Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Southwest collapse causes wind chaos in US after winter storm

Washington, 28 December. Thousands of flights canceled by Southwest Airlines caused chaos on Wednesday at airports across the United States, which is recovering from the passage of winter storm Elliott.

Only today 2,888 flights were canceled in the country, of which 2,509 are of Southwest Company. The situation will continue till Thursday: Flight Aware portal records that at 01:00 GMT there are already 2,348 canceled flights in the country, most of them from the Dallas (Texas) based company.

The US on Tuesday demanded compensation and refunds from the airline to passengers and warned that the storm that subsided days ago can no longer be used as an excuse.

The country’s transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, said in an interview with ABC that his government would do what is necessary so that the company, based in Dallas (Texas), “complies with its obligations” and attributed the chaos at the airport to the airline’s “system”. Failure”.

In an attempt to reduce the financial cost inflicted on users, several major US airlines, including American, United and Delta, announced they would impose maximum price caps on tickets from certain cities as of next Monday. ,

Southwest published on its website that users with canceled flights can request a refund and those planning to travel between now and January 3 can change their trip at no additional cost.

According to Flight Aware, the airports most affected by cancellations and delays are Denver (Colorado), Las Vegas (Nevada), Chicago Midway (Illinois) and Baltimore (Maryland), which provide coverage to the US capital Washington.

Increase in the number of deaths due to winter storms

Winter storm Elliott, which hit the country last week with freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall and gale-force winds, has already left more than 50 deaths nationwide, with western New York state being the worst-hit area with 37 deaths. . Wednesday.

The region’s top political official, Mark Poloncarz, assured that the county health department had “confirmed 3 more deaths.”

These three new deaths are in addition to the other three announced this morning and the 31 reported yesterday.

Of those 37, 17 were found on the street, 9 died due to lack of heating, 4 were found in a vehicle, another 4 died of heart problems, and 3 died due to emergency medical services not arriving in time. Hui.

Buffalo, in Eyre County in New York, was the area hardest hit by the storm. United States President Joe Biden decreed a state of emergency there and local officials raised the death toll to 34 this Wednesday.

Meanwhile, officials in the area continue to work on snow repairs and removal, especially in Erie’s capital Buffalo Municipality, where driving with vehicles is prohibited.

The city’s police reported that 450 machines were working to clean the streets, and Mayor Byron Brown announced the opening of eleven bus lines as well as trains.

Brown also noted that of the more than 100,000 homes that were left without power by the storm, there are still 500 homes without power.

The fierceness of the storm northwest of New York, which left fifty deaths across the country, prompted President Joe Biden to approve a declaration of emergency for the state of New York, with the federal government necessary to mitigate and care for its effects. Headed to the aid facility. who are affected.

After Elliott passes, however, the center, south and east of the country will experience a rapid rise in temperatures over the coming days, ahead of the new year.

The National Weather Service (NWS) detailed in a statement that “well above average temperatures” are expected in these areas through the end of the week.

The agency predicted, for example, that states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas would have lows of 60 °F (15 °C) and highs of 70 °F (21 °C), 20 degrees above average this season.

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