Utility companies and road crews are preparing for the worst as a winter storm barrels into the US Northeast. Meanwhile, officials in areas already hit hard by the blast warn that it may be days before some shivering communities have electricity again.
The storm has been blamed for at least 19 deaths, shutting government offices and keeping kids home from dozens of schools from the Southern plains to the East Coast.
With more than a foot of snow forecast for New Hampshire, the Legislature has canceled Wednesday’s sessions.
Tree limbs encased in ice tumbled onto roads and crashed onto power lines in hard-hit Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma. In Arkansas, where ice in some places is 3 inches thick, people are huddling next to portable heaters and wood-burning fires.
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