State of Emergency: Major Storm Leaves Nearly Half Million without Power

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A state of emergency ahead of a major snowstorm already dumping heavy snow and knocking out power across parts of the South and mid-Atlantic, while severe thunderstorms for North Carolina coast; more weather news.

Massive storm leaves nearly half a million without power

A massive storm stretches from parts of the South to the mid-Atlantic and has already left half a million without power.

New Jersey’s governor Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency for five counties in the southern portion of the state, 6ABC reported.

NWS alerts for the East

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued winter storm warnings for the following areas in the East: Northern Georgia; Eastern Tennessee; Western North Carolina; Eastern Kentucky; Virginia; Southeastern West Virginia; Maryland; Delaware; Washington, D.C.; New Jersey; southeastern Pennsylvania.

Nearly 500,000 without power in South, Southeast, and mid-Atlantic

A combination of a winter storm to the north and thunderstorms to the South have already knocked out power to parts of the Southeast, mid-South and mid-Atlantic.

As of 6:08 AM on Monday, residents were without electricity in North Carolina, 127,642 in Georgia, 89,068 in South Carolina, 64,169 in Tennessee, 24,449 in Virginia, 6338 in Alabama, 4688 in Florida, 2211 in Maryland, 1790 in West Virginia, and 1159 in Kentucky, according to PowerOutage.US. Outages are expected to increase as the storm moves into the mid-Atlantic.

South Carolina has 8th earthquake since December 27

South Carolina experienced a magnitude 2.5 earthquake centered south-southeast of Elgin at 5:49 AM on Monday, January 3, 2022. It is the eighth earthquake since a swarm began on December 27 with a 3.3 magnitude South-Southwest of Elgin, WLTX reported.

Heavy snow for West

On Monday, the National Weather Service forecast heavy snow over parts of the West including Washington, Oregon, northern California, Idaho, and western Montana. Snowfall is also expected over portions of Wyoming, Nevada and Utah.

NWS alerts for the West

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued alerts for the following areas in the West:

Winter storm warning: Washington; Oregon; northern California, northern and central Idaho.

Winter weather advisory: eastern Washington; Idaho; eastern Oregon; northern and north-central California; northern Nevada; western and central Montana; western Wyoming.

Record snowfall in West

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab logged December 2021’s total at 214 inches (5.44m) – the highest ever recorded, while Yosemite registered 171 inches, electroverse reported.