Whiteout: Monster Snowstorm Wipes Out Power For Half Million

Source: Erik Ortiz / NBC News

A Deadly winter storm has taken a toll from Texas to New England, producing a messy mix of ice-slicked roads, power outages and whiteout conditions that have battered millions of Americans enduring an already punishing winter.

As more than a half-million homes and businesses in the South woke up Thursday without electric power following a vicious ice storm, millions more along the Interstate 95 corridor are struggling to dig out of more than a foot of snow in some parts.

● There were still 689,000 power outages, mainly across the South, as of Thursday morning. Georgia and South Carolina bore the brunt of Wednesday’s ice storm and account for more than 60 percent of the outages. Georgia’s highways were virtually empty after officials warned drivers to stay off the roads — a vast difference from the Jan. 28 storm when commuters were stuck for hours in paralyzing gridlock.

● Areas around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore were slammed with at least a foot of snow overnight Wednesday as the storm moves up the coast at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Capitol Hill came to a standstill Thursday morning, with the federal government and courts closing, and the White House canceling a briefing with reporters.

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