The Nasty Nor'easter

A huge, howling storm sweeps across the U.S. and lashes the East Coast

EARLY AMERICANS LIVED IN FEAR OF A NOR'EASTER howling in from the Atlantic. Modern Americans see nature as well under control and react with indignation when it is unchained. So it was last week, with holiday schedules busy and tempers already frayed, as one of the fiercest storms of the century hit the East Coast. Record coastal floods and snowfalls -- nearly 3 ft. in parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts -- resulted when a 170-m.p.h. jet stream collided with a storm that had caused tornadoes in California, then skimmed along the Gulf Coast and out to sea before doubling...

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