Winter storm slams South, kills 4 across US

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The Southeastern United States got hit with a powerful winter storm on Saturday, resulting in power outages, road closures, and perilous driving conditions throughout the region. At least four people have died due to winter-related causes.

The National Weather Service said 19 states were under winter storm watches, warnings, or advisories. "Widespread snow continues to impact portions of the Carolinas and the eastern mid-Atlantic," the NWS wrote. "Widespread winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect from northern Georgia...through much of the southern mid-Atlantic...and also the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts." By early Saturday, snowfall had reached the New Jersey shore and the Atlantic coast, while parts of the West also got slammed.

Related: 10 of the biggest snowstorms in history

10 of the biggest snowstorms in history
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10 of the biggest snowstorms in history

10. The Blizzard of 1888

This storm was so massive it became a historical event and caused over 400 deaths. This view made during the blizzard of shows New Yorkers hiking across the bridge after being forced to leave their train when it stalled as a result of the heavy snow on March 12-14. Winds reached up to 60 miles per hour, creating drifts as high as fifty feet.

(AP Photo/Arthur H. Fisher)

9. 1993's Storm of the Century

The Storm of the Century in 1993 spread more snow across an area than any other in recorded history all the way from Canada to Alabama. 270 people were killed.

In this photo, Janelle Jarous climbs a mound of packed snow in Larchmont, N.Y. on March 14, 1993 to get at a hard to reach spot on the roof of her car as she digs her car out after a storm that covered the Northeast with snow and ice. Over a foot of snow and heavy winds made the for one of the worst winter storms of the century.

(AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

8. New York Blizzard of 2006

The New York Blizzard of 2006 dumped 26.9 inches of snow on the city. 

In this photo, Brooklyn resident Nick Imelio shovels snow after more than a foot of snow fell during the winter's first major snowstorm to strike the Northeast, on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, in New York.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

7. 2008 Blizzard in Tibet

Journeying outside of the Unites States, Tibet got a surprise storm that lasted 36 hours and dropped upwards of five feet of snow causing buildings to collapse and at least seven deaths

(Photo credit: Getty)

6. 1959 storm on Mount Shasta

Number six is the storm on Mount Shasta in California in 1959 which unloaded 189 inches of snow on the locals and is considered the largest snowfall from a single storm in North America according to NOAA.

(Photo by Frederic Lewis/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

5. Blizzard of 1971

Next is the Eastern Canadian Blizzard of 1971. It is said the event closed down the Montreal Forum, canceling a Montreal Canadiens hockey game, something that hasn't occurred since the flu epidemic of 1918.

(Photo by Dave Norris/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

4. New England Blizzard of 1978

At number four is the New England Blizzard of 1978. Stalling over New England, this storm struck during the day, dropping over 27 inches of snow and stranding many at schools, businesses and others in their cars.

(Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

3. The Great Snow of 1717

Then there was the Great Snow of 1717 over the New England Area. With five feet of snow already on the ground, around four more fell on top of that creating drifts as tall as 25 feet, burying entire houses.

(Photo via Getty Images)

2. Buffalo Blizzard of 1977

The second worst snowstorm is the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977. This event left many stranded in the freezing cold and solidified Buffalo's reputation as the blizzard capital of the United States.

(AP Photo)

1. Blizzard of 1967

But the storm to top them all is the Blizzard of 1967. Laying waste to the Midwest, this storm took 76 lives, set the record snowfall for Chicago with 23 inches and was preceded by a severe tornado outbreak with temperatures in the 60's.

(Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images)


The storm has already caused serious damage across the South. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency over the weather conditions, while Georgia Power said on its website that more than 10,000 customers across the Atlanta metro area had already lost electricity by early Saturday. Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, said that there were at least 260 traffic accidents in his state due to the storm. According to the Weather Channel, the storm has claimed four lives in Oregon, Kentucky, Georgia, and Maine.

"This is a very serious weather event," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Friday, as quoted by CNN. "My only concern is that I don't think people have an appreciation for the gravity of it. This is a very, very significant storm."

People also rushed to supermarkets and stores to stock up on essential groceries and other items ahead of the storm. For example, Lauren Rathbone, the manager of a hardware store in Durham, North Carolina, told NBC News that she estimated her store sold almost seven tons of ice melt along with hundreds of shovels.

Some took to social media to mock the hysteria:

Because of a snow flurry...really? #atlantacrazy #atl #atlanta #lol #kroger #milk #eggs #bread #snowpocalypse

A photo posted by Alex Preston (@alexprestonatl) on

Additionally, more than 50 flights were canceled at New York's JFK Airport and Newark Airport on Saturday. Delta has canceled about 175 flights, mostly from its hub in Atlanta "where an inch of ice accumulated at the airport."

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