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Another messy morning in winter-weary Northeast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Commuters face a messy morning of travel a day after a winter storm brought snow and ice to many states, leaving at least 21 dead, including a pregnant woman struck by a mini-plow in New York City whose baby was then born by cesarean section in critical condition.

The next go-round of bad weather began early Friday in some places - just in time to delay tens of thousands of deliveries of Valentine's Day flowers.

The sloppy mix of snow and face-stinging sleet grounded more than 6,500 flights nationwide on Thursday and closed schools, businesses and government centers. About 1.2 million utility customers lost power as the storm moved from the South through the Northeast, dropping to about 550,000 outages, mostly in South Carolina and Georgia.

"Every time it snows, it's like, "Oh, not again,'" said Randal DeIvernois of New Cumberland, Pa., which had about 10 inches of snow by midafternoon Thursday. "I didn't get this much snow when I lived in Colorado."

The treacherous weather was blamed for nearly two dozen deaths, many of them in motor vehicle accidents.

In New York, Min Lin, 36, died after she was struck by a utility vehicle with a snowplow attached to it as it backed up outside a shopping center in Brooklyn. She was rushed by paramedics to a nearby medical center, where her nearly full term, 6-pound, 6-ounce baby was delivered via cesarean section, hospital spokeswoman Eileen Tynion said.

Winter Storm Paralyzes Eastern US

The baby was in critical condition in the neonatal intensive care unit, she said.

No immediate charges were brought against the snowplow operator.

The snow, sleet and ice that bombarded the Southeast on Wednesday brought its ferocity into the Northeast a day later.

Washington, D.C., residents received 9 inches of snow Thursday, Westminster, Md., reported 19 inches, and Newark, Del., had 14 inches.

Philadelphia had nearly 9 inches, its fourth 6-inch snowstorm of the season - the first time that has happened in the city since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. New York City received nearly 10 inches, and parts of New Jersey had more than 11.

At Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, 7.4 inches of snow was recorded and there was 3.2 inches at Logan International Airport in Boston.

Across the South, the storm left in its wake a world of ice-encrusted trees and driveways and snapped branches and power lines.

In Bonneau, S.C., Jimmy Ward and his wife, Cherie, lost power and spent Wednesday night in their home, warming themselves in front of a gas log fire.

But after running low on propane, they headed Thursday night to a hotel, where it was expected to be cozier but a lot less exciting than the night before.

"From 2 o'clock yesterday until this morning, it just sounded like gunfire - all the trees popping and falling," Cherie Ward said.

In North Carolina, where the storm caused huge traffic jams in the Raleigh area on Wednesday as people left work and rushed to get home in the middle of the day, National Guardsmen in high-riding Humvees patrolled the snowy roads, looking for any stranded motorists.

Some roads around Raleigh remained clogged with abandoned vehicles Thursday morning. City crews were working to tow them to safe areas where their owners could recover them.

Around the country, this is shaping up as one of the snowiest winters on record. As of early this month, Washington, Detroit, Boston, Chicago, New York and St. Louis had gotten roughly two or three times as much snow as they normally receive at this point in the season.

The procession of storms and cold blasts - blamed in part on a kink in the jet stream, the high-altitude air currents that dictate weather - has cut into retail sales across the U.S., the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Sales dipped 0.4 percent in January.

This latest round of bad weather threatens to disrupt Friday's deliveries of flowers for Valentine's Day.

"It's a godawful thing," said Mike Flood, owner of Falls Church Florist in Virginia. "We're going to lose money. There's no doubt about it."

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was virtually silent Thursday, with all flights canceled. Travelers tried to catch some sleep in the terminals.

Rob Wolcott, of Washington, and his wife were trying to reach the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, where he was planning to officiate at a friend's wedding on Saturday.

The future bride and groom are "a little stressed," Wolcott said. "But they'll figure something out. They will still get married, whether or not I am the one to do the actual officiating."


Associated Press writers Kevin Begos in Pittsburgh; Michael Rubinkam in Berks County, Pa.; Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia; Sarah Brumfield and Brett Zongker in Washington; Matthew Barakat in Falls Church, Va.; and David Dishneau in Frederick, Md.; contributed to this report.


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madkono February 14 2014 at 12:48 PM

i've never, ever, ever seen this type of weather before, ...unless i go back to at least a year ago!!! did you hear that??? there it goes again... it's gore cashing in!!!

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metrolarry February 14 2014 at 2:43 PM

i am in atanata it was bed

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JohnBoydStrother February 14 2014 at 12:14 PM

Washington DC is in the northern section of the Tropical zone. making it warmer than other areas. Washington DC doesn't get as much snow or as often as say Leesburg VA. Which is 35 miles west.
Weather men here maybe right for the out laying areas, but when it comes to Washington DC they could be off almost all the time. Plus many people in the Washington DC are from other parts of the USA and the World. They tend to drive on nearly bald tires also.

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Richard C. February 14 2014 at 12:12 PM

Yes, the Florist are weeping, that they won't get, in all that money they charge for flowers! Maybe they should think of those without Power, and can't get out of their homes, along with all the deaths caused by the storm (although, most shouldn't have been out in it any way).

I am sure they will makeup for it at Easter! Everything is about money..................

People sure do forget easily. Its 'Winter', and certan places get their share of snow, No Mater what! No wonder our country is so screwed up............Most can't remember what happened yesterday!

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Kevin Caldwell February 14 2014 at 12:03 PM

This is why we moved to AZ, going to be 85 today.

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Chris.. February 14 2014 at 12:03 PM

The people in the North East always need attention, Cold weather, Hot weather, Rain, I never see the states with heavy snow on every front page and on every chanel crying about the snow. There are people in Utha, Colorado and all the Rocky mountains looking at this with a smerk on their face.

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jenrferruso February 15 2014 at 3:26 AM

north east? What about West Virginia ~ How long have we had snow ? many power outages? How many days and months kids home without school? Many Car accidents? Helicopters taking from accidents burned homes? Ohio River? oh well it is not the journalistic drug nuts big cities. Kinda like crying from football losses Colo Rado. ~ wussie

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archieb30 February 14 2014 at 12:01 PM

Well it's Friday now, and we're having our second day in a row of SUNSHINE. What is wrong with this weather? Keep it up, we're enjoying the break!!!

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lake February 14 2014 at 12:01 PM

Where is Mr. Gore and his global warming nonsense? The plowed snow in my driveway is almost to the roof of the garage.

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thechargerdude February 14 2014 at 12:13 PM

Al Gore is busy hunting down the Man-Bear-Pigs that are fleeing the North.

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joehennes February 14 2014 at 11:44 AM

Oh. My. God. It is SNOWING. In the NORTH. In the WINTER. Next thing you know it will be hot in the summer, and temperate in the spring and fall... Good thing we have newscasters to tell us these things.

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Bodacious Beauty February 14 2014 at 11:39 AM

Just another beautiful snowy day in Brooklyn, New York.

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Wiley February 14 2014 at 12:01 PM

the wind blew and the s--t flew huh ??

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John Matthew February 14 2014 at 11:37 AM

Don't these folks in the east have any memories? Didn't they just have a snow storm? Why can't they remember that winter in their location also means they will frequently receive snow? Why can't they plan ahead accordingly? Are they all stupid? Why must the talking heads on national television waste so much time telling the rest of the nation about snow in the east? This is not news.

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