Washington : A deadly ice storm stranded scores of people on slick roads and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of US homes as winter-weary Americans dug in against Mother Nature’s latest blow, reports AFP. More than 3,700 flights due to take off Thursday were canceled across the United States due to the wintry blast, including well over half of flights at the busiest US airport, Atlanta’s Hartfield International, airline monitors said.

  The National Weather Service began warning days ago that a “mammoth dome” of Arctic air would settle over the eastern United States to form a “paralyzing ice storm.”

“The ice accumulations remain mind-boggling, if not historical,” it said, warning that more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) of ice could fall from Georgia to South Carolina.

The massive storm — which stretched from Alabama to Virginia — was also expected to dump as much as a foot (30 centimeters) of snow. Snow brings traffic to a near halt on February

12, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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