Ice Storm Debilitates the Heartland

Worst storm in a decade dumps freezing rain over a thousand-mile stretch, causing power outages, school closings and several accidents.
2:16 | 01/13/17

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We begin with a dangerous drive home at this hour for tens of millions what authorities are calling quite possibly the worst ice storm to hit the heartland in a decade. The monster storm dumping freezing rain over a thousand mile stretch state of emergency in Oklahoma and Missouri as the system now moves east. A snowplow driver running off the road by a truck they are in Provo Utah the driver badly hurt. The driver of this has to be losing control in Saint Louis skidding across four lanes of traffic. Sixteen states now from Texas to Pennsylvania in the storm zone as we go into the night ABC's Adrienne bankers meet this off. Tonight multiple states bracing for it epic ice storm. Officials taking every precaution closing schools and telling people to stay off the roads. The bottom line is we as we see this coming. He's who the possible effects what we've done here is we've gotten ahead of this. The heartland is getting wasted night it it dangerous coding up heights watched this black SUV fish tailed into a complete 180 on the Saint Louis highway. Narrowly missing other drivers tragically at least one deadly accident already in Missouri. Residents stocking up on supplies and filling gas tank stripping shelves. Is that DI Susie is PI Smeltz. Those going well crazy generators. You can keep in stock right now I'm worried about this syndicate as it down power lines has snapped I wanna be war broke. In Saint Louis utility teams ready to pounce all city offices closed. That thick ice snapping trees crews racing to clear blocked road. And injury maker joins us live from Wichita Kansas where there. Taking a new step tonight ahead of the freezing rain something they often do in Canada. Yes that's right David in fact the rain just starting to come down here where we are. We call the Kansas Department of Transportation are adding organic would be used to their brightens at least it's something that melt the ice and snow much faster health. That salt stick on the roadway something that's very crucial here. On elevated portions of the roadways like this overpass where spin outs are more likely to happen. David our beaches we had heard of that before Adrian thank you see driving if anyone's on the roads and.

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