Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport
A powerful winter storm swept across the U.S. over the past couple of days, causing death and destruction in multiple states. At least 13 people lost their lives as severe weather, high winds, and flooding hit the South and Midwest. At the same time, winter-weary Northeast and Midwest residents were digging out from heavy snowfall. Thousands of businesses closed, flights were canceled, and more than 1.2 million customers — or approximately 3 million people, were left without power.
- The latest NWS forecast warns of hazardous road conditions due to snow and ice, as well as an elevated risk of fire in the Southern High Plains. Coastal rain and higher-elevation snow are expected in California and the Pacific Northwest, while multiple low-pressure areas will move across the U.S. through Tuesday.
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Three people in Alabama, two in Tennessee, and one each in Mississippi, Arkansas, and California lost their lives due to the storm, while five weather-related deaths were reported in Kentucky.
Heavy snowfall in the Northeast and upper Midwest caused travel disruption, with hundreds of businesses closed and many flights canceled. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of possible coastal flooding in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with some areas of New Hampshire and Maine forecast to see as much as 45 cm (18 inches) of snow, accompanied by strong winds that could cause power outages. Utility customers in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan were still without power as of Saturday afternoon, March 4, 2023.
In the upper Midwest, Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport was briefly closed due to heavy snowfall, while some areas experienced blizzard conditions with snowfall approaching 7.6 cm (3 inches) per hour. The storm knocked out power to more than 130 000 customers in Michigan, causing further misery for residents who had already been without electricity for up to seven days due to ice storms the previous week.
Meanwhile, residents of California were also hit by the storm earlier in the week, with some stranded in their homes due to up to 3 m (10 feet) of snow.