Snow and ice will hammer East Coast states after the same deadly storm system proved ‘much more devastating’ than expected in the south



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A massive storm system that pulverized houses, Three people were killed in Louisiana And the blizzard conditions brought to northern states could cause a new wave of brutal weather starting Thursday.

Forecasters said significant snow and heavy snow could drench parts of the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for the central Appalachians of West Virginia, eastern West Virginia, the Maryland Panhandle and parts of central and western Pennsylvania – where a quarter-inch to half-inch of snow could accumulate by Thursday evening.

Already, freezing rain and snow have blanketed the Carolinas and parts of the Mid-Atlantic. A quarter of an inch of snow was reported Thursday morning in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and Maryland, and parts of Virginia saw as much as a tenth of an inch.

Over the next two days, 6 to 12 inches of snow could accumulate from central Pennsylvania northward over New York. Higher elevations may be covered with up to 2 feet of snow.

Heavy snow will spread into inland New England on Friday, where up to a foot is expected.

The mammoth storm system that has plowed through much of the country this week will develop A nor’easter It will spread snow, ice and rain in the northeast.

Major cities including New York and Boston could see 1 to 2 inches of rain over the weekend from the nor’easter. Winter weather advisories are in effect for Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia due to the potential for freezing rain.

The tornado that tore through much of Gretna, Louisiana on Wednesday may have damaged 5,000 structures, the mayor said.

“Unfortunately, now that the sun is up, it’s more devastating than initially expected,” Mayor Belinda Constant said Thursday.

“Many houses should be condemned or demolished based on such damage,” he said. “It’s about a mile and a half long, and it’s completely engulfed in destruction.”

Despite the devastation in Gretna, only three injuries were reported, the mayor said. “This is not where we normally get hurricanes. So a safe house is not the same as in other parts of the country. But people survived in bathtubs,” he said.

“We’re a resilient people, the kind that don’t choose locations.”

A tornado downed power lines in Gretna, Louisiana on Wednesday.

From hurricanes in the South to blizzard conditions in the upper Midwest, more than 130,000 homes, businesses and other electric customers in the U.S. were without power Thursday morning. PowerOutage.us.

Most of those outages — about 115,000 — were in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. Strong winds from blizzard conditions knocked down power lines in the upper Midwest, and temperatures fell near or below freezing in some areas without power.

In the South, which has been hit by several tornadoes, about 10,000 electricity customers were in the dark Thursday morning. About 9,000 outages were reported in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.

The same storm system that just hit the eastern states left a trail of devastation in the Gulf Coast states.

At least 50 tornado reports have been made since Tuesday in Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma.

At least three deaths in Louisiana have been linked to the storm.

Yoshiko A. Smith, 30, and her 8-year-old son, Nicholas Little, were killed Tuesday when a tornado struck Caddo Parish and destroyed their home, local officials said.

Authorities said their bodies were found not far from where their home once stood. The district collector said that an autopsy has been ordered for both.

In St. Charles Parish, a 56-year-old woman died after the tornado hit her home. Louisiana Department of Health said Wednesday.

In Texas, a tornado hit Wise County Tuesday near Paradise and Decatur, authorities said. Video shows homes torn apart and roofs torn off in Decatur.

A tornado damaged homes and sheds in Wayne, Oklahoma on Tuesday, officials said. No injuries were reported, but homes were flattened or roofs torn off, according to footage CNN affiliate KOCO.

A tornado caused widespread damage in Union Parish, Louisiana.

In the Louisiana town of Farmerville, at least 20 people were injured when a tornado tore through Union Parish on Tuesday night — demolishing parts of an apartment complex and mobile home park, Farmerville Police Detective Kate Nolan said.

Patsy Andrews was at home with her children in Farmerville when she heard a “wind like a train” outside, she said. CNN affiliate KNOE-TV.

When he went to investigate, the son told him not to open the door. But it was too late.

“All of a sudden the wind was so strong it blew my back door off,” Andrews said. “The lights went out and we could hear glass breaking everywhere.”

Andrews said she and her daughter hit the ground and crawled down a sidewalk as glass shattered around them and water seeped through the roof. They were hiding in the bathroom.

“We got into the tank and we hugged each other. We kept praying and I kept calling out to Jesus,” said Andrews, whose family survived the storm but left a damaged home.

A tornado has hit New Iberia and damaged several homes, according to the New Iberia Police Department.

A tornado crosses a highway in New Iberia, Louisiana, Wednesday.

Iberia Medical Center sustained “significant damage,” police Capt. Leland Laseter said on Facebook. CNN has reached out to the medical center for comment.

In Jefferson Parish, Councilman Scott Walker said he saw a trail of debris at least a mile long.

“Power lines were down, houses were severely damaged, roofs were torn off,” he said in a video shared online describing the scene. “It’s an extensive scene of damage and a long trail of destruction on the West Bank.”

In Araby, Louisiana, Cindy DeLuca Hernandez thought she could beat the storm as she walked home with her 16-year-old son after school. Then she faced a hurricane.

A confirmed tornado hit Arabi, Louisiana on Wednesday.

Hernandez shared video with CNN showing a tornado blowing through Arabi, kicking up debris and downing power lines.

“We started seeing debris and we hit it twice,” he said. “That’s when I put the car in reverse.”

Hernandez and her son returned home safely.

But “it was very scary,” Hernandez said. “I’ve never encountered anything like it.”

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