Massive Storms Head East : The Two-Way Huge storms move toward US east coast
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Massive Storms Head East

A record low pressure system is sweeping eastward, triggering storms that have produced hail, tornadoes, heavy rain and powerful wind. Yesterday, the barometric pressure plunged to 28.21 inches in Bigfork, Minn. Not impressed? From the Minnesota Climatology Working Group:

'To illustrate how strong of a storm this is, 28.21 inches is equivalent to a Category 3 Hurricane. The lowest pressure for the storm that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975 was 28.95 inches.'

You can check out the National Weather Service's excruciatingly detailed map: the varied colors list additional warnings for blizzard conditions and flooding.

THE WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy.

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