Hundreds of Thousands Without Power Amid ‘Crippling’ Winter Storm
The National Weather Service warned that the “crippling” winter storm that has knocked out power, forced school closures, and disrupted road and air travel is expected to hit the Northeast U.S. with heavy snowfall and “treacherous” ice accumulations.
Several governors have declared states of emergency as snow, freezing rain, and ice hit a bulk of the Central, Eastern and Southern U.S. The storm has also spawned tornadoes in Alabama, leaving one person dead.
As of Friday morning, over 131,000 people were without power in Tennessee, 84,000 in Ohio, nearly 29,000 in West Virginia, 31,000 in Pennsylvania, and 53,000 New York.
According to Axios, the governors of Illinois and Texas have issued disaster declarations, the governors of Kentucky and Missouri declared states of emergency, and New York’s governor has directed state agencies to prepare emergency plans.