Extreme weather buffets the nation (includes video story)

An intense arctic blast is concluding in the eastern U.S. as a new one takes aim.

In Portland, OR, a tree crashed through a roof, narrowly missing 10-year-old Harlow and her friend Lucy during a playdate. Harlow recalls the terrifying moment: “I thought the whole house was going to collapse, and I was screaming.”

Bot far away, in Lake Oswego, Oregon, an elderly man sleeping on the second floor of a home was killed by a tree that struck his house. Winter havoc has claimed the lives of at least seven people in the Portland area.

Concord, Massachusetts, faced treacherous driving conditions, leading a truck to veer off the road into icy water. Fortunately, the driver survived. A Concord fire official urged people to stay home.

Airports, including Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International, experienced significant delays, causing frustration for passengers.

Amidst the storm, there’s a glimmer of relief. Warm-ups are expected in Oklahoma City, Atlanta, and Washington, DC, on Thursday before temperatures drop again over the weekend.

Elizabeth Garcia is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Pre-Law. After graduating, she aspires to enter into a career within the entertainment field as well as attend Law school.