A winter storm affects a rare intensity america, Roads and airports are closed in most parts of the country on Christmas Eve.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported, “More than 240 million people (over 70% of the population) are affected by weather warnings.”
The conditions are too dangerous for traffic, officials have warned.
More than 240 million people were affected by the Alert or Call for Prudence on Friday morning, ie more than 70% of the population.
Millions of people were expected to hit the streets and board flights for the Christmas and New Year holidays, marking a return to pre-pandemic levels of mobility.
Erie County in New York State has banned the driving of cars.
“We are staying at home. I can’t see across the street,” Jennifer Orlando from the city of Hamburg affected by the ban told AFP. The temperature was -8 degrees.
They said they did not get electricity for about four hours after a car hit a power line pole.
there were over a million americans without current on Friday, especially in North and South Carolina, Connecticut and Texas, according to the specialty site Poweroutage.us.
“Please take this storm very seriously,” President Joe Biden urged on Thursday. “I encourage everyone (…) to listen to the warnings at the local level. This is serious.”
Special Site Flightware reported More than 3 thousand 900 flights cancelled. The most affected airports were in Seattle (Northwest), New York, Chicago (North) and Detroit.
As of Thursday, about 10% of flights had been canceled, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Friday on MSNBC. “Many of the largest air hubs are affected,” he said.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), about 112 million people planned to drive at least 80 kilometers between December 23 and January 2.
various states including New York, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina, He declared emergency.
“People should stay home, not venture out on the streets,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear told CNN.
“Blizzard conditions can develop very quickly,” he said, noting that the National Guard has been deployed to the state. Beshear confirmed three deaths on Kentucky roads.
in oklahoma, least Two people died on the way. According to the agency in charge of emergency management in this state.
sharp drop in temperature
Heavy snow fell in the north of the country, especially in the Great Lakes region.
But the event extends from the Canadian border in the north to the Mexican border in the south, and from the Pacific coast in the northwest to the Atlantic coast in the east, US meteorologists said.
This low pressure system causes a strong collision between the masses very cold wind One from the Arctic and one from the tropics that comes from the Gulf of Mexico.
What makes the current situation extraordinary is that air pressure It collapsed very quickly in less than 24 hours.
In New York, while the temperature was hovering around 10°C on Friday morning, it was expected to drop to -10°C by night. In Chicago, the temperature was minus 20 degrees on Friday morning, and temperatures were negative as far up the Texas coast.
Canada It was also prepared for unusually low temperatures for the season.
According to Environment Canada, warnings of extreme cold, winter storms and even blizzards were issued for much of Canada on Friday.
Temperatures range from -40 to -50 degrees in Alberta (west) and Saskatchewan (central).