New Storm Hits Upper Midwest

And rain prompts flood watches across the southeast
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2013 3:05 PM CST
City of Hattiesburg employee Bryan Lee works to take down light poles on Mobile Street on Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2013, in Hattiesburg, Miss.   (AP Photo/ Hattiesburg American, Bryant Hawkins)
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(Newser) – While the Northeast digs itself out from under historic snowfall, a major storm hit the Upper Midwest today with 8 to 15 inches of snow, CNN reports. The new snowstorm struck seven states but targeted Minnesota and the Dakotas in particular. Meanwhile, heavy rain drenched much of the Southeast, prompting flood watches from central Georgia to southeastern Louisiana up to tomorrow afternoon. In other storm news:

  • At least 15 tornadoes appeared in southern Alabama and Mississippi yesterday. One wreaked havoc in Hattiesburg, Miss., injuring at least 13 and striking a main street.
  • Nearly 140,000 still lack power in New England and New York, where many schools are still closed, the AP reports. Crews have cleared most major highways, but many secondary roads remain unusable under ice and snow.
  • In hard-hit Bridgeport, Conn., about 10% to 20% of the 30-inch snowfall has been plowed, says Mayor Bill Finch. And Bridgeport is not alone: "I've talked to other mayors; we're all buried," he says.
  • A new concern: roof collapses as warmer daytime temperatures soothe Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy reported several cases of buildings caving in. What's more, rain will lay the groundwork for frozen roads when temperatures fall below freezing overnight.

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