Deadly storm in Mid­west moves east, knock­ing out power to 200,000 in wake

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Canada & World - SAN­DRA E. GAR­CIA

A win­ter storm that slammed some parts of the Mid­west and that of­fi­cials say con­trib­uted to the deaths of at least nine peo­ple was mov­ing east Sun­day, leav­ing dis­rup­tions to travel and elec­tric power in its wake.

Much of the snow was wind­ing down in the Mid­west, Dan Py­dynowski, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with Ac­cuWeather, said. “There is still some light lin­ger­ing snow around St. Louis and parts of cen­tral Illi­nois,” he said, adding that it was ex­pected to stop by late Sun­day evening.

But as the Mid­west dug it­self out, the storm was con­tin­u­ing east Sun­day. The sys­tem de­liv­ered snow to Bal­ti­more; Wash­ing­ton; Delaware; parts of New Jer­sey; and the moun­tains in Vir­ginia. Py­dynowski said the snow would con­tinue across south­ern New Jer­sey un­til very early Mon­day morn­ing be­fore end­ing.

As of early Sun­day af­ter­noon, O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Chicago re­ported 35 de­layed flights and four can­cel­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to the flight track­ing web­site In Wash­ing­ton, the Ron­ald Rea­gan Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Air­port re­ported 53 de­layed flights and 70 can­cel­la­tions.

The storm also caused power fail­ures, with more than 45,000 cus­tomers in Mis­souri and more than 24,000 in Kansas re­ported with­out power, ac­cord­ing to the track­ing site Pow­erOu­ In Vir­ginia, more than 33,000 cus­tomers had lost power. As of early Sun­day af­ter­noon, more than 100,000 cus­tomers were with­out power in North Carolina.

The storm cre­ated win­try con­di­tions that led to the deaths of at least nine peo­ple, in­clud­ing a state trooper in Illi­nois, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. Mis­souri got up to 17 inches of snow in the cen­tral part of the state, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gists ex­pect the storm to die down by early Mon­day morn­ing, but not be­fore leav­ing 2 to 4 inches of snow in parts of At­lantic City.

“Most places have seen the worst of it,” Py­dynowski said. “By the time most peo­ple are wak­ing up on Mon­day morn­ing, it will be done.”


Kite board­ers ride out the storm in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Sun­day.

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