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Fierce Hurricane Irma Heading Towards Georgia

Governor Nathan Deal has declared an emergency state for all 159 counties in Georgia. All the school districts in the metropolitan area of Atlanta has made plans on canceling classes for Monday and Tuesday. The local computer bus networks including MARTA and Xpress have also stopped their public bus transportation services temporarily. The governor said that the storm will affect almost everyone in Georgia. He has encouraged the residents to evacuate to a safe place and not to be near to the roads. Many residents have gone to stay at the local shelters. Sandbags are also doled out to those who choose to remain in their homes.

Most shops will be closed and the Atlanta government offices will also be closed. Many people have evacuated Atlanta and many roads are blocked so that it looks like a ghost town now. Many forecasters estimated Irma to become the most powerful hurricane in history that will ever hit Georgia. This is because Irma has remained on the category 5 scale longer than any other storms that have hit the USA before. The eyes of the hurricane storm span several hundreds of miles so it is definitely going to be more powerful than other catastrophic hurricanes. However, on Sunday, Irma has weakened following making a landfall in the Florida Keys and Marco Island.

Despite that, forecasters said that residents will have to face a strong wind from the hurricane that travels at a speed of 63 mph for several hours. At this kind of wind speed, heavy objects like furniture can be lifted up into the air and become projectiles. This is why people should not come out during the storm. The strong wind has caused a portion of the facade of a 32 story office building to fall off. This results in a number of streets nearby are closed down by the police.

The storm surge on Georgia coast can reach up to 6 feet. The forecaster said that there will be some rain overnight on Sunday and this will be followed by 6 hours of wind gust in the afternoon on Monday. The peak of the storm will occur from the noon to evening on Monday. On Tuesday, it is expected that a wind traveling at 50 mph will go through Georgia for 24 hours.

According to the forecast, the storm will bring 5 inches of rain or more in Georgia. It could also bring up to 12 inches of rain in certain places. They have set up a flash food watch in place. They are also expecting power outages to happen on Sunday. Many people in Georgia have went to Columbus to take shelter from Hurricane Irma. In Columbus, there is the Columbus Civic Center providing a temporary place to stay for those who have evacuated the coast of Georgia.

Hurricane Harvey Intensifies to a Category 4 Storm and Could be the Worst Storm Since Decades

Hurricane Harvey finally arrived on the Texas coast on the 24th and has lead to one of the worst flooding disasters in History, with communities from League City to College Station all suffering major flood damages. The storm will certainly go down as one of the worst natural disasters the state has ever experienced.

The storm is now a Category 4 storm with wind moving at a high speed of 130 mph. It has caused damages to many key buildings in the city including police department and a Rockport based high school. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reported that a few people have been trapped in more than one facilities.

The storm slows down at 12:55 a.m. and change to a Category 3 storm with wind that moves at a speed of 6 mph. There is the possibility that the storm will turn into a tornado. Later, it heads to the northeastern part of the Copano Bay and bring heavy rain there.

The storm has downgraded to Category 2 at 3:15 a.m.

The following is a detailed outline of what happens at the different time of Hurricane Harvey.

Damages on the Buildings in Rockport Area at 11:20 PM

At 11:20 pm, news channel started to report about damages on the buildings in Rockport carried out by the hurricane. Some people are trapped and couldn’t get out because the buildings collapse during the hurricane.

The public information officer for the volunteer fire department told the Caller Times that one section of the roof of a high school has been seriously damaged. The volunteer fire department has not yet carried out any evaluation of the damage until after everyone has been rescued. By the time the rescue work is done, the wind speed would have reduced to under 45 mph.

On President Donald Trump tweeter page, a tweet shows that the president has signed on the disaster proclamation that the government is ready to give their full support on Friday night. In a statement he made on the afternoon of Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said he has sent a request to President Donald Trump for a presidential disaster declaration because he wants to make sure that everyone has take heed of the warnings the officials have issued and take action fast. He don’t want anyone to be left out of making preparation for the storm and not be ready when it arrives.

Hurricane Harvey Finally Arrives and Brings Heavy Rain on Texas Coast at 10 PM

The National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Harvey has started to bring rain to the area located about 4 miles away from Rockport.

According to forecasters, the hurricane will slow down as it moves further to the southeast of Texas. They predict that the hurricane will dump about 40 inches of rain in the center and upper part of the coast on Texas until Wednesday.

