Wednesday, February 14, 2007

MAINE : "A Valentine's Blizzard in Maine".

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine, where as much as 2 feet of snow was possible.
Maine Gov. John Baldacci declared a state of emergency to ensure deliveries of heating oil. "We're geared up to handle snow," said Dana Wardwell, director of public works in Bangor, Maine.

As sleet stings the faces of pedestrians, and snow and ice coat windshields and streets today, the storm nick-named the "Valentine's Day blizzard", shut down all schools and air travel and turned the highways into skating rinks.
Nearly 300,000 homes and business had lost electrical service in the cold weather. At least 12 deaths were blamed on this huge storm system.
Thousands of schools were closed from Maine to Kentucky and for some schools and businesses in the Midwest for a second day, and in Washington, D.C. the federal government decided to open offices two hours late.

The slippery streets and sidewalks created a challenge for florists trying to deliver Valentine's Day flowers.
"People have to understand, we can't do it if it gets really bad. Other than that, we'll kill ourselves to get it delivered," said a florist whose shop in the Bangor area was double-wrapping their arrangements to protect them from the brutal cold.

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