clearn.png
Sunday August 18th, 2019 7:03AM

The Latest: North Carolina gov issues state of emergency

By The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the weekend winter storm affecting the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency that he says will help utility crews restore electricity more quickly to the state's western Piedmont, foothills and mountains after a winter storm.

Cooper issued the statewide declaration Sunday. It waives certain truck restrictions on roads so that vehicles can gain easier access to areas where power lines fell due to freezing rain, ice and fallen trees.

About 90,000 Duke Energy and electric cooperative customers in North Carolina were still without power late Sunday afternoon. The most outages still remaining are in Forsyth and Rockingham counties in the Triad and in Henderson County in the central mountains.

Cooper's office says nearly 1,000 state Department of Transportation workers also are working to clear snow and ice.

__

12 p.m.

Virginia State Police say a fatal crash on Interstate 81 occurred when a military surplus vehicle's driver lost control due to slick road conditions as a winter storm went through the region.

The accident happened Saturday night in a southbound lane of I-81 in Pulaski County. The vehicle was struck by two tractor-trailers.

One tractor-trailer and the surplus truck stopped in the median, while the other tractor-trailer crossed northbound lanes and struck a fence.

State police said the surplus vehicle's driver died at the scene. He was identified as 73-year-old Ronald W. Harris of Gainesville, Georgia. The tractor-trailer drivers were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

A police spokeswoman said a Virginia medical examiner would determine if Harris' death was storm-related.

At least five other people have been were killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri since Friday due to storm conditions.

___

11:45 a.m.

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest is pummeling the mid-Atlantic region for a second day, bringing snow, freezing rain and power outages.

Nearly 200,000 people were without electricity in Virginia and North Carolina on Sunday morning.

The wintry mix was also causing problems at airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation's capital.

In Baltimore, a man was fatally shot as he shoveled snow early Sunday morning. Police said a 43-year-old man was outside shoveling at 4:40 a.m. when an unidentified suspect shot him in the shoulder and head. He died at a local hospital.

The storm was expected to continue into Sunday evening.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online - Georgia News, AP Online Headlines - Georgia News
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Wintry mix of snow, freezing rain pummels mid-Atlantic
A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents.
4:47PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28
Sony Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28, earn 8th straight trip to AFC championship game
4:44PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Unknown stars emerge for suddenly stingy Chiefs defense
Jordan Lucas and Charvarius Ward have gone from relatively known role players to key pieces in the Kansas City Chiefs' push toward the Super Bowl
4:38PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Atlanta officer charged in wreck that led driver to lose arm
An Atlanta police officer has been indicted on charges including reckless driving in a wreck that caused another driver to lose an arm
8:57AM ( 3 days ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
AP Online Headlines - Georgia News
Wintry mix of snow, freezing rain pummels mid-Atlantic
A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents.
4:47PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28
Sony Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28, earn 8th straight trip to AFC championship game
4:44PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Unknown stars emerge for suddenly stingy Chiefs defense
Jordan Lucas and Charvarius Ward have gone from relatively known role players to key pieces in the Kansas City Chiefs' push toward the Super Bowl
4:38PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Ibaka's 3-pointer helps Raptors survive Wizards in double OT
Serge Ibaka hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the second overtime, and the Toronto Raptors survived to earn their fifth straight win, 140-138 over the Washington Wizards
4:31PM ( 37 minutes ago )
Italian fugitive captured 3 decades after murder conviction
Fugitive Italian militant captured in Bolivia nearly 3 decades after murder conviction
4:29PM ( 39 minutes ago )