Dangerous Weather: Heavy Snow and Tornadoes

Extreme storms shut down major highways and destroy homes.
2:55 | 11/17/14

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The nightmare on the road for millions, and parts of the country bracing for nearly three feet of snow. And tornadoes in the south. This truck, flipped. A woman searches the wreckage of her home. Just listen to the wind. And this traffic jam, stretching for miles, and straight to the map, more than half the country with snow on the ground. The earliest in years. We begin with gio Benitez, in the storm zone. Reporter: From blinding wind and snow up north, to severe weather and tornadoes down south, tonight, hundreds of millions in the grasp of extreme weather. Central Minnesota highways look like a frozen tundra. Residents in Ohio solving out. In Indiana, residents shoveling out, and crews working overtime to keep roads clear. While you think you see dry pavement, there's some black ice out there. You really need to pay attention. Reporter: That black ice, to blame for nearly two dozen accidents near Indianapolis, shutting down the main interstate. At least 11 people killed in car accidents from Minnesota to Texas. In Oklahoma City, ambulances couldn't keep up. Across the south, nearly 50 reports of severe weather, including at least two con formed tornadoes. One near Macon, Georgia, an ef-1 with winds of 105 miles per hour. In Alabama, pat Mclaughlin's trailer home flipped completely over. When I started smelling smoke, I crawled through the debris and then the door is upside down, so I felt and felt and felt how to get the door the great Lakes, up the three feet of snow headed this way. You can feel the winds picking up here. And the snow will wallop the coast. And we're hearing warnings to stay off the roads. Let's get right to ginger zee, tracking the cold that's fueling all this. That cold is plenty cold. Tomorrow morning, on the map, the Numbers pop up, you go, oh no! It's worse than last week. 2 below in Wisconsin. Michigan, Buffalo, watertown, more than a foot in some places. That's after 50% of the country covered. This time last year, 12.5%. To Ferguson, Missouri, and the state of emergency declared. The National Guard deployed.

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