2 Left Dead After Winter Storm Pushes Through 12-13-2010 - WNEM TV 5

2 Left Dead After Winter Storm Pushes Through 12-13-2010

Frigid temperatures and wind-blown snow have left a slippery commute for Michigan motorists after a punishing Midwest winter storm pushed through the state, leaving at least two people dead and blacking out 105,000 homes and businesses.
National Weather Service officials say high temperatures in the teens and wind gusts approaching 40 mph were expected Monday in Lower Michigan, where residents along southern Lake Michigan got upward of 20 inches of snow.
About 7 inches fell in suburban Detroit. Locally, Marlette received 7.5 inches, Saginaw saw 6.3 inches, Midland recorded about 6 inches and Flint snow totals came in around 4.2 inches.
CMS Energy Corp. officials say 12,000 homes and businesses remain blacked out, down from 37,000. DTE Energy Co. says 30,000 customers were powerless, down from 68,000.
The wintry weather, with blowing snow that severely limited visibility, wreaked havoc on air and road travel.
Authorities say an 80-year-old man was killed Sunday when his vehicle rolled over in Montcalm County, while a 75-year-old woman died in a Livingston County crash.
AAA-Michigan said it helped 2,500 motorists on Sunday and had heard from hundreds more by 5 a.m. EST Monday.
The WNEM TV5 school closing list has grew well over 200, click here to view all of the area’s closures and delays.
Meanwhile, authorities are frantically searching for an untold number of motorists in snow-covered northwest Indiana who have been trapped in their cars in biting temperatures.
LaPorte County sheriff's Deputy Andy Hynek said Monday officials don't know how many people were stranded, but that some had been stuck for as long as 12 hours.
Strong winds caused snow drifts up to six feet high in the area and LaPorte and Porter counties issued emergency orders telling drivers to stay off the roads.
Hynek says authorities were having a hard time reaching motorists as snow plows struggled with the high drifts and roadways that were clogged with nearly 100 abandoned cars.



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