US storm kills 2, cancels flights, leaves thousands without power

Washington, Jan 17 (EFE).- A winter storm that affected the southern United States over the weekend and advanced through the northeast Monday, has left thousands of people without electricity and numerous canceled flights, as well as at least two deaths.

The storm continued north and left intense snow in areas of the northeastern US, the Central Appalachians and the lower part of the great lakes (Ontario, Huron and Erie.)

The forecast from the US Weather Service said the storm will move Tuesday into southeastern Canada.

As it passed through the southern and northeastern US, it left thousands of people without power, and about 100,000 were still without electricity Monday night, according to data from the website

In North Carolina, 31,362 users remained without power Monday and more than 7,000 still did not have it at night; while in South Carolina, 30,171 also woke up without electricity; 24,146 in Georgia; and 24,089 in West Virginia.

North Carolina authorities reported that two people, both 4, died in an accident in the state when visibility conditions were poor due to the storm.

More than 1,700 flights were canceled Monday at different US airports and 3,451 suffered delays, according to the website.

The most impacted airport was Charlotte, North Carolina, with 223 cancellations, followed by Reagan National, in Washington DC, with 94, and Newark Liberty, in New Jersey, with 72.

Likewise, railway company Amtrak canceled several trains in the northeast, such as the one that connects the US capital with New York or the one that operates between Richmond (Virginia) with Boston. EFE


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