Large tornado forms near Naples, Florida as powerful storm system moves across states
A major winter storm brought heavy snow and damaging ice to the southeastern US, knocking out power for thousands of homes and forcing cancellations of hundreds of flights on the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend.
Freezing rain, flooding, downed trees, heavy snowfall and outages are expected to hit the northeast as the storm continues along a track that has impacted millions of Americans.
Winter storm Izzy 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.
The storm also saw a large tornado near Naples, 佛罗里达, which overturned a semi-trailer truck on Interstate 75, according to the National Weather Service (国家气象局).
Florida’s Lee County reported at least 27 buildings were destroyed in the storm, 包括 24 with major damage and 14 with minor damage.
Several governors declared states of emergency in anticipation of dangerous conditions over the weekend, including ice accumulating on roads and highways.
北卡罗来纳 Highway Patrol recorded 200 reports of crashes related to the storm as officials urged people to stay off roads.
“For today, the best way to avoid a car accident or getting stranded is to stay put,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said during a briefing on Sunday.
More than an inch of snow fell per hour in some southern states, according to the NWS Storm Prediction Center. 取决于 12 inches of snow fell in parts of western North Carolina.
几乎 110,000 power outages were reported in 乔治亚州, 和 90,000 outages were reported in South Carolina, according to PowerOutage.us. 多于 40,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina lost power, according to Governor Cooper.
Hundreds of flights out of Charlotte, North Carolina were canceled on Sunday, and Delta Air Lines nixed 300 flights from its hub in Atlanta.
Forecasters anticipate the system bringing more than a foot of snow to some areas as it moves north, including parts of the Appalachians and upstate 纽约, while northwest Pennsylvania and parts of the Midwest could get up to two feet of snow.
The National Weather Service also predicts up to 60 mph winds on Long Island with coastal flooding across New England into Monday morning.
More than half of all US states issued winter weather advisories over the last week and into Sunday.
Parts of northern North Dakota and western Minnesota saw up to a foot of snow last week. Snow fell at a rate of one inch per hour in Des Moines, 爱荷华州, which accumulated 14 inches – the most the city has seen in more than 50 年, according to The Weather Channel.
The storm system – named after the Canadian province – is the same pattern as an Alberta Clipper, a rapid-fire storm system that generates smaller amounts of snow, generally 1 至 3 英寸, according to Accuweather.