A large number of states in the United States recorded freezing temperatures this Friday as a major cold storm, known as a bomb cyclone, left millions of homes without power and thousands of travelers Christmas holidays are on the doorstep.
The event, caused by an arctic air front, would be responsible for the country experiencing its coldest Christmas since the 1980s.
Nearly 10 people have died on the roads since the storm began in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Ohio.
In other places, such as Chicago, Illinois, or Nashville, Tennessee, roads were blocked for hours as temperatures plummeted, rain turned to snow and the wind turned to blizzards.
thousands of flights canceled
Thursday in Denver (Colorado) was the second coldest day on record: the average temperature was minus 26 degrees.
More than 1.4 million homes or offices were without power this Friday, according to records from the PowerOutage.us website, while nearly 5,300 flights have been canceled.
Strong winter storms will affect approximately 200 million people, 60% of the nation’s population, according to estimates from the National Weather Service (NWS), the national weather service.
US President Joe Biden appeared publicly on Thursday to warn Americans to take the storm “extremely seriously” and follow the recommendations of officials.