Chaos and Darkness Reign as Monstrous Winter Storm Tears Through EastS

UPDATE 8:13 am: The latest winter storm has shutdown much of Washington D.C. and paralyzed large parts of the South, including most of Georgia and the Carolinas. At least 14 people have died in the storm, and approximately 400,000 are without power.

Thousands of flights have been cancelled, and runways at Dulles and National airports in D.C. are closed. Schools are closed throughout the South and on much of the east coast, though not in New York City—thanks Bill.

Except for essential employees, the federal government is closed today, as are several state and city governments, including Atlanta's. States of emergency have been declared in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

And it's just going to get worse, in the Northeast at least: four to seven inches of snow are expected to fall during this morning's commute in New York.

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Snow and rain and tornados and droughts — no matter where you live, you can't escape the weather.

The massive snowstorm slamming the south made driving conditions in Raleigh, North Carolina this afternoon somewhat hazardous.

Atlanta fared the storm a bit better this time around — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency, canceling schools and closing the government, effectively keeping most drivers off the roads:

Chaos and Darkness Reign as Monstrous Winter Storm Tears Through EastS

Even so, power lines are down for nearly half a million people in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Alabama.

The storm is now expected to pass through Washington DC and hit New York by early tomorrow morning. Governor Chris Christie has already declared a state of emergency in New Jersey. Forecasters believe the storm will mostly bring wind and slush by the time it reaches Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, thunderstorms are pummeling Florida and parts of the state are under a tornado watch.

And California is still a dry, arid dustland.

[image via and AP]