Storms Batter Southeast And West Coast
The Associated Press
Jan. 07, 1995
A cold front pushing off the East Coast battered the Southeast on Saturday with a tornado and deadly wind, and a new Pacific storm poured heavy rain on already-sodden California.
Intense thunderstorms broke out over parts of the Southeast along a cold front, generating a tornado that cut a swath through rural central Florida and damaged or destroyed about 150 mobile homes. Dozens of people were injured.
A funnel cloud was spotted east of Orlando and wind damaged homes in a suburb west of the central Florida city.
Wind was measured at 60 mph to 80 mph in the region, and a gust to 146 mph was measured at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base at Goldsboro, N.C.
Dozens of homes were damaged by high wind in eastern North Carolina and two people were killed.
Wilmington, N.C., got 2.15 inches of rain in 24 hours.
To the north, a related storm system slid up the New England Coast into the Canadian Maritimes, leaving 6 to 10 inches of snow at higher elevations of parts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
To the south and west, snow was scattered across New York and Pennsylvania. Earlier, 4 to 6 six inches of snow fell across northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.
Gusty southerly wind accompanying that weather system pushed the temperature to a record-tying 52 at New York City's Kennedy Airport, on the exposed southern shore of Long Island.
The latest in a series of powerful Pacific storms raked the coast of California and Oregon with wind gusting to 74 mph. Farther inland in northern California, wind hit 60 mph at Redding. Thousands of people lost power during the night.
The storm also carried heavy rain, with just under 3 inches in the San Francisco Bay area.
Snow piled up in the mountains, with 10 to 18 inches in the Sierra Nevada around Lake Tahoe, accompanied by wind estimated at more than 100 mph.
More waves of precipitation were expected to hit the West Coast during the night and late Sunday.
Gale warnings were in effect along the coast through Monday with the Coast Guard reporting 20-foot swells. During the night into Saturday morning, the Coast Guard barred ships from entering or leaving San Francisco Bay because of the rough seas.
Snow also blew through some of the Intermountain region and Rockies with winds of more than 50 mph in parts of southeastern Wyoming.
Saturday's temperatures around the Lower 48 states ranged from a morning low of 25 below zero at Ely and Silver Bay, Minn., to an afternoon reading of 83 at Key West, Fla. The lowest wind chill was 42 below zero at Hallock and Crookston, Minn.