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US News: United States: a "major" winter storm strikes the east of the country

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d Es Millions of Americans have been sheltered on Sunday, January 16th while a "major winter storm According to the meteorological services, struck the east of the United States with its batch of snow and ice, causing power outages about at least 235,000 people. The biggest of the storm should take place in the evening.

"A major winter storm will hit the eastern United States between Sunday and Monday," warned the National Weather Service (NWS), indicating that up to 30 centimeters of snow could cover an area from Tennessee and the Georgia , in the southeast, Vermont and New York State, in the Northeast, accompanied by strong winds and overflowing rain. The winds could wait for the strength of a hurricane on the Atlantic coast, still warned the NWS.

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Transport has already been severely disturbed. Thousands of flights have been canceled and part of the I95 inter-states highway closed in North Carolina. Motorists have been warned of "hazardous road conditions" and large congestion of Arkansas (south) until Maine (Northeast). "The arctic air already in place in the center and the eastern United States will combine with this dynamic system to create a thick layer of more than 30 centimeters of snow," according to the NWS.

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Florida (South-East), more accustomed to a time Clement even at this time of year, has been indirectly affected When several tornadoes accompanied by snow, provoked by this winter storm have made material damage and caused coastal floods on Sunday, according to the Weather Channel. From North and South Carolina, going up the appalaches, ice and wind gusts complicate the situation. The Winter Weather Alert concerns more than 80 million people, according to the US media.

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Some 2,900 domestic or international flights were canceled Sunday in the middle of the afternoon, according to the Flighttaware website, and about 2,400 were delayed. About 235,000 people no longer had electricity in the southeast, including more than 150,000 in Carolins, according to the site. In Georgia, another one among the most affected, Governor Brian Kemp had declared the state of emergency on Friday, and snow plows were at work before noon to clear the roads. Atlanta, with a mild climate, has seen snow fall.

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Virginia and North Carolina also declared the state of emergency. More than 30 cm of snow fell on this last state, depending on the weather chain. Northeast of the United States had already been snowed in early January, covered with a white coat up to 30 cm thick. Hundreds of motorists remained blocked nearly 20 hours on a major axis connecting the Washington capital. The storm should reach the east of the Canada Tuesday, estimates the NWS.

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