USA: At the mercy of winter storm the eastern part of the USA

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The eastern United States and Canada are currently at the mercy of a winter storm, with heavy snowfall causing extensive power outages and a snowstorm in some parts of Canada.

More than 215,000 American households were in the dark at 5pm Greek time, according to poweroutage.us, mainly in the southeastern United States, including 30,300 households in South Carolina and 29,200 in North Carolina.

In Canada, areas in the Quebec and Ontario provinces have been alerted to a blizzard, such as Toronto, the country’s largest city, and Ottawa, the capital, according to the Canadian government’s weather website.

In neighboring US, “the severe winter storm that swept across the eastern part of the country will gradually weaken today,” the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a tweet this morning.

“However, significant impacts due to snow, frost, winds and coastal floods will persist over a large area,” NWS continued.

The winter storm remains in effect in 11 states, from Georgia in the southeastern part of the country to Maine in the northeastern United States.

57 cm of snow in Ohio

Heavy snowfall is still expected today in the northern part of New York State and at high altitudes in the New England area (northeast).

At 17.00 Greek time today, more than 57 cm of snow had fallen in Harpersfield, Ohio, according to NWS.

“A strong blizzard from the northeastern part will move to the southeastern part of Canada by tomorrow morning,” the US Meteorological Agency said in a statement.

It is expected that the new drop in mercury will result in frost covering the roads, creating dangerous conditions for drivers.

More than 300 car crashes occurred in North Carolina yesterday, according to the state’s Highway Police in the southeastern part of the country cited by the USA Today newspaper.

For its part, the Toronto police announced in a tweet that they stopped the traffic on two highways of the city today, “due to the extreme weather conditions and in the direction of the safety of the drivers”.

At the same time, more than 2,200 domestic and international flights were canceled or delayed in the US today, according to FlightAware.

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