A deadly winter storm gripped the southeastern United States, knocking out power and disrupting early commutes, forecasters said.
‘Unusual’ ice storm
According to local authorities, the weather was blamed for deaths in the region which included three people killed in northern Texas.
“It’s unusual to have an ice storm that far east in the Deep South,” National Weather Service meteorologist Roger Edwards said in a statement.
The storm brought heavy snow, freezing rain, and potentially historic accumulations of ice.
More than 2,700 U.S. flights were cancelled and hundreds more were delayed, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.
State of emergencies
Government officials declared state of emergencies and were quick to create plans to deal with the impact of the storm, which left more than 11,000 students in Alabama to spend the night in schools.
About 59,000 Georgia Power customers were without power, with nearly 8 inches of snow expected.
In the path of the storm, some road accidents were reported, but there were no fatalities.