Winter storm latest: Thousands evacuated without electricity

After hitting parts of the south over the weekend, a strong winter storm moved north on Monday, creating heavy snowfall in the Lower Great Lakes, the Central Appalachians and the Northeast. Rain is forecast for the coast of New England.

Early Monday, a winter storm warning was extended from West North Carolina to Maine. According to the National Weather Service.

Areas across Ohio were expected to receive extra inches of snow in the morning. In West Pennsylvania, freezing rain and sleet are expected throughout the night. In the north, in the buffalo region, snow is expected to reach a total of 18 inches, with strong winds of up to 40 miles per hour throughout the day. The Albany region is forecast to experience snow, ice, frost and rain and thunderstorms. Similar humidity conditions are forecast for parts of Connecticut and parts of eastern Massachusetts. Early morning travel was expected to be difficult and impossible in some areas, especially in areas where high winds were forecast to knock down tree branches.

The Meteorological Agency said most parts of New York City, including parts of New Jersey, were under coastal flood warning or warning. Up to four inches of snow and sleet is expected in the interior of New Jersey and Hudson Valley. New York City was forecast to see a light coating of snow and sleet before it turned into a blank slate.

“If you leave early this morning go slowly” The weather service in New York reported. “When the rain subsides, the wind will be faint as our storm system moves north.”

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David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the city often sees rain, but winds of up to 50 miles per hour are more worrying than snow or rain.

Air traffic was also affected by the storm. At 6 a.m., more than 200 flights were canceled from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. According to FlightAware. Dozens of flights departing from Ronald Reagan National Airport were also canceled. With great caution, Amtrak canceled more than a dozen trains Monday, including service between Washington and Chicago and service between Harrisburg, Pa., And New York.

Thousands of people in 11 states have been cut off from electricity due to the storm. As of Monday morning, more than 200,000 customers from Georgia to Massachusetts were without electricity. According to PowerOutage.us, Which integrates data from applications across the United States.

In the south, some governors declared a state of emergency, with areas such as central Mississippi and central North Carolina receiving more than nine inches of snow, while parts of central South Carolina received half an inch of snow, the National Weather Service said.

“This storm will be very significant in terms of travel vulnerabilities, crashes and natural disasters,” said Rich Otto, a meteorologist with the Meteorological Service.

The National Weather Service’s meteorologist Frank Pereira said more than a quarter of an inch of snow had accumulated Sunday in the Piedmont region of North and South Carolina.

At a news conference Sunday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned people to stay off the roads because of snowfall of up to a foot in some parts of the state.

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“Today, the best way to avoid a car accident or accident is to stay that way,” he said.

The meteorological service said the storm system created two hurricanes Sunday morning in southwest Florida. Local officials said there were no reports of casualties.

Three people were treated for minor injuries and extensive damage, including 108 mobile homes, occurred at three parks in the Iona McGregor section of Fort Myers, Fla., Said Richard Root, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa. Local officials said about 200 people had been displaced.

Grace Ashford, Jesus Jimenez, Edward Medina And Christine Chung Contributed report.

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