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A heavy snowstorm has swept through US south-eastern states, killing at least three people and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.A state of emergency has been declared in North Carolina, with some areas reporting as much as 0.5m (18.5ins) of snow over the weekend.


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One man died after a tree fell on his car. A search is under way for a driver whose vehicle was found in a river.

 

Thousands of flights were also cancelled across the region.


’A dangerous system’

 

 

Snow, sleet and freezing rain continues to impact the South.

 

More than 300,000 people were affected by electricity outages in the Carolinas, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia on Sunday, while storm warnings remained in place in the south-east "especially North Carolina and Virginia", the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a tweet.

 

The storm was expected to move off the coast on Monday, although the NWS’s lead forecaster Michael Schichtel warned it would continue to be "a dangerous system".

 

"It’s slow to move off the Carolinas but a saving grace is that it won’t hit New England," he told Reuters news agency.

 

But the main danger appeared to be on the roads.

 

Almost 60 crashes were reported in Virginia, state police told local media, with the number rising to 672 in North Carolina as of Monday morning.

 

On Monday, the governor confirmed three storm-related deaths, saying the snow "turned into a nightmare and tragedy".

 

A man was killed in a suburb of Charlotte when a tree fell on his car. A second person was taken to hospital following the accident, WRAL.com said.

 

A woman receiving hospice care in the western part of the state also died during the storm.

 

Near Winston-Salem, another individual died of a heart condition on the way to a shelter, according to the governor’s office.

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