Killer Winter Storm Barrels Toward Mid-Atlantic States

The National Weather Service is warning residents of the Mid-Atlantic States that a winter storm that has already caused the deaths of three people in the South arrives there on Wednesday. The coming storm is expected to deposit heavy snowfall in some states, damaging rainfall in others and weather conditions conducive to the development of destructive tornados.

According to the Weather Channel, the storm which has already wrecked havoc in the midwest and the southern US is bringing the likely possibility of wind gusts which may cause damage to power lines and electricity outages. The outer banks of North and South Carolina were also expected to be affected by at least damaging winds and could see some tornado activity.

“Blizzard warnings stretch for 730 continuous miles due to Winter Storm Euclid,” said Tom Niziol, a winter storm expert from The Weather Channel.

The Christian Post reports, winter storm Euclid has caused an 750 flight delays on Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning, about 50 more flights were canceled, said Cynthia Vega, media relations manager at the airport.

“We’re hoping to get passengers back on track,” Vega said. “It’s probably going to be a little hectic at the airport.” (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Additional reporting by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Gunna Dickson)

Severe storm warnings have been issued for a wide swath up the eastern seaboard, all the way through New York State and into Maine. The coming storm has already affected air travel, with more than 300 flights cancelled in and out of major east coast hubs.

The severe storms Wednesday are “capable of producing more widespread damaging gusts and have the potential for tornadoes,” said the National Weather Service.

“The storm prediction center acknowledges this threat with a moderate risk of severe weather along the coastal Carolinas which includes the outer banks. Of course damaging winds are also expected as a squall line will likely develop,” the center added.

According to the Huffington Post, two weather related deaths have already been reported. A Texas man died after an accident involving a toppled tree in the road, and another fatality was reported on I-44 in Oklahoma, according to local authorities.