Entries in Southeast (5)


Northern Lights Seen Across Southeast US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(WASHINGTON) -- Red and pink streaks filled the sky across parts of the country after Earth’s magnetic field was hit by a coronal mass ejection, enabling the Northern Lights to be seen across the southeastern part of the United States.

The ejection hit on Monday at approximately 2 p.m. ET and was seen across Arkansas, Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi and North Carolina.

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, occurs when energy particles from the sun interact with the earth’s magnetic field.  Though the particles were emitted from the sun on Saturday, they only hit earth’s atmosphere Monday night.

The National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center said the coronal mass ejection arrived approximately eight hours earlier than model guidance suggested.

Geir Øye, a veteran observer of the Northern Lights from Norway, told that this particular aurora was very powerful.

“These are the strongest and most beautiful auroras I’ve ever seen,” Øye said.  “I can only imagine what the display must have been further north.”

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Four Amish Children Swept Away in Storm

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MAYFIELD, Ky.) -- Four Amish children were swept away in a deluge Thursday night in Kentucky.

Officials discovered the bodies of the four children who were riding in a buggy during a severe storm that caused flash floods in parts of the Southeast. The children fell into the water following an accident around 8:30 p.m.

The identities of the children have yet to be released.

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Severe Weather Disrupts Southeast

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Severe weather ripped through the Southeast late Thursday, with 10 tornado sightings in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and Alabama.

The hardest hit areas where from Memphis to Nashville, where 80 mph winds were measured, two people were injured and several homes were destroyed. Between three and five inches of rain have been reported in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The National Weather Service reports that some local roads are completely flooded in these states.

Difficult conditions are expected in other parts of the country Friday.

Flood watches are in effect from the Ohio Valley into the major cities in the Northeast Friday, including Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. Two inches of rain could accumulate in the urban areas due to frozen ground and snowmelt.

In addition, a high wind warning is in effect from Washington DC to Boston. Winds are expected to gust near 60 mph in major cities late Friday morning and early afternoon . The gusts are expected to subside after midnight.

Heavy snow is also accumulating from central Illinois to Detroit and Cleveland, and will move into the Northeast Friday morning.

After seeing snow on the Pacific Ocean beaches of Washington and Oregon, an unusually cold air mass is expected to descend on central and southern California. Scantily clad starlets may be shivering on Oscar Sunday in Los Angeles, where temperatures could be in the 30s.

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Southern Cities Hit by Winter Storm Struggle to Thaw Out

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ATLANTA) -- Disruptions from Sunday's winter storm that snarled traffic, grounded flights and left travelers stranded is still wreaking havoc on residents in the southeast.

In Atlanta, schools are closed Friday for the fifth straight day, roads remain icy and dangerous, and some passengers are still stranded at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

On the roads since Thursday morning, police have responded to more than 50 new accidents, including one fatality.  Atlanta drivers faced chaotic conditions after four-to-seven inches of snow and sleet turned many of the interstates into sheets of ice during the storm.  Highways and back roads are still coated with inches of ice, and many are wondering why Atlanta wasn't better prepared for the storm.

The state of Georgia is spending about $2 million a day on storm clean up.  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the city has added more than 115 pieces of equipment to its snow removal efforts.

Northeast of Atlanta, in Raleigh, North Carolina, below-freezing temperatures and wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour are creating dangerous driving conditions.

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Winter Snowstorm Slams Into Northeast

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The winter storm that snarled travel across the Southeast arrived in the Northeast late Tuesday after combining with snow from the Midwest.

It is the third storm to slam into the region in less than three weeks.

As of Wednesday morning, every state in the continental U.S. had snowfall or snow on the ground, with the exception of Florida.

New York City declared a weather emergency Tuesday to avoid the criticism the city received for its slow response to clear the roads after the blizzard last month.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged emergency crews would be ready this time.  A much more aggressive approach included 1,700 plows and 365 salt trucks that were out in full force Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

In Long Island, the area could get up to 20 inches with whiteout conditions and 35 mile an hour winds.

Over in Boston, officials declared a severe snow emergency and will be under a blizzard warning from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Public school classes have also been canceled as a precaution.

Rhode Island government officials are urging all state employees to stay home.

In Philadelphia, snow totals reached five inches and in central New Jersey, about eight inches have fallen by early Wednesday morning. 

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