Friday, February 3, 2023

Snow Storm Elliot has soured Christmas for America.

Historic Hurricane Elliott has plunged the United States into freezing weather in the midst of the Christmas season, leaving thousands of people stranded on Christmas Eve due to flight cancellations and delays, collapsed roads and power outages in various parts of the country. made bitter for ,

The storm, a cyclonic bomb caused by an Arctic air front, has been creating subzero temperatures from Canada to Texas since Thursday, as well as bringing heavy snowfall, strong winds and rain to nearly 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 from 20:45 GMT indicates that 3.9 million people in the country’s midwest, north-east and north-west are on alert for a snowstorm 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 has also affected the country’s power infrastructure, with 700,000 people without power in their homes as of 8:00 GMT, mainly in the states of North Carolina and Maine.

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

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

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 ago that 113 million people would travel more than 80 kilometers during these festivities.

a country on alert

US President Joe Biden publicly warned Americans on Thursday to take the storm “extremely seriously” and follow the recommendations of officials.

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.

“Low temperatures today have left dangerous conditions on the roads. Stay off the roads,” New York Governor Cathy Hochul asked on social media this Saturday.

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.

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