Metrodome Collapse Video
December 13, 2010 by USA Post
Metrodome Collapse Video, (AP) – A powerful storm burst dumped mounds of snow in the Upper Midwest on Sunday, closing major highways in several states, the cancellation of more than 1,600 flights in Chicago and the collapse of the roof Minnesota Vikings stadium.
At least four weather-related deaths were reported as the storm dropped nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of Minnesota and went to the east. A blizzard warning was in effect Sunday for parts of eastern Iowa, southeastern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois and Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Surrounding areas, including Chicago, have been under winter storm warnings. Much of Iowa has been subject to a notice of wind chill.
In Minneapolis, heavy snow has left the Metrodome decidedly not ready for some football. Video inside the stadium broadcast by Fox Sports showed the roof collapsed before rent inflatable Teflon, dumping massive amounts of snow in one end of the playground
Nobody was hurt but the Vikings’ game against the New York Giants has been moved to Detroit Ford Field. The day of the match had already been postponed from Sunday to Monday because of the storm kept the Giants to reach Minneapolis time. Stadium officials have tried to repair the roof in time for the Vikings next home game Dec. 20 against Chicago.
Winter weather, with snow squalls which severely limited visibility, wreaking havoc on air and road travel. In the Chicago area, wind gusts up to 50 km / h, the temperature of the teens and wind chills well below zero are expected, with up to 8 inches of snow.
At least 1,375 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport and more than 300 were canceled at Midway International Airport Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said. Both airports are expected to more cancellations and delays reported.
O’Hare officials set up about 200 beds and offer toiletry containing toothpaste and toothbrushes in case passengers get stranded at the airport, said Pride.
The main roads in several states have been closed due to poor driving conditions and accidents.
In Indianapolis, police said a man fatally stabbed his wife, and then died four blocks from his home Sunday morning when his vehicle struck a tree after losing control on a slippery road. Police did not immediately release the names of the couple.
Illinois State Police closed a section of Interstate 80 in north-central part of the state after a pile-west of Peru and several cars of a portion of Interstate 55 near Springfield after accidents and reports of zero visibility. No deaths were reported.
Several vehicles crashed on Interstate 94 about 50 miles west of Milwaukee, has prompted authorities to shut down the westbound lanes. A vehicle lost control on an icy road and struck a tree in southern Wisconsin, killing 21-year Alejandria Abaunza Chicago and injuring two other people inside.
Tod Pritchard Wisconsin Emergency Management has warned that Sunday afternoon would be particularly difficult because the temperatures were down and at some point, the road salt would be more effective. The storm had already dropped to 18 inches of snow in parts of northern and central Wisconsin, he said, and light snow continued Sunday.
Interstate 90 in Albert Lea, Minnesota, to Exit 410 in South Dakota has reopened Sunday afternoon after being closed Saturday because of blowing snow and poor visibility. Highways of the State of Minnesota has also reopened, although transport officials warned that many were still packed snow, ice and, in many cases, down to one lane.
In Iowa, Interstate 29 from the state line in Sioux Falls, SD remained closed, even if other parts of it and Highway 80 reopened.
AAA-Michigan said it was a busy day for his crew, roadside assistance, with 850 calls from midnight through 12:30 pm Sunday.
“A lot of cars in ditches, seeding, dead batteries,” spokeswoman Nancy Cain said. “This is really the first big explosion statewide winter.”
Six persons were injured Saturday when a truck carrying 13 people struck a guardrail and overturned in Mecosta County, near Stanwood, Mich., in the north-central Lower Peninsula. Authorities said Sunday that the weather played a role in the death of Douglas Munneke, 55, of St. Cloud, Minn.; he died of a heart attack after collapsing while on his snowplow went Saturday.
In western Wisconsin, a man of 79-year snow-blowing the end of his entry was killed when a snowplow truck backed into him. The Department of the St. Croix County Sheriff said Clifford Larson of Woodstock died at the scene.
Snow also covered the Tennessee, where up to 8 inches was expected Monday night. WSMV-TV in Nashville reported that bad weather forced several communities to cancel Christmas parade scheduled for Sunday.
The weather was an unexpected burden for a Minnesota man who had promised to go camping on the roof of a coffee to help her daughter’s school to raise funds.
General Hospital Robert Stevens donned four layers of long underwear, heavy boots and a down coat before embarking on his quest Friday night. He had vowed not to descend until it has risen to 100,000, but changed his mind on Saturday after 15 hours of high winds shredded his tent.
But on Sunday morning, Stevens off again to brave sub-zero wind chills. He has risen and 54,000 and said if he did not have his goal of school might close.
“Mother Nature won yesterday – but I’m looking for victory today,” said Stevens.
Associated Press writer Dirk Lammers in Sioux Falls, SD, David Goodman in Detroit, Dinesh Ramde in Milwaukee and Patrick Condon in Minneapolis contributed to this report.
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