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Death toll climbs to 28 from Frigid Monster storm in US


26 December 2022  

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NEW YORK: Millions of people hunkered down against a deep freeze Sunday to ride out the winter storm that has killed at least 28 people across the United States.

It is expected to claim more lives after trapping some residents inside houses with heaping snow drifts and knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

The scope of the storm has been nearly unprecedented, stretching from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico.

About 60% of the U.S. population faced some sort of winter weather advisory or warning, and temperatures plummeted drastically below normal from east of the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians, the National Weather Service said.

Travelers’ weather woes are likely to continue, with hundreds of flight cancellations already and more expected after a bomb cyclone — when atmospheric pressure drops very quickly in a strong storm — developed near the Great Lakes, stirring up blizzard conditions, including heavy winds and snow.

Some 1,707 domestic and international flights were canceled by midday Sunday, according to the tracking site FlightAware.

The storm unleashed its full fury on Buffalo, with hurricane-force winds and snow causing whiteout conditions, paralyzing emergency response efforts.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said almost every fire truck in the city was stranded Saturday. Officials said the airport would be shut through Tuesday morning.

Daylight revealed cars nearly covered by 180 centimeters snowdrifts and thousands of houses, some adorned in unlit holiday displays, dark from a lack of power.

With snow swirling down untouched and impassable streets, forecasters warned that an additional 30-60 centimeters of snow was possible in some areas through early Monday morning amid wind gusts of 60 kph.

(VOA)

Publish Date : 26 December 2022 08:03 AM

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