Snow, ice blowing through the South accompanied by strong winter storms


A dangerous winter storm that combines high winds and ice swept across parts of the southeastern United States on Sunday, knocking out power supplies, felling trees and fences and coating roads with a cold glaze. cold, dangerous.

Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Highway patrols reported hundreds of vehicle crashes, and a tornado ripped through a trailer park in Florida. More than 1,200 Sunday flights at Charlotte Douglas International have been canceled – more than 90% of the airport’s Sunday schedule, according to the flight-tracking service

As of Sunday afternoon, 8 to 12 inches (20 and 30 cm) of snow had fallen in several North Carolina counties, while significant frost was causing problems in the central part of the state.

First Sgt. By mid-afternoon, the agency had responded to 300 car crashes and nearly 800 calls for service, said Christopher Knox, a spokesman for the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Transportation Secretary J. Eric Boyette said many roads in the central and western part of the state were covered with ice. He said the eastern part of the state is experiencing high winds and rain.

Kristen Baker Morrow’s 6-year-old son became a snow angel after their home in Crouse, North Carolina, got four inches of snow Sunday morning, but she said they couldn’t stay outside for long because of the hard winds. bear.

Morrow, a 35-year-old nurse, said: “It took 30 to 45 minutes to get everything working in about 10 minutes in the snow, but it was definitely worth it for him, to get our photos and make some memories,” said Morrow, a 35-year-old nurse.

More than 260,000 customers lost power at midday on Sunday, according to Particularly hard hit was North Carolina, with 90,000 power outages. The remaining outages were in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado hit southwestern Florida. Officials in Lee County said 27 mobile homes were destroyed and 24 suffered major damage. There have been no reports of serious injuries.

Edward Murray, 81, told the Naples Daily News in southwest Florida that he was in his mobile home Sunday morning when a tornado picked it up and toppled it over his neighbor’s house.

“It was my house turned upside down,” he told the newspaper. “The tornado swept me away, blew me toward the east wall, and buried me under the sink, the fridge, the kitchen chair and everything else.”

Murray and his daughter, Cokie, escaped unharmed as they crawled out of the rubble.

“I was so happy when I saw the sky,” Murray told the newspaper. “I told the devil, ‘it won’t be there today. “

Virginia State Police said traffic came to a standstill Sunday afternoon on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County after a tractor-trailer hit and the truck’s cabin disconnected from the tractor-trailer in the travel lanes. to the north. Two other accidents occurred in backup traffic, one person was slightly injured. The Virginia Department of Transportation said a bypass is being established. “Stay off the roads if you can. Begging again! Dangerous conditions,” reads a tweet from VDOT’s Salem office.

From midnight to 12:45 p.m., Virginia State Troopers responded to 142 traffic crashes and 162 disabled vehicles. No traffic deaths have been reported.

The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security tweeted pictures of snow-covered roads in the southern part of the state and advised residents to “keep calm and sit down.” The agency said the storm was moving north and most parts of the state were expected to have a build-up of at least 4 inches (10 cm), possibly up to 12 inches (30 cm). in the mountains.

In Tennessee, there are many reports of abandoned and wrecked cars on snow-covered roads.

After hitting the South, the storm is expected to bring icy and snowy conditions to the Northeast. New York City is expected to avoid most, if not all, of the snowfall, but coastal areas of Long Island and Connecticut are expecting gusty conditions. Upstate New York is forecast to experience up to a foot of snow along with high winds.

6 to 13 inches (15 to 33 cm) of snow is expected in areas of east-central Ohio and western Pennsylvania from Sunday afternoon.

Chilling temperatures lingered across New England on Sunday, with wind chill north of Vermont reported as -27 degrees Fahrenheit (-33 degrees Celsius). In Boston, where a cold emergency was declared on Saturday, wind chills remained below zero (-17 degrees Celsius) even as the area began to thaw.


The Associated Press correspondent Dave Porter in New York City; Jeff Martin of Woodstock, Georgia; Rebecca Reynolds of Simpsonville, Kentucky; Terry Spencer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ron Todd of Philadelphia; Kim Chandler of Montgomery, Alabama; and Collin Binkley of Killington, Vermont contributed to this report. Snow, ice blowing through the South accompanied by strong winter storms


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