Storm hits US east coast and Canada, thousands of flights canceled

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A powerful winter storm battered much of the eastern United States on Sunday, disrupting travel and causing power outages in the region.

Weather warnings were issued from Alabama to Maine and the state governors of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina declared states of emergency due to the storm.

In North Carolina, where record snowfall was recorded, two people died on Sunday after losing control of their vehicle.

In Canada, the storm is expected to bring 20 to 40 centimeters of snow in southern and eastern Ontario, the province that shares part of its border with New York State, the weather agency said. governmental.

More than 3,000 domestic flights to and from the United States were canceled on Sunday, and more than 8,000 flights were delayed.

(Report Jan Wolfe and Kanishka Singh, with Steve Gorman and Dan Whitcomb; French version Camille Raynaud)

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