A major winter storm that’s spawned tornadoes while pummeling the Southern U.S. began lashing the Northeast on Sunday, causing widespread power outages.
The big picture: Heavy snow and ice accumulations are “likely to produce hazardous travel,” downed trees and more power outages from the Mid-South to the Northeast, per the National Weather Service. Some parts of the U.S. can expect to see up to a foot of snow through Monday.
Here is a large-scale satellite view of the powerful storm system impacting the eastern US (the same one which resulted in the storms earlier over South Florida).
For those of you (fellow) weather nerds this is a fairly textbook mid-latitude cyclone presentation.
— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) January 16, 2022
- Tens of thousands of customers were without power on Sunday due to the wintry storm, which spawned two tornadoes in southwest Florida in the morning.
- An EF-2 tornado with maximum winds of 118 near Fort Myers, Lee County, caused widespread power outages and at least three injuries, per the NWS. An EF-1 tornado with winds of 110 mph was struck near Placida, Charlotte County.
By the numbers: On Sunday night, more than 50,000 customers were without power in North Carolina and another 45,000-plus had no electricity in South Carolina on Sunday night, according to poweroutage.us.
- Other states with widespread power outages were Georgia (over 26,000), Virginia (more than 14,000) and Florida (10,000-plus), per the utility tracking site.
Threat level: “Heaviest snow is expected along and just west of the Appalachians, and the most damaging icing is likely across parts of North Carolina,” the NWS said.
- “Thunderstorms may produce damaging winds and tornadoes in Florida and the eastern Carolinas. Strong winds and coastal flooding are also expected.
In photos: Scenes from monster storm
Droolin’ Dog sniffed out this story and shared it with you.
The Article Was Written/Published By: Rebecca Falconer