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Prepare Now For Winter's Harsh Storms

Written by  January 3, 2008

Winter has officially arrived, bringing with it all the risks associated with cold weather, snow and ice. As those of us who live in cold-weather areas know, winter storms can wreak havoc on businesses. Our office is based in St. Louis, so we have had our share of storms over the years. In mid-December a massive winter storm hit across the Midwest and later moved into the northeast. It caused widespread power outages, travel problems and many business closures. Although our immediate area was not affected too much, there were many across the state of Missouri and nation that were. Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and Oklahoma were also hard hit with ice and power outages. The storm caused the worst power outage ever in Oklahoma, leaving nearly 600,000 without power. Many businesses were without electricity for days. You can read a more detailed account on the storm in the Around the World column on


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