In case you missed it: Deadly snowstorm pummels South; Strongest Tennessee earthquake in 45 years shakes Atlanta

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
December 14, 2018, 11:30:28 AM EST


A massive storm unleashed snow, ice and brutal cold over the southeastern United States over the weekend.

At least eight people were killed during the storm. Three people were killed in South Carolina due to carbon monoxide poisoning due to using a generator indoors, local police said.

There were over 670 collisions and over 1,500 service calls across North Carolina since the start of the storm, according to North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The city of Bristol, Virginia, called in the state's National Guard to help motorists who were stranded on Interstate 81.

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Greg Jans, left, and Stacey Hash get in some cross county skiing in their southwest city neighborhood in Roanoke, Va., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Snow continues to fall in southwest Virginia. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)


Mount Mitchell, North Carolina, received 34 inches of snow, the highest snow total reported from the storm. Richmond, Virginia, recorded almost 12 inches.

More than 200,000 were out of power on Monday morning from the Carolinas to Virginia as snow and ice weighed down tree branches and power lines.

A rare glowing phenomenon lit up the skies in Wisconsin this week, confusing locals who took to social media with pictures.

After hours of freezing fog in Beloit, along the Illinois border, light pillars appeared in the sky. Some thought they were seeing the northern lights in vertical form.

Light pillars are an optical phenomenon caused when light is refracted by ice crystals. These lights tend to take on the color of the light source.


For ice crystals to form, the conditions need to be extremely calm and cold, without wind. For the light pillars to show, the ice crystals need to be near the ground.

Meanwhile, severe weather in Florida spawned a tornado this week.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado hit New Port Richey, north of Tampa, with winds up to 100 mph.

The twister didn't cause an significant damage, but it did knock down power lines and tree branches.

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A 4.4 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of the southern United States on Wednesday.

The quake occurred in rural eastern Tennessee, but tremors were felt as far away as Atlanta. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the region in 45 years, according to the NWS.

The early morning quake woke up residents across the region, but no damage or injuries were reported.

The quake struck roughly 2 miles from the nation's largest nuclear power plant, officials said no damage occurred.

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