engine’s driver positioned the truck so Faucher could safely help her across the street.

“The lady seemed to be having some trouble getting up the road,” he said. “She had stopped at a snow bank right at Elm Street. I just asked her how her day was going and (asked) ‘How much further to you have to walk?’ and she said, ‘I’m doing good. I just got to get back across the street and I’ll get on my way.’”

Faucher, who has been on the fire department for a year and a half, said he’s a little surprised by all the attention.

“It’s just something we don’t expect,” Faucher said. “We come to work every day. We’re here to serve the public. … I just told her to have a nice day and obviously if she needs anything, just give us a call.”

The lieutenant inside the fire engine gave the order to stop traffic.

“Whether we’re on duty or off duty, I assume everybody would do the same thing, help somebody out when they need a hand,” Lt. Steve DesRuisseaux said.

People watching nearby snapped a few pictures, which went viral online.

An off-duty firefighter also noticed from the window of his apartment and snapped some photographs. Firefighters below didn’t realize the moment was being captured on camera.

There was no word on the woman’s name.


Southeast winter storm death toll hits 10
Message in Ga., Carolinas: Stay off the roads

ATLANTA (CNN) —The death toll from a winter storm sweeping through the South has climbed to at least 10 with the latest weather-related death reported in Virginia, authorities said.

A 55-year-old man was killed Wednesday when his car was hit head-on by another vehicle, Corrine Geller of Virginia State Police said.

Meanwhile, the message in Georgia and the Carolinas was get off the roads as a snow and ice storm swept through, bringing some of the Southeast’s most populous cities to a standstill.

The warnings came as freezing rain brought heavy ice accumulations from Atlanta to Charlotte. Across a large swath of the South, hundreds of thousands of people were without power and thousands of flights were canceled.

Calling ice the biggest enemy, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency. School districts canceled classes and government offices were shuttered in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the traffic paralysis caused by a storm last month.

Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice was expected to accumulate in Atlanta and up to 10 inches of snow and sleet were expected in Raleigh and Charlotte, making travel treacherous.

Also in the storm’s path were Virginia and Washington, with much of the Northeast to follow.

All federal offices in the nation’s capital were ordered closed, and thousands of employees were being told to stay home, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

‘Stay home, if you can’

While most of the major thoroughfares in and out of the city of Atlanta were reportedly devoid of traffic, a different scene was playing out to the northeast where the storm appeared to take people by surprise despite days of warnings.

“Stay home, if you can,” North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety said in posts on Twitter. “Quickly deteriorating road conditions, numerous car accidents in Durham/Franklin/Johnston/Wake counties.”

Gridlock gripped portions of the state, including Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, as cars and trucks got stuck on snow- and ice-covered roads.

“We saw so many people … cars piled up and left on the side of the road, and wrecks,” said Christina Martinson, who was stuck in the snow-bound traffic with her husband and son for hours in Durham.

“It’s really, really bad, and it got so bad so quickly that people just weren’t ready. Even though we were warned, it just happened more quickly than you would think possible.”

For some, there just wasn’t enough time.

Michael Crosswhite, 44, planned on leaving work in Raleigh, in Wake County, by midafternoon, well ahead of when forecasters initially predicted a snow and ice storm to hit the area.

But by noon, the snow and icy rain was coming down.

‘Nothing you can do but hope you don’t get stuck’

“We just passed an 18-wheeler that spun out into a ditch,” he said by telephone more than two hours into his journey home to Durham, a trip that typically takes less than 30 minutes.

Moments later, a car ahead of him spun out in front of him.

“It’s kind of slushy, and there are just icy spots that there is nothing you can do but hope you don’t get stuck,” Crosswhite said.

The images out of Raleigh and Charlotte recalled a similar scenario in Atlanta, a city shut down by 2.6 inches of snow two weeks ago when thousands of commuters were stuck on highways. Some drivers spent up to 20 hours in their cars.

“Right now we’ve got people traveling up and down the highways in special four-wheel vehicles to make any rescues that we need to make, and more than anything else we’re just encouraging people to be smart, and don’t put their stupid hat on during the next 48 hours,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is urging people not to abandon their vehicles.

“There are some people abandoning their vehicles. We are urging them not to. It is very dangerous for them to be on foot with cars sliding near them and it blocks access for our sand trucks and plows and causes gridlock,” said Communications Supervisor Steve Abbott.

It appeared people in Atlanta had learned their lesson.

Deal applauded Atlantans who kept the roads clear, saying during a midday news conference, “That’s a good starting point.”

Even so, there were thousands without power across the state after ice caused tree limbs to snap, knocking out power lines.

With temperatures below freezing, the National Guard opened up 35 armories across the state to be used as shelters and warming centers, CNN affiliate WSB-TV reported.

In Durham, the Streets at Southpoint Mall opened up as a shelter.

“We are here for people that need to get off the road,” general manager Todd Anderson said. “We had a few people here earlier, now there is just a handful of people left but we will be available through evening.”

