As mid-February approaches, the winter storms continue for a rough winter season. A powerful storm system raging through the Northeast region has left almost 300,000 customers without power. A state of emergency was declared in several states, and more than 3,600 flights were cancelled.
On Wednesday, the storm swept through Alabama, Georgia, and then up to North Carolina and South Carolina. It’s now heading toward the Virginia and Washington area.
A recent snow storm in Atlanta had many residents better prepared for the weather this time around. The previous storm caused massive traffic jams and thousands of vehicles were left on the roads. On Wednesday, schools were closed and workers stayed home.
“It’s certainly one of the most aggressive — if not the most aggressive — flight cancellation that we’ve seen” said Atlanta airport spokesman Reese McCranie.
Schools in Atlanta are expected to be closed until Friday.
“The message I really want to share is, as of midnight tonight, wherever you are, you need to plan on staying there for a while,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday night.
But it wasn’t enough of a warning for residents in Charlotte and Raleigh. Motorists were also stranded on roadways and cars were abandoned on the roads.
Raleigh’s News and Observer reported that police and emergency crews couldn’t keep up with multiple accidents on the roadways.
“We saw so many people … cars piled up and left on the side of the road, and wrecks,” said Christina Martinson, who was stuck with her husband and son for hours in Durham.
More snow is expected in the Northeast throughout the week.