United States of Emergency: Millions suffer blackouts and blizzards as nationwide storm cripples country
February 2, 2011
- President briefed on storm as national emergency plans are being prepared
- The storm will affect a third of the U.S. population
- Thousands of flights cancelled as airports across the country are closed
- Fears it could be worse than the Great Chicago Storm of 1967
A massive winter storm has roared into America's heartland, carrying a paralysing punch of dangerous ice and snow that shut down airports, schools, colleges and government offices.
Ice-covered streets were deserted in Super Bowl host city Dallas, white-outs shut down Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and more is on the way.
Chicago has already been blanketed with seventeen inches of snow with more expected to fall. Public schools in the city closed for the first time in twelve years in what is shaping up to be a record winter for the region.