Thursday, February 9, 2023

“Bomb cyclone” freezes the United States from -50 degrees: a dozen deaths and 7,000 flights canceled

The major winter storm in the United States, known as a ‘bomb cyclone’, has killed at least 10 people on the roads since it started in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Ohio. This event would be responsible for the country experiencing its coldest Christmas since the 1980s. Nearly 1,800 flights were canceled this Saturday as millions of people tried to reunite with their families to spend Christmas Eve and the Christmas holidays. In addition, according to the Power Outage Tracker, approximately 1.2 million people live without power in their homes, primarily in the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Maine.

The National Weather Service (NWS), which has predicted the coldest Christmas weather in decades, said Saturday that heavy snowfall and strong winds are expected in the Midwest and Northeast, as well as less in the center and east. expected temperature. country. According to their report at 3:00 pm GMT, 3.6 million people remain on winter storm warnings. The agency pointed out in a statement that travel in some areas of the country would be “extremely dangerous and even impossible” on Saturday and warned that “the icy winds pose a mortal danger to travelers who are left stranded.”

Most of the blackouts are concentrated in the Northeast region of the United States, which includes states such as New York, Maine, New Hampshire or Connecticut, and where more than 860,000 people are without power. Specifically, 534,000 people have experienced power outages in the New England region, which includes states such as Maine (250,000), New Hampshire (100,000), Massachusetts (68,000) or Connecticut (50,000). Similarly, the Atlantic half of the country has more than 330,000. In New York, 90,000 have suffered blackouts, in Pennsylvania the figure is 80,000, while more than 60,000 customers in Virginia or Maryland are without power.

more than 10 deaths

With visibility near zero, blizzards and frost affecting much of the country, roads have become very dangerous. “People should stay home, not out on the streets,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear warned CNN: “Your family wants to see you home for Christmas, but most of all they want to see you alive.” It also confirmed that three people were killed on Kentucky highways.

In Oklahoma, at least two people died on public roads, according to the agency in charge of emergency management in that state. In Ohio, at least one person was killed in a massive collision involving nearly 50 vehicles on a highway, according to local media. In Michigan, traffic on a highway was disrupted on Friday morning due to a crash between nine trucks.

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