“Hazardous” conditions alert from Mid-South to Northeast: Tens of thousands without power

A major winter storm was lashing much of the East Coast on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Extremely high wind gusts over 60 miles per hour were recorded in parts of the East cost Monday morning, and more than 129,200 customers from New York to Georgia were still without power, according to estimates from PowerOutage.us.

The big picture: Heavy snow and ice accumulations were “likely to produce hazardous travel,” downed trees and more 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.

  • The wintry storm spawned two tornadoes in southwest Florida Sunday morning — including an EF-2 tornado with maximum winds of 118 near Fort Myers, Lee County, which injured at least three people, per the NWS.

By the numbers: Over 3o,000 customers were without power in South Carolina and another 29,000-plus had no electricity in North Carolina on Monday morning.

  • Other states with widespread power outages were Georgia (over 23,000), Pennsylvania (more than 17,000) and West Virginia (almost 25,000).
  • More than 3,000 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were canceled and over 8,000 others were delayed on Sunday, FlightAware data shows.

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.
Arctic air already in place across the central and eastern U.S. will work in concert with this dynamic system to deliver a wide swath of more than a foot of heavy snow northward across the upper Ohio Valley through the lower Great Lakes, as the storm center is forecast to track up the interior section of the East Coast through Monday.
“Closer to the track of the storm center, snow that initially falls is expected to change over to a period of sleet and/or freezing rain before changing over to plain rain across interior Mid-Atlantic and up through the lower elevations of New England.”

Meanwhile, weather agency Environment Canada warned 8-16 inches of snow could fall on Monday morning over parts of southern and eastern Ontario, near the border with the U.S.

In photos: Scenes from monster storm

The U.S. Capitol dome during a snowstorm on Jan. 16. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

The scene on Main St. in Greenville, South Carolina, on Jan. 16. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

An Amtrak train engine moves along tracks in the train yard at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Scenes from Charlotte, where the wintry conditions were still fun for some on Jan. 16. Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with details of flight cancellations, power outages and Canada’s forecast.

Source: https://www.axios.com/winter-storm-us-east-coast-power-outages-84d88484-3b7d-4c7c-86a0-a84a91b25e53.html
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