It is forecast that Hurricane Harvey could be the most powerful hurricane to take place in Texas after Hurricane Carla in 1961. Hurricane Carla has caused 34 deaths and cause 465 people to suffer from injuries when it brings heavy rain on the land nearby to Port Lavaca.

The wind is traveling at a high speed of 130 mph and this means that it is a dangerous hurricane wind that has the potential to form into tornadoes. If tornadoes are formed, it could be that it will take place in the center or beyond the coast on Texas.

Voluntary Evacuations Issued to Residents Along San Bernard River

The officials of Brazoria County is urging the residents that live by the San Bernard River to evacuate and they will soon be issuing a mandatory evacuation order.

Matt Sebesta, the judge at Brazoria County said he encourages the residents to pack their things and leave the city the first thing in the morning. He said that the people must be ready to evacuate the place as the hurricane could hit at any moment.

The forecast made earlier point out that those who live near to Highway 288 will not endure much impact from the hurricane. Those who have been affected by the flood last year should also face the same flood problem this year round.

Harvey could cause the Brazos River to swell and the water could reach up to 53 feet just like in May 2016. The San Bernard River could swell pass the safety level up to 45.2 feet, which is higher than the measured level recorded in 1960 on Monday noon.

Evacuation order has been issued to four thousand residents who live along the Surfside Beach as the sea water could rise to as high as 8 feet. The officials have already prepared a shelter in Angleton where those who evacuated could go for hiding during the hurricane. Angleton is situated about 20 miles from Surfside Beach.

Voluntary evacuations have been issued in several areas in four municipalities in Harris County. Some of the places where the voluntary evacuations have been issued are San Leon, Shoreacres, Old Bayou Vista, and Kemah.

The officials issued a mandatory evacuation to the 12,000 residents living in the low lands in Freeport. They are also working on evacuating the people that live in the 7 counties in Corpus Christi as well as those living on the west part of the Galveston Island.

The officials in Houston told the residents that there is no need for them to evacuate or make any preparation.

According to Ed Emmet, the judge for Harris County, Harvey will not hit Houston as badly as Texas although it may bring a heavy rain just like what happened during the Memorial Day in 2015, and 2016 as well as the Tax Day 2016.

The judge said the people don’t have to be panic and evacuate the city for no reason.

Flash Flood Watches are Issued in the Majority of the Gulf Counties

Flash flood watches have been issued for 16 counties by the National Weather Service.

It is forecast that Harvey will stall 15 – 35 inches of rain and in some parts of Texas, it may stall up to 40 inches of rain. This much rainfall could possibly cause life threatening flood and damages to the buildings around Texas.

The officials of Harris County point out that the wind is not the main thing to be feared but rather it is the water from the heavy rain that can cause devastating flood damages in the area.

Emmetts stated in the announcement at the emergency operations headquarters that the hurricane is expected to slow down and become less harmful as it move towards the south.

Harris County will experience heavy rain on Friday night and the rain could continue for a number of days.

The officials of Harris County warned that the bayou and creek could become swollen along with the rivers southeast of Texas and the seaside.

Harvey is slowly progressing to Houston and afterwards, it will return back t the Gulf of Mexico before returning back to Texas and showering the flooded area with another heavy rain.

He said that he did not want to have to keep on reminding the people what they have to do to avoid the hurricane.

The representative for the flood control district, Sandra Ortiz, said that Harvey could bring a great deal of damages on the city, something that has not happen since decades ago.

Bridges and Highways are Shut Down as Hurricane Approach

Highway 332 on Surfside Bridge has been shut down in Brazoria County. Those who are heading inland will be able to pass through.

On Friday, at 3:45 p.m., the flood water has prevent roads in Galveston from being accessible. Some of the highways that have been flooded and are currently inaccessible are Spur-342 northbound; State Highway 275; and State Highway 275.

The Texas Department of Transportation reports that the Galveston Ferry has temporarily postpone its operations starting from the evening of Friday.

Schools in more than 20 districts have already canceled their classes from Friday to Monday. The canceling of the classes in schools in some districts like Houston ISD mean that the school year will be postponed.

There are 21 districts that have canceled classes.

Schools situated in the three counties including Fort Bend, La Porte and Magnolia ISD will also be shut down temporarily on Monday.

