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Strong Winter Storm Distress Large Swath Of U.S.

DALLAS – A strong winter storm hit a large swath of the United States, where ice and snow covered several entities, activities canceled in schools and businesses, roads and airports were closed and thousands were without power.

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The snow storm covered several western states of the country and left ice, snow and freezing rain in the central and eastern U.S. territory.

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The weather phenomenon, whose effects are predicted will continue until Saturday, particularly affected the areas that were covered by ice, including the metropolitan area of ​​Dallas and the rest of North Texas, as well as large areas of Arkansas and Tennessee.

The Governors of Arkansas, Mike Beebe, and Tennessee, Bill Haslam, declared a state of emergency in their respective entities.

The slippery ice prevents the movement of vehicles on streets and highways and collapses due to trees and power poles weight, forcing the closure, in the affected areas.

The National Weather Service warned that any area affected by a winter storm, the danger is great potential for downed power lines and slippery driving conditions.

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The metropolitan area of ​​Dallas and Fort Worth was covered during Thursday night and Friday morning by a layer of several inches of ice, which has caused dozens of traffic accidents.

Several major Dallas highways were closed to traffic and the city was semi-paralyzed with urban transport service canceled, and many schools and offices closed.

Oncor, the electric company providing service in the Dallas area, said about 260,000 customers, including homes and offices were without power Friday morning.

International Airport Dallas / Fort Worth reduced their activities by 50 percent with the cancellation of over 500 flights by American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines.

In the secondary airport Dallas Love Field, Southwest airline, canceled 80 flights.

The National Weather Service issued warnings and winter storm warnings and ice storm warning for over Tennessee on Friday.

The storm heads east central United States and to the northeast on Sunday, threatening to affect the cities of Washington, DC and New York with a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

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