The extreme ice storm sweeping the South is anticipated to lastly dissipate Thursday, however not earlier than leaving chaos in its wake, with at least 8 folks suspected to have died as a result of it and more than 370,000 utility clients nonetheless without power.
“The epic ice storm throughout a portion of the Southern U.S. will come to an finish on Thursday,” the Nationwide Climate Service mentioned. “A system monitoring close to the Gulf Coast will clear-out the frozen mess, whereas additionally producing heavy rain and maybe a extreme thunderstorm for the Gulf Coast states,” it mentioned.
The climate service warned that hazardous journey situations had been nonetheless anticipated, with a further glaze of ice accretion doable, in addition to an opportunity for gentle sleet accumulations. Tree injury and additional power outages had been additionally doable earlier than the ice begins to soften, it mentioned.
As of Wednesday, at least eight deaths had been linked to the storm, which hammered components of the South from Texas to Tennessee. Seven of these fatalities had been in Texas, whereas an individual driving a truck died in Benton County, Arkansas, after it slid on an icy spot and hit a pole.