Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Do blizzards make the Christmas season bitter in America? we tell you

WASHINGTON – Historic Hurricane Elliott plunged the United States into freezing weather in the midst of the Christmas season, leaving thousands of people stranded on Christmas Eve with flight cancellations and delays, highway collapses and power outages in various parts of the country. made bitter for country.

The storm, a cyclonic bomb caused by an Arctic air front, has been creating below-zero temperatures from Canada to Texas through Thursday, as well as bringing heavy snowfall, strong winds and rain to almost the entire region.

If the forecasts hold true, several cities along the East Coast, Florida, Louisiana and Texas could experience the coldest Christmas since records were kept.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the national weather service, at least 200 million people in the United States, 60% of the population, are subject to some weather alert.

The last part of this body at 8:45 pm indicates that 3.9 million people in the country’s midwest, northeast and northwest are on alert for a snow storm this Saturday.

thousands of flights canceled

Nearly 4,900 flights have been canceled this Saturday as Elliott’s passing leaves thousands of people trying to reunite with their families without Christmas Eve, according to data from the Flight Aware portal.

These are in addition to the nearly 6,000 cancellations that occurred on Thursday, causing chaos and gloom at many airports across the United States.

The airports most affected by cancellations and delays are Atlanta (Georgia), Denver (Colorado), Seattle (Washington State), Chicago (Illinois), Portland (Oregon) and Orlando (Florida). In addition, there are stops in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Buffalo (New York) and Pasco (Washington State).

Even courier companies such as FedEx or UPS have announced delays in the delivery of gifts as a result of the storm.

According to the Power Outage Tracker, the storm also affected the nation’s electrical infrastructure, where 700,000 people remained without power in their homes as of 8:00 p.m., primarily in the states of North Carolina and Maine.

Over 1.5 million users were in the dark throughout the day.

Duke Energy Co. this Saturday asked its customers in Ohio and Kentucky to reduce the use of non-essential electrical equipment until tomorrow due to the high demand for heating being experienced due to the low temperatures.

Dozens of pilots and airline crew members have tested positive for COVID-19, canceling hundreds of flights.

danger on the roads

At least 15 people have died due to the storm, according to local media, four of them in a multi-car accident on a snow-covered Ohio highway.

The weather service warned Saturday that road travel was “extremely dangerous or even impossible” in parts of the Midwest and Northeast, and warned that “blizzards pose a life-threatening risk to stranded travelers.”

The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicted a few days back that 113 million people would travel more than 50 miles during these festivities.

a country on alert

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, appeared publicly on Thursday and warned Americans to take the storm “extremely seriously” and follow the recommendations of the authorities.

At least 12 states in the country have declared a state of emergency because of the severe cold, such as Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia or New York.

New York Governor Cathy Hochul said on social networks Saturday: “Low temperatures have created dangerous road conditions today. Stay off the roads.”

Hundreds of people are trapped in their vehicles in the city of Buffalo (New York) due to snow, which has forced the closure of border bridges with Canada. “It’s been a very bad night for our community,” Erie County Sheriff Mark Polonkarz told reporters.

In the south of the country, hundreds of migrants slept in the open, braving sub-zero temperatures in the city of El Paso (Texas), where they have arrived in recent days after crossing the border with Mexico.

Texan Governor Greg Abbott reported on Twitter that his state recorded the highest energy demand days it has recorded this winter this Friday and Saturday.

Fearing a Christmas Eve impasse in Washington, members of the US House of Representatives arrived on Friday to vote on the fiscal year 2023 budget.

The US capital recorded a minimum temperature of minus 13 degrees Celsius this Saturday. The city is expected to have its coldest Christmas since 1989.

Up to a foot of snow is expected across the New York and New England region this Friday. To watch more from Telemundo, visit https://www.nbc.com/networks/telemundo.

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