A major winter storm barreling across the US knocked out power for thousands of homes in the southeast and forced the cancellations of hundreds of flights over the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend.
Dubbed winter storm Izzy by The Weather Channel, the so-called “Saskatchewan Screamer “system – named after the Canadian province – prompted winter advisories in more than half of all US states over the last week.
The National Weather Service anticipates heavy snow, flooding, downed trees and hazardous conditions on roads as storm moves north.
The system brought record-breaking snowfall from Canada into the central US and Midwest as it made its way Southeast before turning north, impacting millions of Americans over the last several days.
Storm impacts ‘will be felt across 20 or more states’
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service predicts heavy snowfall of up to one inch an hour across several states as the winter storm moves north.
South Carolina National Guard deployed to assist with storm response
The South Carolina National Guard has activated 120 service members to support state agencies responding to the winter storm, according to US Army Maj Gen.Van McCarty.
Services members have been helping stuck vehicles on Sunday in the aftermath of high winds and dangerous conditions. Parts of the state remains under winter storm and ice warnings with “significant icing,” according to the National Weather Service.
Storm snarls traffic and forces road closures across eastern US
Officials in several states advised drivers to stay off the road as accidents were reported across the southeast in the storm’s wake.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said it best: “For today, the best way to avoid a car accident or getting stranded is to stay put.”
It appeared that several drivers abandoned cars in South Carolina on Sunday morning:
An accident involved several semi-trailers impacted traffic in Virginia in the afternoon:
Sunday morning tornado in Florida destroys homes in Fort Myers
At least two tornadoes touched down in Florida amid a winter storm that swept the southeast this weekend.
Residents and emergency responders surveyed the damage to several communities near Fort Myers after the storm hit early this morning.
多于 1,000 flights canceled out of airports in storm’s path
多于 2,800 flights within, in and out of United States were canceled on Sunday, according to FlightAware.
Of those cancellations, 多于 1,000 were out of Atlanta, Virginia and North Carolina.
Several domestic airlines issued travel advisories and waived change fees at those airports and dozens of others in the path of the winter storm.
Thousands remain without power as Izzy moves north
Thousands of homes and businesses remain without power as a major winter storm system moves north, bringing heavy winds, snow and ice to the southeast.
As of 4pm EST on Sunday, 几乎 220,000 outages are reported in North and South Carolina, 佛罗里达, Georgia and Tennessee, 根据 PowerOutage.us.
Here’s how the storm impacted power lines in one area in North Carolina on Sunday:
Florida sees at least two tornadoes as storm destroys several homes
Multiple tornado warnings were issued across Florida during the storm on Sunday morning.
A large tornado touched down near Naples, Florida and overturned a semi-trailer truck on Interstate 75. The National Weather Service also confirmed a tornado in Iona in Fort Myers.
Florida’s Lee County also reported at least 27 buildings were destroyed in the storm, 包括 24 with major damage and 14 with minor damage.
Winter storm Izzy: Worst ice and snow of season as ‘Saskatchewan Screamer’ barrels across US
Freezing rain, flooding, downed trees, heavy snowfall and outages are expected to hit the northeast as winter storm Izzy moves north.
The storm is being driven by a powerful “Saskatchewan Screamer” weather system that brought record-breaking snowfall from Canada into the central US and Midwest as it made its way Southeast before turning north.
Large tornado forms near Naples, Florida as powerful storm system moves across states