At Least Four Dead in South From Winter Storm Grayson

January 04, 2018Jan 04, 2018

Winter Storm Grayson has hit the South and the East Coast hard. The Weather Channel reports that at least four people are dead after the storm brought snow, ice, and powerful winds to the South.

In South Carolina, authorities report that one man, Arthur Cumbie Jr., was killed on Thursday while driving his pickup truck home from work. The vehicle slid off of icy Interstate 20 and collided with trees. At the time of the accident, Cumbie was driving at or below the speed limit, and he was also wearing a seatbelt. He died from head injuries, said the coroner.

Tragedy also hit in North Carolina where Joshua Wayne Biddle, 29, died in a similar accident. Early Thursday, his vehicle slid off the road and overturned in snowy conditions. State Emergency Management spokesman Keith Acree said Biddle died in Beaufort County around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Another Two people were also killed in accidents in North Carolina. Their vehicle slid off a road, crashed through a bridge guardrail, and landed in a creek in Moore County, North Carolina, reported the Weather Channel. The victims Michael Alexander Wilson, 57, and Jerry David Wilson, 73, both died at the scene of the crash.

Grayson has had an unprecedented impact on the south, It brought measurable snow to north Florida for the first time since 1989 on Wednesday. Overnight, snow also coastal Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.

"As the storm rapidly intensified, known as bombogenesis, wind gusts greater than 70 MPH hit the Outer Banks of North Carolina," explained the Weather Channel.

In North Florida and South Georgia, 100,000 homes and businesses lost power on Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, more than 35,000 homes and businesses were still without power from Florida to Virginia.

The weather is especially impacting transport. An 80-mile stretch of Interstate 10 from Tallahassee eastward to Live Oak was closed Wednesday morning. It has since reopened.

Wintry conditions also caused problems for air travel. More than 75 flights into and out of Charleston International Airport were canceled Wednesday morning. Later, Charleston's airport shut down all runways.

Likewise, in North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency. "The emergency declaration will enable more resources to be made available in counties affected by winter weather," explained the Weather Channel.

Travel in Georgia also came to a standstill where authorities warned drivers to stay off the roads, and the airport at Savannah/Hilton Head closed. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal also declared a state of emergency for 28 coastal counties.

Finally, the storm also impacted Virginia where more than 35,000 Dominion Energy customers were without power Thursday morning in the Hampton Roads area. Likewise, Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the state.

Here are some amazing photos of the storm's effects on the South.

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