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Blizzard to Threaten Roof Collapse, Power Outages

Expert: 'People should not venture on their roofs during the storm'
Feb. 7, 2013

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With a potentially-historic blizzard aiming for New England, it is important to be aware of the threats of the storm and to prepare in advance.


With snowstorms this powerful, it's not uncommon for power outages and structural damage to occur throughout the hardest-hit areas.

Areas like Boston and Providence are forecast receive 12 to 24 inches of snow Friday through Saturday.

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Areas West of Boston and across southern New Hampshire could receive 24 or more inches.

"In some areas the snow will cling to trees and power lines as the strong winds occur. The extra weight and strain can bring limbs and lines down," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

A loss of power means a loss of heat for many people, which could quickly become a life-threatening situation for those that are not prepared.

"As far as preparation goes, charge your cell phone ahead of the storm. Have batteries on hand, blankets, etc.," Sosnowski said.

"Do not use portable generators indoors or in an attached garage to your home. Keep kerosine heaters away from items that can easily combust such as clothing, papers, etc."

The heavy snow being forecast could also cause structural damage to homes and roof collapse.
Often during blizzards, there is blowing and drifting snow, which is often the culprit for uneven distribution.

"The greater the angle of the roof, the more weight it can generally handle. When snow gets uneven, it unevenly distributes the weight and can cause roofs to give way days after the storm."
Strong winds could create a dangerous set up for this situation.

But most healthy roofs, even flat ones, can handle a couple feet of snow, he added.

Should the white stuff begin to pile up, it's best to wait out the storm before removing it.

"People should not venture on their roofs during the storm and should only do so if physically able and safety measures have been taken," Sosnowski said.

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danlgordon

Yet another government scam as was Hurricane Sandy (a desperate attempt by Romney to win the election by shutting down city voting places) and Hurricane Katrina (made GWB and other oil barrons several billion dollars when off-shore oil rigs were hit which made prices skyrocket). One of the main purposes of the long ago Vietnam War was to perfect weather control (others were to make the oil companies billions via use of slave labor to drill for oil off of the coast) and to import heroin (done in the bodies of the dead GI suckers conned into going there to make big bucks for the super rich) to create a law and order issue.

February 08 2013 at 12:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rohlemeyer

I'll bet you've been waiting for just the right moment to spew your conspiracy theories. Never mind if they're applicable or not.

February 09 2013 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

I'm from NJ, I hope it doesn't hit us.

February 08 2013 at 2:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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