Winter storm kills one, knocks out energy to 310,000 in U.S. Southeast

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(Reuters) – A robust winter storm that struck the U.S. Southeast over the weekend killed a minimum of one motorist, left greater than 310,000 prospects with out energy and compelled the cancellation of lots of of flights on Sunday.

A winter storm warning remained in impact for many of North Carolina, Virginia and southern West Virginia as a minimum of an extra 2 inches (5 cm) of snow and sleet had been anticipated to fall in a single day and into Monday after greater than a foot (30 cm) of snow fell over the weekend.

Authorities reported lots of of spinouts and collisions throughout the area as snow, sleet and freezing rain lined roadways throughout the area on Sunday.

Divers looked for a driver whose 18-wheeler was present in a river in Kinston, North Carolina on Sunday morning, a NBC affiliate in Raleigh reported. WRAL-TV additionally reported {that a} driver was killed exterior of Charlotte when a tree fell on a automobile.

Greater than 310,000 prospects had been with out energy within the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia on Sunday night, reported.

The storm prompted greater than 1,000 flight cancellations at Charlotte/Douglas Worldwide Airport, the sixth-busiest airport within the nation, and different airports throughout the area, based on flight-tracking web site FlightAware.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper stated on Sunday that the state of emergency would stay in impact and that the North Carolina Nationwide Guard had been activated to assist with the response.

The results of the storm may final for days within the state, officers warned.

In North Raleigh, residents woke as much as a number of inches of snow that blanketed roads, vehicles and houses. Many individuals took to Twitter to share pictures of the unusually harsh climate, and the hashtag #Snowmageddon2018 was trending on Twitter on Sunday morning.

In South Carolina, snow gave method to sleet and rain as temperatures hovered round freezing, the South Carolina Emergency Administration Division stated on Twitter.

The storm fashioned earlier this week off the Texas coast and moved east, lashing elements of Arkansas and Tennessee with icy rain.

(Reporting by Maria Caspani and Brendan O’Brien; Modifying by Lisa Shumaker and David Gregorio)

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