The schools that make the announcement of closing only on Friday will be updating parents o on Sunday or the morning of Monday on whether they decide to reopen the school on Monday.

The schools and air airports throughout Houston are all closed until further notice.

Heavy Flooding Causes Massive Devastation in Houston

At least seven people were killed in widespread flooding after heavy rains fell in Houston in recent days. Six of those seven people were found in their vehicles in flooded areas of Harris County. The death toll is expected to rise as officials struggle to keep up with the hundreds of water rescues and evacuations going on across the Houston area. The city of Houston has become crippled by the widespread flooding that has forced many residents out of their homes and caused massive flood damage to many local businesses.

Over 1000 water rescues were carried out in Harris County this week as officials used boats and high water vehicles to whisk stranded residents away from the swollen creeks and bayous. Houston-area residents and motorists are being urged to remain vigilant over the next few days as more flooding can take place as less-intense rainstorms could cause more problems.

The cause of the widespread flooding in southeastern Texas was a large, complex system of thunderstorms with intense rainfall that formed over the north-central part of the state Sunday night. That system of storms slowly made its way eastward Monday, producing two to four times the average April rainfall for the area in less than 24 hours in many locations.

Over 10 inches of rain came down in about 12 hours in Houston which led to massive flooding as drainage systems simply could not cope. In one northern Houston neighborhood, residents took it upon themselves to carry out water rescues that affected the area on Monday. Water levels quickly rose as high as car tops there, turning parking lots into lakes. Even though residents were urged to wait for rescue officials, many in the area felt the situation was dire enough for them to rescue stranded residents.

Residents of southeastern Texas are being urged to stay alert and to prepare for possible evacuations as more rainfall is in the forecast for Wednesday. While the coming rain is not expected to be as intense as what came down earlier this week, enough rain can fall to cause areas creeks to crest. Things are expected to dry out come Friday as the storm system responsible for this massive flooding will have moved out of the area. For the thousands of people who were affected by the flooding, there is much work to be done to dry out and recover from the damages the flooding has left behind.

Strong Winds & Heavy Rainfall Move Through Central U.S This Week

A large outbreak of severe weather completely devastated a widespread portion of the United States on Monday night, which extends from the Gulf coast all the way to the Tennessee Valley. This severe weather also extended into Tuesday morning as well. These storms turned deadly quite quickly, producing an EF2 tornado that created widespread power outages, as well as causing extensive and some irreparable damage to homes and businesses alike.

Severe weather in October isn’t unheard of, but they usually aren’t this large with multiple confirmed tornadoes and an abundance of wind damage. One person has been reported dead and four others were injured in Arkansas after the storms made their way through the state. Also, a woman in Alabama passed away after a tree crashed down into her mobile home in the midst of the destructive storms.

This severe weather outbreak was only the beginning of this system, and heavy rain will blast through the Ohio Valley, while severe thunderstorms continue to devastate the Southeast.

So what is responsible for this powerful system? It was created due to a cold front and a small area of upper-level energy, and it is created a line of very powerful thunderstorms that extends from Columbia (South Carolina) to Jacksonville (Florida) on Tuesday.

There is a squall line that is expected to move through eastern parts of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, and it will most likely bring with it gusty winds and will keep the strong winds in place. Any residents living in the areas that are in the path of the storm should be prepared for downed trees as well as power outages as these storms rage through their area.

Along with the strong and damaging winds, heavy downpours will also accompany the storms which could more than likely lead to flash flooding in some communities. Anybody who is operating a vehicle should be very cautious if they are caught in a storm, and should never try to cross a flooded pathway. Alternative routes may also need to be sought out in case of road closures.

Tornadoes cannot be ruled out yet, because the squall line is more than capable of producing a strong tornado. Very heavy rain will also stretch all the way to eastern Great Lakes region, and it may be accompanied by gusty winds, although the severe threat won’t be too high. Flooding may still arise from the heavy rainfall unfortunately. If the storm strains are blocked by fallen leaves that haven’t been removed, they can overwhelm the drains and it can lead to flooding of residential areas.

As for the Southeast, it will be dry, cooler, and less humid on Wednesday. Windswept rain will affect areas that are farther east though, and this includes New York, the eastern Carolinas, and Pennsylvania as well.
As the system moves through the central United States, the temperatures will definitely drop, but a cold plunge isn’t expected. Warmer and more pleasant temperatures will then move into the East later in the week after this system has moved out.

