• Short Summary

    DURING THE NIGHT OF NOV. 13/14, THE TOWN OF EL PASO, TEXAS, WAS HIT BY THE WORST SHOWSTORM FOR MANY YEARS.

  • Description

    DURING THE NIGHT OF NOV. 13/14, THE TOWN OF EL PASO, TEXAS, WAS HIT BY THE WORST SHOWSTORM FOR MANY YEARS. USUALLY, THE WINTER CLIMATE IS MILD, AND SEMI-TROPICAL PLANTS THRIVE IN THE SUNSHINE, SO NOBODY WAS PREPARED FOR THE FREEZING 70 MILE-AN-HOUR WINDS AND SNOW.

    POWER WAS CUT OFF FOR THREE AND A HALF HOURS, BRINGING ALL ELECTRICAL SERVICES TO A STANDSTILL. MOTORISTS WERE STRANDED, THEIR CARS BURIED BY SNOWDRIFTS. HOUSES BUILT TO AFFORD PROTECTION FROM THE HOT SUN, WERE NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO STAND UP TO THE HEAVY SNOW, MANY WINDOWS WERE BROKEN AND ROOFS COLLAPSED.

    POLICE HAD NO EMERGENCY PLANS READY TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATION AND WERE UNABLE TO COPY WITH THE HUNDREDS OF CARS LEFT IN STREETS BY STRANDED MOTORISTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVARYRTWNLKXPEVBPTKO023PS5A
    Media URN:
    VLVARYRTWNLKXPEVBPTKO023PS5A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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