Thursday, February 9, 2023

Winter storm wreaks havoc for travelers on Christmas in US

MISSION, Kansas ( Associated Press) – A severe blizzard, freezing rain, flooding and freezing temperatures left Christmas vacationers stranded across the United States on Saturday.

Bad weather since the beginning of the week downed power lines, caused road accidents that piled up vehicles on the roads and canceled several flights.

With its almost unprecedented range, the storm stretched from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande (known as the Rio Grande in Mexico) at the border with this country.

The National Weather Service said about 60% of the US population was facing winter weather advisories or alerts, with temperatures falling below normal from the Rocky Mountains east to the Appalachians.

Freezing rain covered much of the Pacific-facing northwest in snow, as those in the northeast faced the threat of flooding in coastal and inland areas.

The weather forecaster said freezing temperatures and strong winds will cause “dangerous cold snaps across much of the central and eastern United States through the holiday weekend this weekend.”

It added, “Such conditions would create a hazard that could endanger the lives of the passengers, if they were to become stranded.”

“In some areas, being out in the open can cause body parts to freeze within minutes,” he said.

Power outages late Friday added to the hardship, which continued to affect more than a million homes and businesses, according to the PowerOutages website, which tracks reports of power problems.

More than 5,700 domestic flights, inbound or outbound, were canceled nationwide on Friday, according to FlightAware, just as millions of Americans were traveling ahead of Christmas.

Several roads were closed and at least six people died in various car accidents, officials said.

Four people were killed in multiple collisions involving about 50 vehicles on a section of the turnpike known as the Turnpike in Ohio.

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