A strong winter storm racing over the eastern half of the US has taken at least eight lives and caused power outage for tens of thousands of people.
A fierce mix of rain, snow and ice that first hit the Midwest disrupted life from the south to the northeast on Thursday. It triggered school closures, long delays for commuters, and hundreds of flight cancellations, reports CNN.
This early-season winter storm will bring more snow, sleet, and freezing rain in the Central Appalachians through the Northeast on Friday. Heavy snowfall is expected Friday in the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. In portions of Pennsylvania and New England, residents could see snowfall of 6 to 12 inches, the National Weather Service said.
More than 389,000 customers were without power Friday morning in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, according to Poweroutage.us.
The wintry weather contributed to traffic crashes that killed eight people in several states, authorities said.
A 60-year-old woman died Thursday in Miami County, Indiana, after she lost control of her vehicle while driving in slick road conditions and crashed, the state's police said in a statement.
One person was also killed Thursday in Canton, Ohio, and another person in Maryland, police said.
Six more death were reported from elsewhere.