Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

U.S. snowstorm kills one in North Carolina

U.S. snowstorm kills one in North Carolina

More than 1,000 Sunday flights into and out of North Carolina's Charlotte Douglas International Airport have been canceled, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

American Airlines also issued a travel alert for nine airports throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia, meaning passengers may be able to change travel plans without a fee.

More than 300,000 power outages have been reported across the region with the majority of those - about 180,000 - in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us. Before the storm even arrived, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties.

A winter storm has slammed the southern USA with snow and some deadly, icy conditions that have made it unsafe to get around. 2 to 4 inches of snow, followed by up to a quarter inch of ice is possible. "Don't be fooled, this storm is treacherous".

Residents walked instead of driving cars and children enjoyed another day of building snowmen with school canceled Monday after a wintry storm dropped snow, sleet or freezing rain across five southern states. Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice.

Virginia State Police responded to 120 auto crashes on Sunday due to the snow, even though police in Prince George County had urged drivers to stay off the road.

Several hundred miles east, in Kinston, divers were searching for another driver, whose tractor-trailer apparently crashed into the Neuse River. Most were in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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"Stay put if you can", he said.

Cooper said while the worst of the storm has passed North Carolina, "we need to stay vigilant".

One weather-related death was reported in North Carolina as a result of the snowstorm.

It was expected to be 11 a.m. Monday before Winter Storm Warnings were lifted through Greenbrier, Mercer, Summers and Monroe counties.

Virginia State Police reported almost 60 crashes in Virginia because of the snow, with most crashes in the agency's Richmond division.

While the core of the storm will more offshore into Monday, officials caution that the impacts may linger for days as crews work to clean up in its wake. But the weather service says it could be followed by more ice than expected, up to a quarter inch.

The Greenville-Spartanburg area of SC is covered with ice, rendering road conditions especially unsafe. "Please stay off the roads", Greenville County Emergency Management pleaded.

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