Heavy Rainfall Headed to the Southwest

There is a powerful early-season storm that is tracking across the Southwest, and this will help trigger many showers and thunderstorms along with the threat of flash flooding as we head into this weekend. As for the time frame with this system, the most likely chance for heavy rain and flash flooding will occur from later on Friday night into Saturday and Saturday night.

Some of these storms are capable of producing downpours that can drop very heavy amounts of rain in a short period of time. In addition to the rain and flash flood threat, strong winds of over 40 mph can be expected in the area, especially in areas of higher elevations. Essentially, the mountainous regions will have the highest threat for gusty winds.

The rainfall amounts will surely vary because this system is very scattered. There will be heavier pockets of rain with this particular system, and the potential will exist for more than 2 inches of rain in a short time span. Now, this amount of rain is definitely more than what typically falls during the entire month of September in many parts of the desert regions of Arizona and Utah.

Now, the threat for flash flooding will include Phoenix and Salt Lake City, especially on Saturday. If you are a motorist and plan on traveling on Interstates 10, 15, 17 or 40 throughout Arizona and Utah, you should definitely be prepared to deal with blinding downpours and flooding disasters.

This will most likely occur mid-day Saturday. It is always important to remember that many vehicles can be carried away by water, and it only takes a little over a foot of water to do this. Now despite the threat for extensive flash flooding, the rain will definitely be beneficial to parts of the Southwest that have been dealing with extreme and ongoing drought for a while.

Even though this system probably won’t bring much help, if any, rainfall to the hardest-hit drought areas in California, some places in the farther east will receive very welcomed rainfall. Parts of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona are still facing a long-term severe drought and will benefit from the rain very much.

The trough that is helping to spawn this storm has already helped greatly, bringing much needed rainfall to portions of northern California that has been drought stricken since early last year. The rain also helped against battling the large King wildfires in that area, that firefighters have been trying profusely to put out.

Boston Area Residents Clean Up Following Tornadoes

Residents of Revere, Massachusetts have been busy cleaning up after a destructive EF2 tornado touched down there Monday morning. The tornado which had top wind speeds of 120 miles per hour traveled on the ground for about two miles, cutting a swatch 3/8 of a mile wide. Revere, a coastal city of 52,000 residents is located about 5 miles north of downtown Boston.

Tornadoes are rare in the state of Massachusetts. The twister that touched down Monday was spawned by a powerful storm that moved through the Boston area shortly after 9 a.m. Approximately 65 homes and businesses sustained substantial damage from the tornado, with over a dozen of those being left uninhabitable. Nearly 3,000 residences were left without power as the twister downed trees and power lines.

A massive cleanup effort has been ongoing since Monday in Revere as numerous homes and businesses suffered severe damage. Some businesses in the downtown area had their roofs completely ripped off and were left with large gaping holes in walls made by flying debris. Garbage cans and other items were strewn along downtown streets, many of which were flooded following the heavy rains that fell.

Three cameras at the high school were blown off the building, but not before capturing the fury of the tornado. Some witnesses reported seeing vehicles being picked up and overturned when the tornado struck. Others reported feeling their homes and businesses shaking while the storm moved through. Most people thought it was just high winds that were causing the damage and not a powerful twister that was soon after confirmed as being a EF2 by the National Weather Service.

One local business in Revere, an auto parts store was completely destroyed by the tornado in just a matter of minutes. Many residents reported that as they were closing windows and taking shelter from the twister that they saw bricks and other debris flying by. Broadway Street sustained some of the worst damage as many homes and businesses there suffered devastating damage. There were many large trees knocked down in the city which crushed structures and vehicles.

Dan Rizzo, Revere’s mayor, said Tuesday that the cleanup effort in his city was “nothing short of amazing”. Everyone in the city has been pitching in to help clean up the mess left behind. Within one hour following the tornado touchdown, residents were out and about picking up branches and sweeping up debris while work crews began the hard work of clearing roadways and repairing downed powerlines. While it is still too soon to put a dollar figure on the damage, insurance agents were going door to door Tuesday helping residents tally up their losses.

Why You Should Purchase Flood Insurance For Your Property

Many homeowners don’t realize the importance of having a flood insurance policy for their property. But, if you have a mortgage on your property, or if you live in a high risk flood area, your lender probably will require you to have or purchase flood insurance. However, if you live in a moderate to low risk zone, and your community belongs to the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program), then you have the option of whether you would like to purchase a policy or not.

