Millions of Americans disappeared from a massive storm of snow, ice and high winds across eastern America early Monday morning causing traffic disruptions, plane crashes and power outages to about 130,000 homes.
The National Meteorological Service The storm combined severe snow, snowfall and strong winds, affecting the southeastern and mid-Atlantic coasts before moving to New England and southern Canada.
Up to one foot of snow is expected over the area from the northern Ohio Valley to the southern Great Lakes region, the NWS warned.
The U.S. media reports that more than 80 million people are under climate warning.
As of mid-Sunday, about 235,000 customers had lost electricity in the Southeast, but that number had dropped to 130,000 homes by early Monday morning, according to the PowerOutage.US website.
Areas along the Appalachian Mountains may receive up to 1 inch of snow per hour on Monday, with cold spells until Tuesday, the NWS said.
The storm made landfall in the state of Florida and caused flooding in coastal areas. Cold and powerful storms blew across the Carolinas and the Appalachians.
Traffic was severely affected. According to the FlightAware website, about 3,000 flights to or from the United States were canceled on Sunday, and 4,200 flights were delayed.
Part of the interstate I-95 Highway in North Carolina has been closed. Drivers received warnings about dangerous road conditions.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Friday and said snowstorms have been working since noon to clear roads.
Virginia and North Carolina also declared a state of emergency.
Virginia Police said on Twitter that they would respond to nearly 1,000 incidents Sunday. “Very damaged cars. There were no casualties, ”he said.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Twitter at noon on Sunday that up to a foot of snow had fallen in some areas, “causing significant icing problems in the central part of the state.” The governor urged them to do everything possible to avoid relocation.
In North Carolina, the roof of a university dormitory collapsed due to the storm, according to local broadcast ABC, but no injuries were reported.
Snowfall was also reported in Pensacola, Florida, while Atlanta, Georgia, the NWS reported generally light snowfall.
The NWS has warned that some coastal flooding is expected and that hurricane force winds are approaching the Atlantic coast.
Snow had already hit the Northeastern United States earlier this month. Hundreds of motorists were stranded for more than 24 hours on the highway connecting Washington.
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