Winter storm causes power outages, hits U.S. with snow and freezing temperatures
A frigid Winter storm The country has been affected by the surge, which knocked out power to hundreds and thousands of homes and businesses. This has left millions worried about the possibility that there will be blackouts during the Christmas holiday weekend.
The storm unleashed its full force on Buffalo, New York. It brought with it hurricane-force winds that caused whiteout conditions. The city’s international airport was also closed as emergency response efforts were paralysed.
CBS News confirmed at least 20 deaths caused by the storm in the United States. At least three people were killed in Buffalo, including two people who had medical emergencies at their homes and couldn’t be saved due to the historic blizzard conditions.
Millions of Americans were travelling ahead of Christmas and more than 3,400 flights into, out, or within the U.S. were cancelled Saturday. Another 1,300 were cancelled as of 7 a.m. According to the tracking site, ET SundayFlightAware. CBS News correspondent Naomi Ruchim reported that airlines were playing catch up due to crew shortages and deicing slowing down the return of normal. Multiple runways were closed in Seattle due to an ice storm.
According to PowerOutage.us, at least 345,000 customers were without electricity as of Saturday night. More than 170,000 of those were located in the New England region.
Buffalo residents were forced to flee their homes Saturday because of the deep snow, single-digit temperatures, and power outages. New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport would remain closed through Monday morning, and that almost every firetruck in the city was stranded due to the snow.
Hochul stated that no matter how many emergency vehicles are available, they can’t get through the conditions right now.
According to forecasters, 28 inches of snow had already fallen in Buffalo as of Saturday. This is part of an area that saw 6′ of fall.Just over a month agoThree people died as a result. More are expected to occur overnight.
Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive, said that the blizzard could be “the most severe storm in our history.” It took three hours for an ambulance to get to the hospital. Although plows were present on the roads, large snow drifts, abandoned vehicles, and downed power lines were stifling progress.
Blinding blizzards and freezing rain caused power outages in many areas from Maine to Seattle. A major electricity grid operator warned the 65,000,000 people it serves in the eastern U.S. about the possibility of rolling blackouts.
Pennsylvania-based PJM Interconnection stated that power plants are having trouble operating in the cold weather and asked residents in 13 states for their help to conserve electricity until at least Christmas morning. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which supplies electricity to 10 million residents in the state and parts six of its surrounding areas, ordered local power companies to implement planned interruptions. However, the measure was ended by Saturday afternoon. A planned power outage delayed the start of the Tennessee Titans’ game in Nashville by an hour.
PJM Interconnection, which has coverage in all or part of 13 states, and Washington, D.C., warned that rolling blackouts may be necessary.
North Carolina’s 169,000 customers were without power Saturday afternoon. This was down from a peak of over 485,000. However, utility officials stated that rolling blackouts would continue for the “next few days.”
James Reynolds, Greensboro’s resident, said that his 70-year-old housemate with severe arthritis and diabetes, spent the morning wrapped up beside a kerosene heater, indoor temperatures “hovering around the 50s.”
Jackson, Mississippi Saturday’s announcement by officials The city’s water system – which Partly collapsed Late August – Saturday afternoon, frigid temperatures and “fluctuating pressure” caused by high temperatures.
Officials warned that some residents of Mississippi’s capital may experience low water pressure temporarily. Prior to the “arctic blast”, which brought dangerously cold air into Jackson, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba warned of the city’s “huge vulnerability” in its water distribution system.
Saturday’s ticket prices at Soldier Field in Chicago plummeted faster that the temperature. Some seats went for $10 on third-party websites to see the Bears.Take on The Buffalo Bills. Kickoff temperature was 9 degrees with a minus-12Wind chill. It was Buffalo’s first road game with a temperature below freezing since at least 1967.
Montana has been at minus 40 degrees for most of the week. Ranchers are trying to keep their cattle safe.
Four people were killed in a pileup on the Ohio Turnpike Friday, involving more than 50 vehicles. A Kansas City, Missouri driver was killed after colliding with a creek. Three other drivers were also killed in separate accidents on icy roads in northern Kansas.
According to a company, another utility worker from Ohio was also killed while trying to restore power. Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative reported that the 22-year old died in an “electrical contact incident” in Lawrence County.
After a tree fell on her in Vermont, a woman died in hospital. Colorado Springs police said that they found the body of a homeless person after subzero temperatures and snow fell upon the area. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, a woman aged 57 died in Madison, Wisconsin after she fell through the ice of a river.
According to Bath Township police, an 82 year-old woman in Lansing, Michigan, died Friday morning after she was found curled up in the snow near her assisted living community. The woman was found by a snowplow driver, as temperatures were around 10 degrees.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear stated that one person was killed in a traffic accident due to the weather in western Kentucky, and that a homeless person was also killed in Louisville.
Terry Henderson and Rick Henderson were stuck for 34 hours in a traffic jam on Interstate 71 in Kentucky. The truck drivers endured the wait in a truck equipped with a diesel heater and a toilet, but they regretted not being able to drive from Alabama to their Ohio home for Christmas.
Terry Henderson said, “I wish we could have stayed,” after they got back on the road Saturday. “We should have sat.”
The extent of the storm, which spanned from the Great Lakes in Canada to the Rio Grande at the border with Mexico, was almost unprecedented. The National Weather Service stated that approximately 60% of the U.S. population was subject to a winter weather advisory or warning. Temperatures dropped dramatically below normal from east to the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians.
As they waited for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on pandemic-era restrictions that prohibit many from seeking asylum, Mexican migrants stayed near the U.S. Border in unusually cold temperatures. Numerous migrants have fled to the United States. They were also alive and sleeping In sub-freezing temperatures, they waited for shelters to open on the streets of El Paso, Texas. Many were wearing winter clothes that they had received from local volunteers and empathetic residents.
Forecasters said a bomb cyclone A strong storm is when atmospheric pressure drops rapidly in a strong storm. This was what had happened near the Great Lakes. It created blizzard conditions with heavy winds and snow.
The dramatic lake-effect snow seen in New York’s Western Region is often due to cool air picking up moisture from warm water and then dumping it onto the ground. Even though the conditions were dire for Christmas Eve, even residents in the area found them to be difficult.
Latricia Stroud stated that she and her two daughters, aged 1 and 12, were without heat or electricity in Buffalo since Friday afternoon due to the snow being too deep.
Stroud said to the AP that he had to cross a snowbank in order to get out. “There is a warming center. I just need a ride to get there.”
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