If you’re in the first category, then you probably are wondering how much flood insurance costs. Federal Flood Insurance can cost just a few hundred dollars, or can even cost as much as $10,000 a year depending on the risk involved.

Here are some other key points that can help you decide on whether or not to purchase a policy for your property:

First, your standard homeowners insurance won’t cover flood damage. Once water touches the ground and enters your property, it is considered a flood in their eyes, and only flood insurance will be able to cover the damages. A good example would be this: if hail damages your roof during a storm and rainwater damages your ceiling and floor, which would be covered by your standard policy. But, if heavy rainfall causes the stream in your neighborhood to overflow into your home, that would only be covered by flood insurance.

Here is the National Flood Insurance Programs definition of a flood: A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres of normally dry land area of two or more properties (at least one of which is yours) from overflow of inland or tidal waters, from unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source, or from mudflow.

The truth is, everyone lives in a flood zone to some degree, it is just a matter of how much risk of flood is present. The NFIP can educate you on your property’s exact risk of flooding, but all in all, zones A and V are high risk areas. Zones B, C, and X are considered moderate to low risk areas, and zone D means that the risk isn’t exactly known because it hasn’t been mapped out yet. Just because you live in zone D does not mean you can’t purchase insurance though, because these zones are used to determine policy rates.

Most homeowners don’t know this, but more than 20% of flood insurance claims come from moderate to low risk zones. That’s 1 out of 5, and it is still not counting homeowners who weren’t insurance and couldn’t file claims. No one knows how many uninsured there are, although only a small 18% of homeowners have flood insurance.

When a flood strikes your property, you can’t rely on government aid. This comes in the form of loans which you will eventually have to repay. Before you can even qualify for a loan your area has to be declared a federal disaster zone, and federal disaster assistance is declared in less than half of all flooding events!
Did you know that the average flood claim is about $30,000? But, if you live in an area where the water rises so high that the first responders must cut holes in the roof for rescue, your potential flood loss may be quite higher.

If you decide that you want to purchase flood insurance, you can get an idea of how much coverage you’ll need by creating a home inventory. This will then estimate the cost of repairing or rebuilding your home after a flood. Together, those two figures will mesh to create your total potential loss. There are two choices in this situation. A federal flood policy would cover the rebuilding costs of up to $250,000, but you can also get a NFIP to cover $100,000 in your possessions.

If your home is larger and has more possessions, you would have to buy a private flood insurance policy called excess coverage to insure the value of your home above $250,000. That is where your insurance agent can come in, and provide you with more options.

When you first talk to your agent, be sure to ask them these questions and receive answers before making a decision:

-What will and what will not be covered?
-Are there any additional expenses or agency fees?
-Will my policy insure me for actual cost of items, or just what the items are valued?
-Can my zone change, meaning change in rate?

If you are in need of a quality contractor in the water damage restoration industry, make sure that they are respected and reputable.

Thunderstorms Slam Midwest – Threaten Tornadoes, Damaging Hail

Residents of the Midwest are being warned that thunderstorms moving into the region could be severe. These storms could bring with them large damaging hail stones, wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour and tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS is warning people in the Midwest to prepare to take cover in case tornado warnings are issued. There were tornado watches and warnings already issued Tuesday night in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

Rainfall from these storms could total anywhere from 1 to 4 inches in many parts of the Midwest which poses a real threat for flash flooding. Heavy rainfall and baseball-sized hail pummeled parts of Nebraska and Iowa Tuesday night. The NWS said that there were numerous reports of extensive hail damage and flooding coming in from Iowa and Nebraska where wind speeds of 85 miles per hour were recorded.

Tornado spotters reported twisters in central and southwest Iowa Tuesday evening and at least one report of a tornado came in from southwestern Kansas. These reports will not be confirmed until damages are assessed early Wednesday morning.

Dozens of people had to be evacuated from low-lying homes in the city of Omaha, NE. One of Omaha’s airports was closed down Tuesday evening for several hours due to severe weather and flooding. The homes that were evacuated in Omaha were filling up with water in the basements which prompted rescuers to pull some people out including one wheelchair-bound elderly woman. Rescue personnel had to use boats to help dozens of drivers stranded in floodwater around the city of Omaha. Many of those vehicles remain in place, stranded on flooded area roadways.

