Wild Winter Storm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A massive storm is bringing yet more ice to the Midwest today, leaving schools and airports closed and hundreds of thousands without power.

At least 22 deaths, most of them in traffic accidents, are being blamed on the storm

Officials in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma have declared states of emergency.

Heavy ice and falling branches have been snapping power lines across the region. More than half a million homes and business in Oklahoma are without power and most school districts in the state remain closed for a second day. A power company spokesman says it could be 10 days before they are able to restore power to everyone.

Utility companies in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa are also reporting tens of thousands of customers without power.

In Iowa, Des Moines' airport was closed yesterday and a spokesman says it could stay that way, with crews unable to keep up with the ice and freezing rain. That's putting a crimp in presidential campaigning, with Republican Mike Huckabee and former President Bill Clinton canceling appearances today.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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