Storm pun­ishes Mid­west with snow, ice, freez­ing rain

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

GE­OR­GIA (AP) — A win­ter storm that con­trib­uted to at least five deaths in the Mid­west pum­meled the mid-At­lantic re­gion for a sec­ond day Sun­day, bring­ing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, can­celed flights and con­trib­uted to hun­dreds of car ac­ci­dents.

Vir­ginia State Po­lice said the driver of a mil­i­tary sur­plus ve­hi­cle was killed late Satur­day af­ter he lost con­trol on In­ter­state 81 be­cause of slick road con­di­tions.

Po­lice said Ron­ald Har­ris, 73, of Gainesville, Ge­or­gia, died af­ter his ve­hi­cle was struck by two trac­tor-trail­ers. The two trac­tor­trailer driv­ers were taken to a hospi­tal for in­juries that were not life-threat­en­ing. The state med­i­cal ex­am­iner de­ter­mined Sun­day that Har­ris’ death was storm-re­lated, po­lice said.

Vir­ginia State Po­lice said they re­sponded to more than 300 traf­fic crashes and helped nearly 200 dis­abled ve­hi­cles in Vir­ginia from mid­night to late Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The storm knocked out power to nearly 200,000 peo­ple in Vir­ginia and North Carolina at its height Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Pow­erOu­tage.us.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper de­clared a state of emer­gency Sun­day to help util­ity crews re­store elec­tric­ity more quickly af­ter power lines fell be­cause of freez­ing rain, ice and top­pled trees. The state’s west­ern moun­tains and foothills were hard­est-hit along with the west­ern Pied­mont re­gion and nearly 1,000 state trans­porta­tion work­ers were called out to clear ice and snow.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­ported nearly a half-inch of ice in some sec­tions of west­ern North Carolina, lead­ing to fallen trees and power lines, but other ar­eas of the state got mostly a cold rain or freez­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion.

Mean­while, the storm caused headaches for travelers into and out of air­ports in the re­gion, in­clud­ing more than 250 flight can­ce­la­tions Sun­day.

For air travelers, the Dullest air­port author­ity sub­se­quently tweeted tips for fly­ing on a snow day, in­clud­ing fre­quently check­ing for air­line flight changes and pack­ing “pa­tience, a good dose of snow hu­mor & a packet of hot choco­late.”

REUTERS

Snow from Win­ter Storm Gia falls over the White House as the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down be­comes the long­est in US his­tory in Washington on Sun­day.

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