Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Without Power After Snow Storm

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A violent snowstorm on the east coast of the United States caused a huge power outage and major traffic disruption on Monday.

 

In the states of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, a total of about 660,000 households are without power. It can be expected to take days to restore power in some areas.

In Virginia, 37 centimetres of snow fell and more than 39 centimetres in Maryland. Also, in the state of Tennessee (almost 23 centimetres), a large amount fell.

More than 20 centimetres of snow fell in the American capital Washington within a few hours. The federal government had already called on civil servants and other employees on Sunday not to come to work on Monday. As a result, the roads in the city were virtually empty. After the Christmas holidays, the reopening of dozens of schools has been postponed to Thursday.

US President Joe Biden was also affected by the snowstorm. He was delayed in returning from his home state of Delaware on the government plane. The plane had to wait half an hour before it could land at a military airport. According to accompanying journalists, the car ride to the White House was also slow because of the snow.

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