The strong snow and wind storm that hits the east coast of the US forced millions to take shelter

Heavy snow hits the US

Millions of Americans took cover this Sunday from a major storm that hits the east of the country with snow, ice and strong winds and has caused power outages, road disruptions and flight suspensions.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said the storm combines heavy snow, freezing rain and strong winds. and impacted the southeast and mid-Atlantic coast before heading to New England and southern Canada.

In areas along the Appalachian Mountains, snow could fall as fast as an inch (2.5 cm) per hour on Monday while frigid conditions could last through Tuesday., according to the NWS.

More than 80 million people are under climate alerts, US media reported.

From the middle of Sunday, Some 235,000 customers had lost power in the Southeast, including more than 150,000 in the Carolinas., according to the PowerOutage.US website, although it appeared that some were reconnecting at night.

The storm spawned damaging tornadoes in the state of Florida and flooding along parts of the coast. In the Carolinas and Appalachians, icy conditions and powerful gales raised concerns.

Transportation was severely affected. Thousands of flights were canceled and a section of the busy I-95 interstate highway was closed in North Carolina.

Millions of residents remain without power or running water amid two winter storms that have blanketed snow and ice
Millions of residents remain without power or running water amid two winter storms that have blanketed snow and ice

Some 3,000 flights in, to or from the United States were canceled late Sunday, according to the FlightAware website, and another 4,200 were delayed.

Drivers were warned about dangerous road conditions.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp had declared a state of emergency on Friday and snowplows had been working since before noon to clear roads.

Virginia and North Carolina also declared states of emergency.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Twitter that up to a foot (30 cm) of snow had fallen in some areas as of noon Sunday and that “significant icing is causing problems in the central part of the state.” ”. The governor urged to do everything possible to avoid displacement.

Also in North Carolina, the storm caused the collapse of a university residence, according to local stations. ABC, but there were no injuries.

The NWS reported that flurries were even reported in Pensacola, Florida, while Atlanta, Georgia, usually mild, also had a snowfall.

Some coastal flooding is expected and the NWS warned that winds on the Atlantic coast could approach hurricane force.

Snow already hit the northeastern United States hard earlier this month. A storm there left hundreds of motorists trapped for more than 24 hours on a highway connecting to Washington.

(With information from AFP)


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