Feb 13, 2014 2:10 PM

Monster snowstorm wipes out power for half million

From Mississippi to Mmaine ice, snow and rain are battering the weather weary in what feels like an endless loop of winter white-outs.

The system is affecting 150 million people along the I-95 corridor.

Overnight Washington, DC and Baltimore got more than a foot of snow.

In many snow-stretched areas cities and stores are running out of supplies.

Airlines have cancelled nearly 5,000 flights across the country and hundreds more are delayed.

More than a half million people in the South woke up without power after snow and ice paralyzed the region. At least a dozen deaths are being blamed there on the weather.

While the snow is mostly a nuisance, crippling commutes and closing schools and businesses, state and local leaders worry about ice as temperatures climb.

"If you get over 1/3 of an inch, you get in the danger zone. You get up to 1/2 inch, you should expect widespread outages," warned Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

Last week's storm left the Philadelphia area with the second worst power outage in history.

With resources stretched thin, many there are hoping for a respite instead of a repeat as the storm bears down.

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