Monster blizzard turns deadly, as storm rages across 18 states

Residents in Minnesota faced treacherous driving, tens of thousands had no power and thousands of flights were canceled.
2:42 | 04/11/19

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Transcript for Monster blizzard turns deadly, as storm rages across 18 states
Back here at home tonight, and to that monster blizzard hammering the center of the country tonight. The storm raging across 18 states, and then the system moving east. Chicago and the northeast will feel this. Treacherous driving on the roads in Minnesota. Look at that. Snow piling up from the slow-moving storm in rice lake, Wisconsin, tonight. In fact, tens of thousands are without power tonight. Thousands of flights canceled. And the images are really something. ABC's Alex Perez is in St. Cloud, Minnesota, for us. Reporter: Tonight, in Minnesota, treacherous blizzard conditions with pounding hail. In neighboring Wisconsin, wind and heavy snow slamming towns. This monster record-breaking storm pummeling the midwest and turning deadly tonight. One person killed in a crash near the Denver airport. Also in Colorado, a state trooper was injured when his car was hit by another driver. On the ground and in the air, chaos. Thousands of flights grounded or delayed in the last 24 hours. This, as whole communities are in the dark tonight. Downed power lines there on the left. About 25,000 without power in Minnesota. Shaky power lines amid the roughly 4,500 power outages in South Dakota. Some interstates shut down. Many are still trying to reopen. The sheriff's department in South Dakota with this warning. The roads are terrible. Just looks awful. Alex Perez is with us from St. Cloud, Minnesota, tonight. And Alex, I know you were telling us, they plan to work through the night to clear the stay patrols, even the national Guard standing by tonight? Reporter: Yeah, David. The snow is piling up. Crews working around the clock to try to keep those roads clear. There's already more than 500 crashes reported across Minnesota. Officials here saying they're doing whatever they can to keep things moving. But it's going to be a long night ahead. All right, Alex Perez, our thanks to you. Let's get right to senior meteorologist rob Marciano, tracking it all for us as this now moves east. Hey, rob. Reporter: Hi, David. Such an expansive storm and winds over 100 miles per hour. Two feet of snow. So powerful for mid April. Look at this. Wind alerts into the deep south. It's moving painfully slow. The low has yet to get out of Nebraska, so, maybe a foot of snow north and west of there. Going to be a miserable night in and then strong storms ahead of this in the warm sector. Cincinnati in the morning, Indianapolis, getting into Cleveland and Pittsburgh in the afternoon. And that line of storms getting into the northeast cities by tomorrow night. Not a very pleasant way to start a mid spring weekend. David? No, it's not. We'll see you tomorrow night, rob. Thank you.

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