- Charlotte, Atlanta and all other airports affected are advised to cancel flights.
- Airlines waive change fees
- More than 250,000 homes, and more than 250,000 businesses, are still without power.
Reports of hundreds of thousands in power outages are being made, with flights delayed or canceled at multiple airports. Road conditions are also worsening across the South as winter storms rip through.
The Weather Channel named the storm Winter Storm Izzy. It is causing snow, ice and wind to rage across several states.
(MORE: The latest forecast for Winter Storm Izzy)
Here’s a look at the latest:
I-95: A portion of it is closed
Because of downed power cables, Interstate 95 is closed in both directions just before mile marker 30, Robeson County North Carolina. The highway was shut down at approximately 9:30 AM.
It’s expected that it will remain closed until around 2 p.m. according to Katie Webster, a state emergency manager official. Webster said that road conditions were getting worse.
“We’re really starting to see those two hazards – snow and ice,” she said.
Cold Weather Shelters and Warming Centers Open
Many cities have created places where people can keep warm.
Metro Social Services in Nashville is offering an extreme cold weather shelter from 7 a.m. Monday to 3230 Brick Church Pike. It’s open for anyone, even those with pets.
The Hal Marshall Service Center, 700 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, has a warming centre. It is scheduled to open until noon on Wednesday. It does not offer overnight accommodation or beds, but shelters can be found at other locations.
If you are in dire need of warmth, please contact your local emergency management agency or the social services.
Many Thousands of People Expected to Lose Their Power in Carolinas
Duke Energy estimates that up to 750,000 customers in North Carolina or South Carolina could lose electricity as Winter Storm Izzy moves through. The company warns these outages could go on for several days.
Around 10,000 workers have been assembled to respond, including crews from Texas and Oklahoma, Florida, Kentucky and Ohio.
North Carolina – Snow and Ice Covering Roads
North Carolina drivers are being asked to stay off the roads as snow and ice are covering roads throughout the state.
Transylvania County had closed a portion US 276 as of 10 a.m. ET.
Motorists are advised to check DriveNC for the most recent conditions.
Georgia Roads – More than 1.5 Million Gallons of Brine Spread
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, more than 600 workers worked overnight to treat interstates and state roads. More than 1.5 million gallons and 2,600 tons salt were spread as of this morning. Another 80,000 gallons are scheduled to be sent out today.
Officials warned that operations could be halted depending on weather conditions.
A Sunday morning update stated that winds gusting up to 50 mph continue to pose a threat to emergency personnel and the public. “Georgia DOT emergency crews will be closely monitoring the wind conditions for impacts to trees and power lines and urges the public to stay off the roads – for motorists’ own safety as well as that of first responders and essential work crews. Extremely high winds can pose a danger to worker safety and public safety, so some operations may be halted until safe conditions are restored.
Georgia 511 should be monitored by drivers for road conditions.
(MORE: Izzy Maps Tracker)
Power outages in the South are on the rise
According to poweroutage.us., Sunday morning saw 250,000 homes without power and 250,000 businesses without power in the South. With more than 100,000 outages in Georgia, South Carolina had more that 50,000 customers without power. More than 38,000 homes and businesses in Florida lost power due to stormy conditions.
Winds gusting to 50mph are still a danger to emergency workers and the general public. Georgia DOT emergency crews will be closely monitoring the wind conditions for impacts to trees and power lines and urges the public to stay off the roads – for motorists’ own safety as well as that of first responders and essential work crews. Extremely strong winds can pose danger to worker safety and public safety. Some operations may need to be stopped until safe conditions return.
Hundreds of Flights Cancelled
According to FlightAware, more than 2,500 flights from and to the United States were cancelled Sunday morning. More than half were from Charlotte and Atlanta.
American, Delta and Southwest airlines, JetBlue, JetBlue, Spirit, and Spirit airlines issued travel advisories. They waived change fees at these and many other airports in Izzy’s path.
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