Second Round of Brutal Weather Blasts Heartland

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A brutal blizzard is battering the U.S. heartland, packing hurricane-force winds and causing power outages in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

The deadly storm, the second in less than a week to slam the region, is forecast to dump up to 15 inches of snow Tuesday for some areas in the storm's path.

It has already had a deadly impact, killing one person in Oklahoma after a roof gave way under thick snow. One man died after his SUV hit an icy patch on Interstate 70 in Kansas.

In Amarillo, Texas, 19 inches of snow fell, blown by gusts of up to 77 mph.

Kansas, which barely recovered from last week's monster storm, is bracing for even more punishment.

"We've had a nice winter so far and now the last two weeks here, it's like, gee," Elton Horne of Williamsburg, Kan.

From Oklahoma to Maine, 19 states are under storm watches and warnings, with streets covered with thick ice and snow.

Dozens of motorists and troopers have reported being stranded or have abandoned their vehicles with near zero visibility and drifting snow.

Even truckers were stranded as icy roads and blizzard-like conditions forced I-40 in New Mexico to be shut down.

"It costs money to sit still and it costs money to run that thing empty, you know, as far as fuel. So hopefully they get it cleared up," truck driver Daniel Barefoot said.

Emergency officials are doing their best to clear the roads of the piles of snow.

The monster storm even brought hurricane force winds, knocking out power to thousands and peeling bricks from buildings.

"It sounded like someone had run into the building and it was falling apart," Austin, Texas, resident Rosemary Frasier said.

In San Antonio, three people were killed when high winds caused a brush fire to break out at a mobile home park.

"It was like within seconds my house went up in flames, in seconds," mobile park resident Angelica Salas said. "So I went to my house try to get the important things - pictures, important papers -- and I couldn't even do that. My house just went up in flames."

Forecasters also warn of possible severe weather in the Southeast -- all part of the same massive storm that's pounding the Plains with snow.

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