Iowa’s governor, Terry Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Pottawattamie County in the western portion of his state, allowing officials to use state resources to help them respond to the damages done by the storms. In two cities in Nebraska, large hail stones broke out windows in homes and vehicles as the severe weather moved through. Over two dozen vehicles in the western Iowa community of Council Bluff had their windshields shattered by hail. Some of those vehicles were being driven at the time, forcing their drivers to pull over.

The National Weather Service cautioned Tuesday night that a potential derecho will develop in the Midwest. A derecho is a self-sustaining complex of thunderstorms that can produce extensive, straight-line wind damage powerful enough to knock down trees and powerlines. In 2012, an intensive derecho ripped through the Ohio Valley and strongly impacted the Washington DC area, leaving over one million residents without electricity.

Severe Thunderstorms Predicted For the Rest of the Week

Clusters of severe thunderstorms are not uncommon in late May, and we will be seeing a lot of severe thunderstorm activity through many states over the next couple of days. On Memorial day, flooding was prominent in Texas, and North Dakota had experienced a destructive and deadly tornado touchdown. Luckily for residents of the U.S, a tornado outbreak is not in the forecast for the next several days. Unfortunately, there will be daily rounds of thunderstorms in several areas throughout the U.S, and some of them will be quite destructive, including hail, high winds, and possible flash flooding in certain areas.

On Tuesday, the greatest possibility of severe thunderstorms will be in parts of southeast and central Texas. Residents of this state can expect high winds, hail, and possibly a few tornadoes if the conditions are right. In other regions, isolated thunderstorms with hail, and strong straight line winds are possibly in certain areas of the East, Upper Midwest, Lower Mississippi Valley and the Northern Plains states. Flash flooding is also a possible threat but it is particularly set on parts of east Texas and western Louisiana.

Wednesday will bring the risk of severe thunderstorms into the northern High plains, including eastern Montana and North Dakota. Isolated severe thunderstorms are predicted in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The main threat for these states is flash flooding. Also, there may be some other thunderstorms that aren’t severe located in the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and the Southeast states.

The amount of severe weather that is predicted over the next several days may not be large but lightning is always dangerous and should be taken as such. This should be taken into account if you have any outdoor plans in the areas that are expected to see severe weather over the rest of the week. You should always stay updated on the weather in your area, especially during storm season. Check your local weather authority or the Weather Channel for immediate updates on the weather in your area.

More Snow and Dangerous Cold on Tap for Midwest

A persistent weather pattern is pushing extremely cold air south out of the Arctic to cause temperatures to plunge in the Midwest early this week, making this winter one of the coldest on record in some locations. Starting Monday and lasting for a couple of days, the actual outdoor temps will range from low double digits to below zero with wind chills making it feel -30 to -40. The National Weather Service reported Sunday night that the Midwest will feel very cold on Monday and even colder that the most northern city in the country which is Barrow, Alaska where the temperature will be -4.

Over the weekend, people living in the greater Chicago area were preparing for a very cold Monday as the high will only be -4 or so. It could go as low as -17 in the city with wind chills making it feel like it’s -40. The bitter cold will hang over the Chicago area well into Tuesday. Due to the extreme cold, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago Public Schools both have canceled classes for Monday.

The arctic cold temperatures in the Midwest are causing all types of problems ranging from ice jams on rivers to falling icicles. A woman was injured in Pennsylvania Sunday when she was hit in the head by a piece of ice that fell from the roof of a building. The blowing and drifting snow has caused numerous roadways to close down across the Midwest which has prompted the closure of schools in many areas including the state of Michigan. The drifting snow is so deep in the Mid-Michigan area that it caused a massive snow plow to become stuck on a rural roadway this weekend.

Many people are experiencing problems getting their vehicles to start due to the extreme cold. AAA of Michigan reminded people this weekend to check the condition of their batteries and to keep jumper cables in their vehicles in case they don’t start in this extreme weather. The insurance carrier is also reminding people to carry first aide kits, extra clothing, flashlights and sand or kitty litter.

Many homeowners in the Midwest have experienced problems with frozen pipes inside their homes this winter. People living in homes older than 10 years are having the most problems with frozen water pipes which burst when thawing out. This is because newer homes which were built in the past ten years have been constructed with water pipes made from high density polyethylene which is resistant to freezing.