A giant storm system responsible for snow, sleet and freezing rain that knocked out power for more than 1 million people in the South has resulted in 21 deaths up and down the East Coast as it raged from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.
In New York City, Min Lin, 36, died after getting hit by a snow plow in Brooklyn, but her nearly full-term baby was delivered via cesarean section. The 6 pound, 6 ounce baby was in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman told Fox News.
Most of the other fatalities came from traffic accidents as drivers braved the brutal conditions.
Cities up and down the coast grinded to a halt as the snow piled up. Washington received about 9 inches of snow, New York got 10 inches and parts of Maine tallied more than 1 foot.
In the South, more than 500,000 people remained without power as of Friday morning, following the storm’s initial damage, which coated power lines and trees with thick ice.
Valentine’s Day gifts, meanwhile, are expected to pay a price for the winter weather as well, as deliveries were made more difficult in the dangerous travel conditions.
“It’s a godawful thing,” said Mike Flood, owner of Falls Church Florist in Virginia, to The Associated Press. “We’re going to lose money. There’s no doubt about it.”
More than 2,500 flights were delayed Friday and 1,500 canceled, according to FlightAware.com, from airports in Newark, N.J.; Charlotte, N.C.; Philadelphia and near Washington.But the wintry weather isn’t done yet. More snow is headed to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast Friday night into Saturday, according to The Weather Channel. Less than 6 inches is expected for West Virginia, northern Virginia and New Jersey and more than 6 inches is headed for Maine and other parts of New England.