Monday 23 April 2018

Search for toddler as heavy storms continue in Georgia

A rescue worker enters a hole in the back of a mobile home in Big Pine Estates that was damaged by a tornado (Photo: AP Photo)
A rescue worker enters a hole in the back of a mobile home in Big Pine Estates that was damaged by a tornado (Photo: AP Photo)
Isabella Busse , 6, walks through floodwater near the Seal Beach Pier during a storm in Seal Beach (Photo: AP)
Waves crash into the historic WW1-era ship called S.S. Palo Alto at Rio Del Mar in Aptos, Calif., after it was torn apart during a storm (Photo: AP)
Residents and volunteers of Hattiesburg helps salvage personal belongings in the Hall Avenue neighborhood that was destroyed from Saturday's twister that damaged much of the city, . (Photo: AP)
Jake Hart, 13, plays in the rising floodwater during a storm in Seal Beach, California (Photo: AP)
Fire units attempt to locate a possible person in Santa Ana River in Costa Mesa, California., (Photo: AP)
Terry Paramore works on his roof after a severe storm caused a tree to fall on his home, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Albany, Ga. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of (Photo: AP Photo) Newsdesk Newsdesk

A powerful storm that killed at least 21 people in the southern United States over the weekend brought snow, heavy rain and gusty winds to the Northeast on Tuesday as searchers combed Georgia tornado wreckage for a missing toddler.

The storm, known as a nor'easter, dumped from 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) of snow on New York's Catskills as well as mountains in Pennsylvania and New England, along with a heavy mix of freezing rain and sleet, said Brian Hurley, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

"A lot of places are seeing snowfall in the 2- to 4-inch (5- to 10-cm) range because not all of it is snow," he said. Much of the Northeast was under winter storm warnings or advisories.

Wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour (97 km per hour) also were recorded all along the East Coast, Hurley said. The high winds caused scattered power outages, with Eversource Energy reporting about 4,400 customers in New England without power.

The snow and ice is expected to taper off through Wednesday morning as the storm system heads into Canada's Maritime provinces, the National Weather Service said.

School districts across the region canceled or delayed the start of classes due to icy roads. Local news outlets showed footage of snow-covered roads and vehicles thickly glazed with ice.

In southern Georgia, police with dogs searched through the ruins of the Piney Woods Mobile Home Park and adjacent woods near Albany for a 2-year-old boy missing since a tornado flattened the area on Sunday.

Search teams had looked all day Monday and through the night for the toddler. Local media said the child had slipped away from his mother before their home was destroyed.

The storm was part of the system that killed at least 21 people, 16 of them in Georgia, before roaring up the East Coast.

Another winter storm plowing east out of the Rocky Mountains could drop from 6 to 15 inches (15 to 38 cm) of snow on parts of South Dakota and Nebraska before weakening as it reaches the upper Midwest on Wednesday, Hurley said.


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