Millions brace for snow in eastern US
January 17 2022 01:28 AM
People dine outside as a winter storm approaches Washington, DC, yesterday.
People dine outside as a winter storm approaches Washington, DC, yesterday.

AFP / Washington

Millions of Americans were braced for heavy snow and freezing rain yesterday as a major winter storm closed in on the eastern United States, knocking power out to an estimated 200,000 people and counting.
The “strong storm over the Southeast/Southern Appalachians will move northeastward inland from the coast to Southeastern Canada by Tuesday”, the National Weather Service (NWS) said on its website.
“The system will produce rain, thunderstorms, snow, and rain/freezing rain from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Southeast/southern Mid-Atlantic, Sunday,” with more damage predicted for today, it continued.
Drivers were warned of “hazardous road conditions” and major travel headaches from Arkansas all the way up to the northeastern state of Maine.
More than 80mn people fell under the winter weather alerts, US media reported.
About 200,000 customers had already lost power in the southeast, including more than 100,000 in Georgia alone, according to the website PowerOutage.US.
Governor Brian Kemp had declared a state of emergency on Friday, and snowplows were at work before noon to clear the roads.
Virginia and North Carolina have also declared a state of emergency.
The Weather Channel reported that more than a foot of snow had fallen in North Carolina yesterday morning.
Florida was indirectly affected when several tornadoes caused by the winter storm damaged property in the southern state, according to the Weather Channel.
The NWS even reported some snow flurries in Pensacola, Florida, while social media users in usually-mild Atlanta, Georgia also reported seeing snow.
The storm is also predicted to cause some coastal flooding, with the NWS warning that winds could near hurricane force on the Atlantic coast.
The northeastern US had already seen snow chaos in early January, when a storm blanketed the Northeast.
After that storm hundreds of motorists were stuck for more than 24 hours on a major highway linking to the capital Washington.

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