Washington, 28 December. The United States is expected to see a sharp rise in temperatures ahead of the New Year in the country’s center, south and east, the areas most affected by the passage of Snow Storm Elliott, which killed more than fifty people on Christmas.
However, the on-air chaos of recent days has been caused by an avalanche of cancellations by South West Airline, prompting the government to demand an explanation.
The National Weather Service (NWS) detailed in a statement Wednesday that the central and eastern United States are “experiencing rapid warming” and are expected to have “above average temperatures” by the end of the week into the new year .
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.
Instead, the western half of the country will still record snowfall and rain as a result of a fresh storm entering the west coast.
Winter storm Elliott ravaged the US last week with freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall and hurricane-force winds, killing more than 50 people from freezing temperatures and accidents, besides leaving 1.7 million homes without power and leaving thousands injured. The passengers were on the ground who wanted to be. Reunited with their families on Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Buffalo, in Eyre County in northwestern New York State, 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.
Follow the air chaos around the Southwest
Air chaos remains in the country this Wednesday just days before the new year due to an avalanche of cancellations from the southwest.
Of the slightly more than 2,800 flights canceled on Wednesday, 2,500 corresponded to the Dallas (Texas)-based airline, according to Flight Aware portal records at 7:00 pm GMT.
The airports most affected by delays and cancellations are Denver (Colorado), Chicago Midway (Illinois), Harry Reid in Las Vegas and Baltimore (Maryland), which provide coverage to the US capital Washington.
Pete Buttigieg, the United States Secretary of Transportation, said Wednesday that Southwest can no longer use the storm as an excuse and demanded that it refund money and pay for the accommodations of passengers who were canceled due to their cancellations. live on the ground.
He said in an interview with the ABC, “I’ve never seen a cancellation situation like this. It will require an extraordinary effort from South West and we will make an extraordinary effort to make sure they meet their obligations.” complete.”
These Christmas holidays were the coldest in 40 years in the eastern half of the country, including Florida, which is known as the “Sunshine State”.
New York City recorded a low of minus 10.5 degrees Celsius on Christmas Day, a temperature not seen since 1872. degree, something that had not happened since 1966.