Arctic blast plays havoc with Midwest, Northeast

CHICAGO (AP) -- An arctic blast that dropped Midwest temperatures
50 degrees in a few hours is having a similar effect on the mercury
today in the Northeast and New England.
Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and fierce winds sliced through
the Midwest yesterday, leaving behind bitterly cold air and
blizzards in the northern Plains.
The temperature in Buffalo, N.Y., dropped more than 30 degrees
this morning from a high of 54 yesterday, with winds gusting to
more than 60 miles per hour. Power is out in 40,000 homes and
businesses, roads are slick and most schools in the Buffalo area
are closed.
Power is also out in parts of Illinois, Ohio and Michigan.
Authorities say the winds and thunderstorms may have killed two
people in Indiana yesterday.
And two snowmobilers found alive after getting lost in
snow-covered mountains near Denver have told rescuers that their
companion is dead. A search resumed today.


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