300K+ without power in US Southeast storm

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) -- More than 300,000 power outages have been reported as a winter storm makes its way across the Southeast. Those totals were as of midday Sunday.

Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport

About 180,000 outages tracked by poweroutages.us on Sunday were concentrated in North Carolina, where forecasters have said some mountain areas could get up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow or more.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency as the storm approached.

More than 82,000 were without power in South Carolina, while a total of about 75,000 outages were reported across Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

Cooper said at a news conference Sunday that emergency crews, including the National Guard, had worked overnight to clear traffic accidents on major interstates. Cooper said one tractor trailer ran off a road and into a river.

Cooper told residents to stay at home and wrap holiday presents and watch football while the snow falls Sunday.

"Stay put if you can," he said.

He also said utilities had brought in 1,500 out-of-state workers to help restore power.

More than 1,000 flights have been canceled out of North Carolina's largest airport as a winter storm makes its way across the Southeast.

That's according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport says it's also "reduced its operations" as rain, freezing rain, and snow move across the area.

Charlotte-Douglas is the second-largest hub of American Airlines. The airline says it's cancelled a total of 1,100 flights for Sunday and 300 flights for Monday.

American has also issued a travel alert for nine airports throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia, meaning passengers may be able to change travel plans without a fee.

Airport officials say snow teams worked overnight in Charlotte on Saturday to clear the airfield, roadways and overpasses.