Heavy snowfall has killed at least fourteen people and injured more than fifty in Japan, especially in mountainous areas from Hokkaido in the north to the southern island of Kyushu. Japanese archipelago.
Heavy snowfall in Japan began on 17 December and has been reported in some northern areas since then. And the east of the country has recorded more than three times its annual average snowfall.
This Sunday, some cities such as Engaru in Hokkaido, Oguni in Yamagata Prefecture, and Gujō in Gifu Prefecture received snow that ranged from 96 cm to 1.20 m.
As a result, the authorities have recommended that the population does not leave their homes and avoid taking their vehicles, although traffic has been closed in some areas due to the poor condition of the roads, many of them frozen, public channels NHK gives details.
Met officials believe the heavy snowfall has reached its peakTherefore, in the coming days, intermittent heavy snowfall is expected only in mountainous areas, however, there is still a risk of possible avalanches in areas with high snow accumulation.
The United States Is Suffering A Deadly Hurricane
Americans are on edge this winter. In fact, in the last few hours, a severe storm has engulfed the American soil. Officials in that country have recorded heavy snow and polar winds that have killed at least 17 people this Saturday, leaving 1.7 million people without power and thousands of travelers stranded by canceled flights hours before Christmas .
So far 17 people have died in eight states due to the storm. Hurricane-force winds and dangerously cold temperatures kept much of the country frozen for a third day in a row on Saturday. Effects have also been recorded in the south, where a generally temperate climate is recorded.
This “bomb cyclone”, a storm defined by the National Weather Service (NWS) as “once in a generation”, More than 2,300 flights were canceled and 5,300 were delayed this Saturday, December 24.
According to the specialized website FlightAware, as of this December 23, nearly 6,000 takeoffs were canceled.
“Most disruptions are behind us as airline and airport operations slowly recover,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wrote on his Twitter account.
According to the site Poweroutage.us, the states most affected by power outages were North Carolina, Maine and Tennessee, where thermometers mostly marked temperatures below zero.
In many states, Roads became impassable or very dangerous, leading to fatal accidents. in ohio, Four people died in storm-related accidents, said that state’s governor, Mike DeWine.
Meanwhile, in New York state, Gov. Cathy Hochul deployed the National Guard to Erie County and its main city, Buffalo, where officials say extreme blizzard conditions overwhelmed emergency services.
A travel ban was issued in the region a day earlier. “There are probably hundreds of people trapped in their vehicles, including those who tried to get out late last night.”However, said Erie County Administrator Mark Polonkarz. And he said two people died of medical problems because they could not be saved.
“Don’t leave your vehicle!” tweeted local weather services. He recommends, “Tie a cloth over your antenna or window to indicate that you need help.” Snow on the roads also caused the closure of important routes, including Interstate 70, which crosses the country. According to traffic reports, sections in the states of Colorado and Kansas were closed.
Shelters have opened in cities like Denver or Chicago To welcome those in need, to allow them to warm up and to protect them from the risk of hypothermia.