At least 60 people have been killed by a winter storm that has been raging through several days in the United States. Accustomed to bitter cold and heavy snowfall, western New York state bordering Canada is buried in a blanket of snow, braving polar temperatures since last week.
Heavy snow, hurricane-force winds and freezing temperatures have forced the cancellation of more than 15,000 US flights in recent days, according to Flightaware.com, with nearly 4,000 of them canceled on Monday.
“It’s too early to say it’s over. This is clearly the blizzard of the centuryNew York Governor Cathy Hochul said.
Although the intensity of the storm is no longer what it has been in recent days, “it’s still dangerous to be out there,” said Hochul, who spoke with President Joe Biden, who called for support from “the full force of the federal government.” Offered by New York State.
The White House said Biden also approved an emergency declaration for the state.
National Guard and other first responders already Hundreds of people were rescued from snow-covered vehicles and homes without electricityBut officials indicated that people were still trapped.
Power has been restored to nearly 13,000 homes in the past 24 hours, but more than 12,000 homes are without power in Erie County. Officials indicated that some would not be able to connect to the network before Tuesday.
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Since Wednesday night, the United States has been battered by a storm of this rare intensity, whose polar winds have brought heavy snow, especially in the Great Lakes region. D.During the weekend, temperatures were below freezing in 48 states of the United StatesIncluding Texas communities along the Mexican border.
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Millions of Americans celebrated Christmas with massive power outages, impassable roads and canceled flights, causing chaos at airports. The weather is expected to improve gradually as the week progresses.
Extreme weather “will continue to create locally hazardous travel conditions for the next two days. Much of the eastern United States will remain under freezing conditions through Monday, before a more moderate trend sets in early Tuesday.”, National Weather Service ( NWS) indicated ) in its latest bulletin.