A massive snowstorm has killed at least seven people and left many more stranded in their vehicles in Buffalo, New York, and affected several other Great Lake states, including northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Further snow is expected to hit Buffalo on Thursday, which was buried under six feet of snow and declared a state of emergency.
"This storm is an extraordinarily difficult situation, with snowfall that may break records. We are prepared, but we need residents to stay off the roads so that first responders can do their work and keep people safe," New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
"Although the sun may be shining, we are using this opening to clear roads before the snow begins falling again. This is an opportunity to be a good neighbor and check on your fellow New Yorkers to see if they need assistance, but I urge everyone to stay off the road." more >>
A super storm created by the after effects of Typhoon Nuri swept Alaska and will cause frigid temperatures in other major cities in the U.S., including New York City by Friday.
Forecasters say the temperatures could drop to the 30s by Friday, with the first half of the week remaining relatively mild in the 50s. Temperatures will begin to dip in the big apple by Wednesday, according to The New York Post.
"It is going to turn colder for sure," said senior meteorologist Dave Dombek of Accuweather, who said predictions for Wednesday point to it dropping to 44 degrees. more >>
Hurricane Arthur is hitting the U.S. East Coast on Friday, the Fourth of July holiday, leaving close to 22,000 without power in North Carolina and strengthening to a Category 2 hurricane.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Arthur has grown to speeds of 100 mph, and reached land late on Thursday, between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina. Duke Energy has said that more than 22,000 people have been left without power in the area.
"We're most concerned about flooding inland and also storm surges in our sounds and our rivers further inland," North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday. more >>
The July Fourth holiday could be a wet one for the Carolinas as the National Hurricane Center announced Tuesday that tropical storm Arthur, the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to hit the area as a hurricane on Thursday.
"After remaining nearly stationary earlier this morning, Arthur appears to be drifting northwestward now with an uncertain motion of 315/02 kt," noted the NHC in a discussion of the storm Tuesday.
According to USA Today, the tropical depression formed late Monday night as it moved off Florida's east coast at 2 mph. The NHC's 11 a.m. ET advisory said the system was located about 95 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral. It is also moving with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with tropical-storm-force winds that extend 45 miles from its center. more >>
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Ream held its annual chaplains conference in North Carolina, having a record attendance for the multiday event.
Held last week at The Cove in Ashville by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, the conference involved training chaplains in various fields of care.
Scott Holmquist, deputy director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, told The Christian Post about how the conference went. more >>
A recent video uploaded to YouTube shows a woman's heartfelt plea to Jesus for protection as a tornado approached North Dakota's oil patch on Monday, ultimately injuring nine people and destroying 15 trailer homes belonging to oil workers.
The tornado, which injured nine at an oil workers' camp near Watford City, North Dakota, had winds that peaked at 120 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The natural disaster hit the small workers' camp, located 50 miles southeast of Williston, at 7:50 p.m. and was categorized as an EF-2 in strength.
In the video, uploaded to YouTube by BreakingNewsYouTube, a woman can be heard offering a panicked plea to God for safety, saying that she has nowhere to go if the tornado strikes her home. "Oh Jesus, Father God in Heaven … Oh my Jesus. We've got nowhere to go," the woman can be heard saying. more >>