“We are just trying to do the right and get people out of the cold,” he added.

The Red Cross, meanwhile, reported hundreds sought shelter overnight at its facilities stretching from Louisiana to North Carolina.

In North Carolina, Kim Martin Rehberg’s typical 25-minute commute was turning into an hours-long ordeal Wednesday as she tried to make it from her office in Durham to her home in Raleigh.

Three hours later, she still had miles to go. So, too, did the rest of her family who were stuck in traffic across the region.

“My daughter was stranded trying to get from her gymnastics class in Apex. My ex-husband is trying to get her and he got trapped,” she said by telephone, referring to a Raleigh suburb.

“My husband is in Charlotte and says things are bad. All the gas stations are shutting down, and I had trouble trying to gas up.”

‘Our own trucks are stuck’

There are snowplows on the roads but “unfortunately some of our own trucks are stuck in the same traffic jams that a lot of other people are and they’re having a hard time getting to the roads that need to be cleared,” said Dan Howe, Raleigh’s assistant city manager.

The low-pressure weather system bringing the snow and ice to the Southeast is expected to move up the East Coast, dropping snow on the Northeast. Six to 8 inches are predicted for Washington, with especially heavy snowfall Thursday morning, and 6 to 10 inches on New York from midnight Wednesday into Thursday, with a combination of snow, sleet and rain continuing until Friday morning.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo told state agencies to prepare “for an impending nor’easter” and asked residents to avoid unnecessary travel.

Power outages

More than 480,000 customers were without power in the Southeast, roughly 136,000 of whom were Georgia Power Co. customers, the utility said.

South Carolina was the hardest hit, with about 220,000 customers without electricity, while Wilmington, North Carolina, accounted for more than 58,000 outages.

The utilities said Wednesday morning they expect those numbers to rise over the next 24 hours.

Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility, warned that hundreds of thousands could be without electricity for days.

“This has the opportunity to be a huge event when you’re talking about the amount of ice you’re looking at,” Aaron Strickland, Georgia Power’s emergency operations chief, told reporters.

The utility staged fleets of trucks across the area. Teams from Florida, Texas and Ohio bolstered local line crews.

Transportation woes

The storm system also was taking its toll on travel.

Amtrak suspended some rail service in the Northeast, South and Mid-Atlantic regions for Wednesday.

Nationwide, more than 3,300 flights were canceled Wednesday and even more were planned for Thursday, according to FlightAware.com.

Among the canceled flights were more than 1,600 in and out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Internationanl Airport. Charlotte Douglas International and Raleigh-Durham International airports accounted for the majority of other flights canceled.

Deadly toll

At least 10 deaths have been blamed on the weather, including a 55-year-old man who was killed in a head-on collision in Virginia, authorities said. Two people were killed in Georgia, and two died in North Carolina, they said.

In Texas, three people died when an ambulance driver lost control on an icy patch of road outside of Carlsbad, the state Department of Public Safety said. A patient, a paramedic and another passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

In Mississippi, authorities blamed the storm for two traffic deaths.


Lack of snow can make bears uncomfortable
Black Bear 7-10

An estimated 600,000 black bears live in North America. About 300,000 of those are in the United States.

U Local

MONTPELIER, Vt. —The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is warning residents about displaced, agitated bears due to the fickle winter.

A lack of snow exposes dens and winter rain can make bears uncomfortable and restless, both factors that can cause them to awaken and abandon their dens, said Bear Project Leader Forrest Hammond.

The department said it has received reports of bears at bird feeders, in residential areas and in the back country. A bear is reported to have killed a hunter’s beagle in Elmore.

Disrupted bears sometimes produce nests of spruce boughs in dense evergreen thickets so hare and rabbit hunters should be extra wary of these areas, the department said.

All hunters, hikers, skiers and travelers should avoid any areas with bear tracks. Bears may be with newborn cubs, Hammond said.


“It was snowing heavily and there was limited visibility at the time of the incident,” according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office

A nurse walking in the parking lot of a northwest suburban hospital was fatally struck by a snow plow Wednesday,Lauren Jiggetts reports.

A red 2012 Ford F-450 truck with a snowplow attached was backing up in a parking lot around 5:30 a.m. at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington when the driver struck the woman.

“It was snowing heavily and there was limited visibility at the time of the incident,” the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. “The safety equipment to include the amber lights, reverse lights, and back-up alarm on the Ford were functioning following the incident.”

Diane Shogren, 51, who worked for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lake County Coroner’s office. The driver of the Ford is also an employee of the hospital, police said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our associate’s family and our Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital family,” Good Shepherd said in a statement. “We are working closely with our chaplains and social workers to offer spiritual and emotional support at this difficult time. One of our top priorities is to provide a safe environment for patients to heal and associates to work. To that end, we will continue to partner with all parties to investigate what occurred and to take all necessary steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

The incident remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit. Shogren was a married mother of adult children.

The hospital is providing counseling for her family, her coworkers and the plow driver.

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