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February 8th, 2013
06:08 AM ET

VIDEO: East Coast braces for monster snow storm – Jennifer Delgado has latest forecast

Meteorologist Jennifer Delgado on the latest warnings and accumulation predictions for the East Coast blizzard.

Filed under: Severe weather
February 7th, 2013
07:54 AM ET

Blizzard warning for Northeast as storm threatens to dump up to two feet of snow – Indra Petersons reports

Brace yourselves, bundle up, and buy a shovel: This is going to be a big one. At this moment, a blizzard watch is in effect for New England. A storm is headed that way and could be historic. This is expected to drop more than two feet of snow in some places, and it all starts tomorrow.

Meteorologist Indra Petersons is tracking this mess for "Early Start" from the CNN Weather center in Atlanta. She says the snowfall in Boston could rival its worst blizzard back in 2003, when the city had 27 1/2 inches.

It all comes down to two storms coming together.

"We're going to watch this instability produce heavy showers even through Atlanta today. We're going to see a low form, start to be kind of a rain and wind event as it moves across or north on the Eastern Seaboard. And then, notice, the other storm system. Now, watch as these two merge together. Again, once they merge, it's all about the positioning, not only of the low itself but where the freezing line is all these factors will determine how much snow we will have in each area," Petersons says.

A blizzard warning has been issued for Boston, Rhode Island and Connecticut. There are also winter storm watches through most of New England. Depending on that position in the freezing line, Petersons says the amount of snow could vary.

WEIGH IN: Are you looking forward to the storm, or looking forward to hiding from it?

Filed under: Severe weather
January 30th, 2013
06:59 AM ET

People trapped, one dead after severe storms break out across South


(CNN) - A buzzer went off in the newsroom of a local television station in Nashville, Tennessee, letting staff know to evacuate to their safe room immediately.

Tornado warnings had cropped up in at least 11 counties around CNN affiliate WSMV, and the signal came to head for cover at around 4 a.m. central.

The National Weather Service also issued tornado warnings around Louisville, Kentucky, indicating thunderstorms capable of producing multiple tornadoes.

A large springlike storm system is pushing severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and unstable conditions favorable for concocting tornadoes eastward through the Mississippi Valley. The system stretches from southern Illinois into northern Louisiana, the National Weather Service said.

This morning on "Early Start," Wilson Co. Emergency Management's John Jewell describes the damage after a deadly line of storms passes through Tennessee. He says explains the local damage and says there is one report of a family trapped in a mobile home.

READ MORE: Tornado warnings in Southern states as storm sweeps east

Filed under: Severe weather
December 26th, 2012
07:15 AM ET

Tornado rips through Mobile, Alabama; Mobile Fire-Rescue Dept's PIO Steve Huffman: 'everybody was prepared'

An unwelcome visitor tore through Alabama this Christmas when a dangerous tornado hit downtown Mobile. It knocked out power for nearly 26,000 people as well as the local hospital. Several buildings, including a high school and almost two dozen homes, and a local church were also damaged by the tornado. The church is still standing, but Steve Huffman, the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department's Public Information Officer, joins “Early Start” over the phone with the latest on the reports of damage.

Huffman says public works crews and Alabama power crews have been working through the night to repair the damage and restore power, respectively, in the affected areas. Residents, meanwhile, were told to expect severe weather, including tornadoes, and were unharmed. “I think everybody was prepared for that,” Huffman says.

Just last week, a tornado came through the same area. “We rarely have tornadoes in the city itself, and to have two within a five day period is pretty unusual,” he adds. Huffman says temperatures have since cooled down and the wind is blowing hard outside, “but we can live with that.”

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June 25th, 2012
08:02 AM ET

Hurricane season off to 'robust' start – Alexandra Steele has latest on tropical storm Debby

Alexandra Steele on the latest damage from tropical storm Debby and the record number of storms this year in the season.

June 25th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Tropical Storm Debby drenching Florida coast – John Zarrella on how the state is preparing for a prolonged storm

(CNN) - Tropical Storm Debby threatened to spawn more tornadoes Monday as the stationary storm pummeled the Gulf Coast with fierce winds and heavy rain.

The storm has already killed at least one person after apparent tornadoes struck central Florida, officials said.

And with Debby coming to a standstill in the northern Gulf of Mexico, states surrounding the sprawling storm could endure high winds and intense rainfall for days.

As of Monday morning, Debby was centered about 90 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola in the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said.

CNN's John Zarrella looks at the potential damage Debby could cause to the Florida coast on "Early Start" this morning.


Filed under: Severe weather
April 4th, 2012
07:12 AM ET

Texas Rep. Burgess says residents 'thankful this morning' that tornadoes weren't deadly

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) explains what he saw when tornadoes touched down in North Texas.

Filed under: Severe weather
April 4th, 2012
05:56 AM ET

Dallas Sheriff's Dept. Lt. Paul Patterson on aftermath of tornadoes in Texas, says it 'could have been worse'

Dallas Sheriff's Department's Lt. Paul Patterson on cleanup efforts violent tornadoes tore through Texas.

Filed under: Severe weather
March 5th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Tornado survivor Julie Money helped save lives in restaurant in Indiana

Julie Money of Henryville, IN talks explains how she helped save a number of people by holing up in a restaurant.

Filed under: Severe weather
March 5th, 2012
09:56 AM ET

Storm chaser describes 'utter chaos'

Twisterchasers.com's Jeff Piotrowski describes what he saw chasing the tornadoes and severe weather over the weekend.

Filed under: Severe weather
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