Trucker Dies During Winter Storm Diego: EFFECT ON Travel Continues
Major snowfall of around 15 inches in Winston-Salem, NEW YORK, of December 8-9 weekend, 2018. (Photo: @AaronRigsbyOSC on Twitter)
Hundreds of a large number of people in the South will need to deal with the consequences of Winter Storm Diego all of those other week, tonight even with the storm ends. The operational system dumped freezing rain and large sums of snow across portions of NEW YORK, SC, Tennessee, the weekend and Virginia over, today and travel troubles will continue as a little more ice and snow have accumulated.
Unfortunately, at the very least three people including a truck driver have died up to now in NEW YORK because of the snowstorm. Keith Vestal, Yadkin County Emergency Services Director, told the Charlotte Observer that the driver got stuck along I-77 through the height of the storm on Sunday and was shoveling out. This happened about between Boone and Greensboro halfway. After shoveling shortly, the person experienced chest pain, was taken up to a hospital and pronounced dead. The man’s name was not released to the general public around this afternoon, but Vestal said that it had been considered by him a storm-related death because the driver died of an apparent coronary attack.
According to an Asheville Citizen Times report, among the other two different people who died was a terminally ill woman in Haywood County who passed on when her oxygen was take off following the power went in her home. She there is under hospice care. Also, in Mecklenburg County, a guy died whenever a tree fell on him, in accordance with NEW YORK Emergency Management officials.
The NEW YORK Department of Emergency Management and hawaii Highway Patrol tweeted earlier today that they’ve taken care of immediately several hundred collisions due to Diego, and much more than 1,500 demands service linked to the storm. Officials are urging visitors to stay off the roads whenever you can not just because of their safety, but also for the safety of snow plow crews, power crews, and first responders.
Air travel found a standstill when around 1,on Sunday at the Charlotte Douglas AIRPORT TERMINAL 400 flights were cancelled. The Federal Aviation Administration reported delays today as high as 1 hour and 45 minutes at the Raleigh-Durham AIRPORT TERMINAL.
Snowfall records (measured in inches) for Sunday’s date, December 9, were shattered at the next airports:
Asheville (ICAO code: AVL): 5.3 (previous record was 2.0 in 1939)
Charlotte (ICAO code: CLT): 2.7 (previous record was 0.4 in 1989)
Greenville-Spartanburg (ICAO code: GSP): 2.8 (previous record was 0.7 in 1989)
Raleigh-Durham (ICAO code: RDU): 7.0 (previous record was 1.6 in 1989)
Greenville-Spartanburg set an everyday record of just one 1 also. for Saturday 5 inches, December 8, beating the old record of a trace of snow from 1997 just. In line with the National Weather Service, from 12 to 24 inches of snow piled from around Boone up, NEW YORK to Roanoke, Virginia.
Snowfall totals from Winter Storm Diego. (Source: NOAA)
Trees lines buckled beneath the weight of ice and heavy, wet snow over the region. By 3 p.m. Today eastern time, PowerOutage.us reported a lot more than 179,000 businesses and homes without electricity over the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia. NEW YORK got hit the hardest with an increase of than 97,000 people at night still, followed by SC with 37 around,000, Virginia with 36 nearly,000, and Tennessee with around 8,600. However, since Sunday crews have already been working hard and also have restored capacity to almost 1 / 2 of these customers.
Although the snow and ice has been melting in a few certain areas, it may be difficult hauling freight into and from the region still. Truckers shall need to look out for more icy spots on I-26 from Asheville to Spartanburg, and on I-85 and I-40 from Asheville and Spartanburg to Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, and Winston-Salem. Black ice will be a significant concern for at the very least another two days, during the night and in the first mornings when slush refreezes as temperatures drop in to the 20s especially. Look for updates on NEW YORK road conditions here and SC here.