Winter Storm Diego Pounds North Carolina Virginia (see video below) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents to ‘hunker down’ as Winter Storm Diego approached. More than 1,400 flights were canceled on Sunday. Most of those were at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
As of 9:30 a.m., more than 148,000 customers had no electricity in North Carolina. More than 269,000 customers have lost power in the Southeast.
Nearly 78,000 were in the dark in South Carolina, 26,000 in northeast Georgia, and almost 18,000 in Tennessee.
Gov. Roy Cooper earlier had warned residents that now is “the time to hunker down” and prepare for the worst of Winter Storm Diego, which dumped more than 10 inches of snow on Texas Saturday.
“This is a snowstorm, not a snow fall. It’s serious,” Gov. Cooper said Saturday during a press conference. “In the Piedmont to western parts of our state, we’re preparing for days of impact, not hours.”
Greenville County North Carolina
Close to 30,000 customers are without power in the Greenville County area now, according to to Duke Energy’s live outage tracker.
Hazardous road conditions in Greenville County Sunday morning include downed trees and power lines in multiple locations as well as vehicle collisions and one incidence of flooding, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
American Cruise Lines ship American Constitution sails out of Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The next cruise is Christmas Eve.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday and urged residents to prepare for the possibility of a wintry mix of snow, sleet, ice and rain over parts of western, central and northern Virginia.
“Virginians should take all necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared for winter weather storm impacts,” said Northam. “I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure localities and communities have appropriate assistance and to coordinate state response to possible snow and ice accumulations, transportation issues, and potential power outages.”
Northam noted that he has placed state agencies, including the Virginia Departments of Transportation and Emergency Management, and State Police, on alert.
The National Weather Service said a “prolonged period of snow” began late Saturday and would last until Monday in the region, with the heaviest snow expected in northwest North Carolina and southern Virginia. Forecasters have said some mountain areas of North Carolina could get up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow or more.
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Video: winter storm Diego (LIVE)