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Winter storms stop US and Canadian drivers and put planes on the ground

A blizzard blanket struck North America, canceling thousands of flights and cutting off power to about 120,000 homes and businesses.

The storm caused a harmful tornado in Florida, but ice conditions and strong winds raised concerns as it passed through the Carolinas and Appalachian Mountains. (Reuters)

A large winter storm covered the North American belt with snow, which cut through the east coast of the United States into Canada, disrupting travel and reducing power to thousands of homes.

According to the website PowerOutage.us, at 4:45 pm EST (2145 GMT) on Monday, approximately 120,000 American customers lost power in the Mid-Atlantic Coast of West Virginia and North Carolina and South Carolina. It was most concentrated in the southeastern part. And Georgia.

According to FlightAware, the flight tracking website, more than 1,600 flights in the United States and abroad were canceled by mid-Mid Monday afternoon, in addition to 3,000 the day before.

According to the Government of Canada website, most of Canada’s Quebec and Ontario remained warned of winter storms or snowstorms.

“Historical storm”

Up to 2 feet (60 cm) of snow was expected in Toronto. “The historic storm of the city,” tweeted Anthony Farnell, chief meteorologist on Canadian television channel Global News.

Many schools were closed and school buses were not operating in Quebec and southern Ontario (including the Toronto area). The students were scheduled to return to classrooms in both states on Monday after the vacation.

Most schools and many businesses were already closed because Monday was a national holiday in the United States, but many people usually take advantage of the opportunity to travel on long weekends.

“Significant impact”

The National Weather Service (NWS) previously predicted that the storm would “slowly weaken today,” but said it would continue to snow until evening in northern New York and New England.

In Ashtabula, Ohio, the heaviest snowfall of 2 feet 2.5 inches was recorded, officials said.

“The significant effects of snow, ice, wind and coastal floods will be widespread,” the NWS said in a tweet.

The storm caused a harmful tornado in Florida, but ice conditions and strong winds raised concerns as it passed through the Carolinas and Appalachian Mountains.

Strong winds knocked down trees, causing coastal floods, and a 12-foot storm surge was reported in Boston.

From Arkansas in the southern United States to Quebec, Canada, transportation was severely interrupted after drivers were warned of dangerous road conditions and major travel headaches.

In North Carolina, part of the busy interstate highway I-95 has been closed.

In Toronto, police tweeted that they had closed two sections of the freeway due to extreme weather and asked the driver to stay home “unless absolutely necessary.”

Urgent notice

“We see many cars having to stop the windshield and de-icing,” the Quebec Department of Transportation said in a tweet Monday morning.

“Heavy precipitation and gusts form ice despite wipers-especially why we are at home!”

US officials have also discouraged driving, and many states have pre-deployed teams to deal with emergencies, especially in the South, where snow is less common.

The northeastern United States has already experienced a snow turmoil earlier this month. When the storm covered the northeast, hundreds of drivers were stuck on I-95, the main highway leading to the capital, Washington, for more than 24 hours.

Source: AFP

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