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7 dead as Winter Storm Hera leaves swath of snow

By The Weather Channel

As Winter Storm Hera blows towards the Midwest, snow and slick travel conditions are anticipated in parts of the Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes over the weekend. At least 7 people have been killed due to poor road conditions produced by Hera.

Winter storm warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service in a swath of western and northern Michigan, while winter weather advisories extend southward into the Lower Ohio Valley.

READ MORE: Winter Storm Hera Forecast

Here are the latest state-by-state impacts.


The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that six people died in a fatal accident in northeast Oklahoma Saturday. The driver of a minivan lost control on a wet road near Chouteau and crossed the median into oncoming traffic, reports the Associated Press. The vehicle struck a tractor-trailer head-on, and the minivan’s driver and five occupants – which included two children ages 1 and 3 – were pronounced dead from their injuries.

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A sixth occupant listed in reports as a juvenile male was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

As of Saturday afternoon, more than 700 people were without power in Lawton and Tulsa, according to the Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s website. All power was restored by 9 p.m. local time.

The City of Tulsa made 64 truck-mounted salt spreaders, 48 snow plows, seven 4×4 trucks equipped with snow plows, 170 employees and almost 8,500 tons of salt available to combat the effects of Hera, according to television station KJRH.


Saturday afternoon a two-car crash on U.S. Highway 24 just south of Monroe City killed one woman and injured four others, according to the Missouri Highway State Highway Patrol. The driver of the first vehicle, Sean Fahrendorf, lost control on the ice-covered roadway and veered into the path of the car being driven by Monica Lloyd.

The front of Lloyd’s vehicle struck the passenger side of Fahrendorf’s car, causing the death of Malori McGhee and injuring Fahrendorf. The occupants of Lloyd’s vehicle Alexia and Jacob Lloyd, ages 12 and 3, sustained injuries. Troopers said the crash occurred at 1:30 p.m.

As for the warm side of Hera, severe thunderstorms associated with the same frontal systemhave affected parts of the south.


Strong wind gusts took down power poles and traffic signals in Michigan City forcing The Indiana Department of Transportation to close the intersection of U.S 20 and U.S 421 on Sunday, according to the service’s Twitter.

n Delaware County, a jackknifed semi-truck closed the northbound lanes of I-69 at mile marker 237, the department also reports. The truck was reportedly blocking both lanes on the road.


Early Sunday morning four crashes were reported across the area in Ann Arbor, according to MLive. The Collisions occurred on westbound Interstate 94 at Harris Road, westbound I-94 at Huron Street, westbound U.S. 12 bypass near Airport Industrial Drive, and at Pontiac Trial and Northside Avenue in Ann Arbor.


The National Weather Service’s Boston office reported downed wires and power lines on Main Street Sunday. Wires were also down on Wanda Street and a tree limb fell on Pike Avenue at Wilmarth Street.


NWS Philadelphia reported a tree downed by winds fell on a house and another downed tree fell on top of a car in Allegheny County Sunday. Another tree was blown over onto Route 338 in Clarion County, closing the road.

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