(Reuters) – A strong winter storm that hit the U.S. Southeast over the weekend knocked out energy for greater than 380,000 prospects and compelled the cancellation of lots of of flights on Sunday.
Heavy snowfall blankets the road in Beech Mountain, North Carolina, U.S. December 9, 2018 on this nonetheless picture taken from a social media video. CAMERON/through REUTERS
Authorities urged residents to remain off the roads as snow, sleet, and freezing rain had been anticipated to proceed by means of Sunday evening and into Monday morning, the Nationwide Climate Service stated.
The company reported between 4 and 12 inches (10 to 30 cm) of snow in some areas and warned about persevering with snowfalls which might convey as a lot as a foot and a half (46 cm) from western and northern North Carolina to southwest Virginia.
Greater than 380,000 prospects had been with out energy within the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia on Sunday afternoon, Poweroutage.us reported.
The storm prompted greater than 1,000 flight cancellations at Charlotte/Douglas Worldwide Airport, the sixth-busiest airport within the nation, and different airports throughout the area, in accordance with flight-tracking web site FlightAware.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper stated on Sunday that the state of emergency would stay in impact and that the North Carolina Nationwide Guard had been activated to assist with the response.
The results of the storm might final for days within the state, officers warned.
In North Raleigh, residents woke as much as a number of inches of snow that blanketed roads, vehicles and houses. Many individuals took to Twitter to share pictures of the unusually harsh climate, and the hashtag #Snowmageddon2018 was trending on Twitter on Sunday morning.
In South Carolina, snow gave option to sleet and rain as temperatures hovered round freezing, the South Carolina Emergency Administration Division stated on Twitter.
The storm shaped earlier this week off the Texas coast and moved east, lashing elements of Arkansas and Tennessee with icy rain.
Reporting by Maria Caspani and Brendan O’Brien; Enhancing by Lisa Shumaker and David Gregorio