Millions Hunker Down As Storm Hits Eastern US
Muhammad Irfan Published January 17, 2022 | 08:30 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Jan, 2022 ) :Millions of Americans hunkered down Sunday as a major winter storm hit the eastern United States with heavy snow and ice, knocking power out to an estimated 235,000 people and counting.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said the storm was bringing a miserable combination of heavy snows, freezing rain and high winds, impacting the southeast and coastal mid-Atlantic before moving up to New England and southern Canada.
Traffic has already been seriously disrupted, with thousands of flights canceled and a portion of busy interstate highway I-95 closed in North Carolina.
"Arctic air already in place across the central and eastern US will work in concert with this dynamic system to deliver a wide swath of more than a foot (30 centimeters) of heavy snow northward across the upper Ohio Valley through the lower Great Lakes," the NWS said.
Some 2,900 flights within, into or out of the US were canceled by mid-afternoon Sunday, according to the FlightAware website, and a further 2,400 were delayed.
About 235,000 customers had already lost power in the southeast, including more than 150,000 in the Carolinas, according to the website PowerOutage.US.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp had declared a state of emergency on Friday, and snowplows were at work before noon to clear the roads.
The storm is expected to cause some coastal flooding, and the NWS warned that winds could near hurricane force on the Atlantic coast.