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If you have family on the east coast, please be sure to keep a close eye on them. According to Fox 28,

From North Carolina to Washington D.C., cities braced for a wicked weather weekend as blizzard-level snow began climbing up the coast.

At least five people were killed in car crashes related to the snowstorm. Flights were cancelled, cities were brought to a standstill and thousands were left without power in the wake of what was being consider the worst blizzard to blow through the East Coast in years.

Authorities say a couple was in a vehicle that slid off an icy road and plummeted down a 300-foot embankment in Tennessee, killing the woman driver.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said Stacy Sherrill was driving a vehicle with her husband riding along when it slid off the road. Her husband survived the crash, but it took him several hours to climb the embankment and report the accident.

At least five people have died in storm-related crashes in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. Officials are warning people to stay off roads as the blizzard makes its way across the East Coast.

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 14,000 were left without power Friday evening. In Nashville, Tennessee, major highways were strangled Friday afternoon by a blanket of thick powder.

The snow started falling Thursday night into Friday morning in Asheville, North Carolina, leading to power outages and widespread car accidents. Officials said the area was expecting the most snow they’ve seen in 20 years.

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