11 Jan 2011

Bad storm in south east US

1:19 pm on 11 January 2011

Rain and sleet have caused power outages, icy roads and school cancellations in the south-east United States, following a snow storm at the weekend.

As much as 23cm of snow has felln in states from Louisiana to North Carolina.

Forecasters said the snow is expected to turn to ice by Tuesday.

Emergencies have been declared by Governors in the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Schools in the south called off classes on Monday because of the storm.

The city of Atlanta, Georgia, was covered by about 10cm of snow.

The BBC reports the storm system was centred on South Carolina, with heavy snow stretching into North Carolina on Monday afternoon.

The storm began moving across the south on Sunday, covering bridges and roads.