Millions of people soaked by downpours, left in the dark or forced to shovel snow as powerful storms barrel through much of the US ahead of Thanksgiving.
Massive disruption in vehicular and air traffic hit plans of travellers. A combination of snow, rain and high winds in over 32 states was under a warning, issued by weather advisory.
Western states were hammered with a rapidly strengthening storm -bomb cyclone- bringing rains along the coast and heavy snow in the mountains. On the other coast, high winds are knocking out power supply.
Heavy rains pose a flash-flooding threat in Southern California. Officials warned of dangerous debris flows below the areas burned in recent fires.
Further north east, a major storm brought more than 7 inches of snow. Parts of Michigan have seen 15 inches of snow and nearly 14 inches were in Wisconsin. A snow emergency was declared in Minneapolis.
High winds, with gusts above 35 mph in several places, including San Francisco, the Sierra Nevada range, Chicago and Cleveland are causing widespread power outages and winds are expected to push northeast overnight. Wind advisories across the country cover nearly 90 million people.
Nearly 300,000 homes and businesses were without power across the country Wednesday. As of 7 p.m. ET, most of the outages were in Michigan, Ohio and California, according to utility tracking sites.
Ahead of Thanksgiving, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is keeping his fingers crossed that the storm won’t ground balloons in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.