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Diego Bears Down on Southeast

Hundreds of flights canceled, thousands without power; NC particularly hard-hit
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2018 9:11 AM CST
A pickup truck passes a snow-plastered "SOUTH" sign on largely deserted US 1 in Raleigh, NC, in this January 2018 file photo.   (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

(Newser) – North Carolina is hunkering down for another big storm, and more than 100,000 of its residents are without power and hundreds of flights have been canceled as Winter Storm Diego rolled through on Sunday, reports CNN. Another 100,000 have lost power in South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. American Airlines canceled 1,100 flights out of its Charlotte hub on Sunday, which will have ripple effects on connecting flights, reports USA Today. Some 300 flights have been canceled on Monday. "This storm comes at a time of year when North Carolinians are usually hearing carols about snow, not actually seeing it. But this time, the real thing is headed our way and North Carolina is getting prepared," said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in a statement.

About a foot of snow is expected in southern and central Appalachia, notes CNN, though totals could top 20 inches by Monday. "Snowfall amounts in some locations will likely exceed a foot and result in several days of difficult or impossible travel, extended power outages, and downed trees," the National Weather Service said. (Read more severe weather stories.)

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