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Winter Storms
Winter Storms' Impact ...

Winter storms can cause tremendous damage and inconvenience, even loss of life. They often bring with them extreme cold, heavy snow, ice, strong winds, or a combination of all of the above.

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Heavy snow can immobilize a region by stranding motorists, stopping the flow of supplies, and disrupting emergency and medical services. Accumulation of snow can collapse buildings, knock down trees, and cripple power lines. In rural areas, homes and farms can be isolated for days and unprotected livestock can be lost. The cost of snow removal, repairing damages, and the loss of business can have major economic impacts on a community.

Ice Storms

Heavy accumulations of ice can bring down trees, electrical wires, telephone poles and lines, and communication towers. Communications and power can be disrupted for days while utility companies repair the damage. Even small accumulations of ice can cause extremely treacherous conditions for drivers and pedestrians.

Extreme Cold

Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause frost bite and hypothermia and become life-threatening. Infants and the elderly are most at risk in these situations. Pipes can freeze and burst in homes that are poorly insulated or in buildings that have no heat, rivers can freeze and disrupt shipping, and ice jams can form and lead to flooding.

Strong Winds

Many storms along the coast are accompanied by strong winds that create blizzard-like conditions with blinding, driving snow, coastal flooding and beach erosion, and sink ships at sea. Severe drifts and wind chills can also result. The winds often knock out power and down trees.

  • Winter Storm Preparation
  • Winter Storm Family Disaster Plan
  • Watches, Warnings Explained
  • When Caught in a Winter Storm
  • Hypothermia and Frost Bite
  • Mid-Atlantic Winter Storms
  • Causes of Winter Storms
  • Winter Storm Deaths
  • Impact of Winter Storms
  • Types of Winter Precipitation

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