Historical Cosmic Elliot Cold weather has plunged the United States at the height of the Christmas season, bringing a chill Good night for thousands Cancellation of flights, collapse of roads and power cuts in various parts of the country.
The death toll has gone up to 16, Seven states of the North American country have confirmed deaths in the last hours.
According to information gathered by the American television channel CNN, Four people have died in Ohio, three each in Kansas, New York and Kentucky, and one each in Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
In addition, over 900,000 homes and businesses lost power due to the storm, especially in the Northeast region, which includes states such as New York, Maine, New Hampshire or Connecticut.
storm, a cyclone pump Due to an arctic air front has been forming since thursday Freezing Temperatures from Canada to TexasIn addition to heavy snowfall, strong winds and rain.
If the forecasts hold true, many cities on the East Coast and FloridaThey may 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 organization, at 6:00 pm GMT, indicates that there are 3.9 million people left this Saturday snow storm alert in the Midwest, Northeast and Northwest of the country.
thousands of flights canceled
Elliot’s passing has left thousands without Christmas Eve trying to reconnect with their families, some since 4,300 flights have been canceled This Saturday, 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 Detroit (Michigan), Atlanta (Georgia), Minneapolis (Minnesota) and Seattle (Washington State). In addition, there are stops in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) and Buffalo (New York).
Even courier companies such as FedEx or UPS have announced delays in the delivery of gifts as a result of the storm.
The storm has also affected the country’s electricity infrastructure, where 1.4 million people live without electricity in their homesMainly in the states of North Carolina, Tennessee and Maine, according to the Power Outage Tracker.
company duke energy It asked its customers in Ohio and Kentucky to reduce the use of non-essential electrical equipment this Saturday until tomorrow, due to the high heating demand being experienced due to the low temperatures.
The weather service warned Saturday that road travel is “extremely hazardous or even impossible” in parts of the Midwest and Northeast. and warned that “the icy winds pose a deadly danger to stranded travelers.”
The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicted a few days ago that 113 million people would travel more than 80 kilometers during these festivities.
country on alert
US President Joe Biden came out publicly on Thursday to warn Americans about weathering the storm.”most seriously” And they 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.
The governor of New York asked on the social network this Saturday, “Low temperatures have created dangerous conditions on the roads today. Stay off the roads.” Cathy Hochul.
Snowfall leaves hundreds trapped in vehicles in downtown Buffalo (New York), which has had to close border bridges with Canada. “It’s a very bad night for our community,” he told reporters. Mark PoloncarzErie County Officials.
In the country’s south, hundreds of migrants slept outside braving sub-zero temperatures in the city of El Paso (Texas), Where they have crossed the border of Mexico in recent times.
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 feels the temperature this Saturday Min 13°C below zero. The city is expected to have its coldest Christmas since 1989.