Winter storm hits East Coast

Thousands remain without power Friday after a winter storm moved up the East Coast. Several deaths are being blamed on the storm.

BY HEATHER MOYER | BALTIMORE | December 16, 2005


Thousands remain without power Friday after a winter storm moved up the East Coast. Several deaths are being blamed on the storm.

The slippery conditions caused hundreds of roadway fender benders. In Georgia, an ice storm downed hundreds of trees and left a coating of ice at least a quarter-inch thick on many surfaces. More than 400,000 homes lost power when the ice storm rolled through northern Georgia and the Carolinas Thursday. Officials in both South and North Carolina are calling the storm the worst in years.

Many roadways across the region were closed due to the ice conditions. Icy conditions are being blamed for two deaths in Maryland, where both drivers lost control of their vehicles on busy roads. The storm also dropped up to five inches of snow in some parts of Virginia, West Virginia, and western Maryland - with the mountainous regions receiving more.

The winter storm is now moving through New York and into New England, where it has already dropped several inches of snow. Much of southern New England is under a Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service, while northern New England is under a Winter Storm Warning.

Parts of eastern Canada were also struggling with the rough winter weather. Several deaths are being blamed on the winter storm's effects there.


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