Winter storm causes power outages, hits U.S. with snow and freezing temperatures

Winter storm causes power outages, hits U.S. with snow and freezing temperatures

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A battering Winter storm On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of American homes and businesses were without power. Millions more were left worried about the possibility of further outages. A crippled New York State airport, police and fire departments were also affected. Officials have said that at least 19 people died due to exposure, icy cars and other effects of the storm. Two people died in their homes outside Buffalo, New York when emergency crews couldn’t reach them because of the historic blizzard conditions.

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, New York Governor, stated Saturday that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport would be closed through Monday morning. Nearly every Buffalo fire truck was stranded in snow.

Hochul stated that no matter how many emergency vehicles are available, they can’t get through the conditions right now.

According to CBS News correspondent Naomi Ruchim, forecasters predicted snow accumulations of several feet in Buffalo from Sunday.

Blinding blizzards and freezing rain caused power outages 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 not to use electricity. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which supplies electricity to 10,000,000 people in Tennessee and parts six other states, directed local power companies implement planned interruptions, but the measure was ended Saturday afternoon.

A woman waits in line for a bus after below-freezing temperatures brought on by a winter storm in Louisville (Ky.) December 23, 2022.
A woman waits in line for a bus after below-freezing temperatures brought on by a winter storm in Louisville (Ky.) December 23, 2022.

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More than 273,000 customers were without power in six New England states on Saturday. Maine was the worst affected, and some utilities warned it could take days before power is restored. PJM Interconnection, which has coverage in all or part of 13 states, and Washington, D.C., warned that rolling blackouts could 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.”

Two people died in their homes in Cheektowaga, a Buffalo suburb, on Friday after emergency crews failed to reach them in time to address their medical emergencies. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said that the two deaths were caused by inability to reach emergency crews in time. He stated that another person was killed in Buffalo, and that the blizzard could be the “worst storm in our history.”

According to forecasters, Buffalo had 28 inches of snow 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.

Brian LaPrade was woken Saturday morning by temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit in his Buffalo home due to the downfall of the furnace.

LaPrade stated to the Associated Press that “This morning, I had to go outside and dig out the vents.” “As it was the snow was higher than my snow blower.

Poloncarz stated that it took ambulances more than three hours to make one trip to the hospital. This was in areas where an ambulance can travel through snow. Although plows were present on the roads, large snow drifts, abandoned vehicles, and downed power lines were stifling progress.

On December 24, 2022 in Hamburg, New York, Ice covers Hoak’s restaurant on the Lake Erie shoreline.
On December 24, 2022 in Hamburg, New York, Ice covers Hoak’s restaurant on the Lake Erie shoreline.

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Four people were killed in a pileup that involved more than 50 vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike. 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 of Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians.

According to tracking site, more than 2,360 flights within the U.S., into, or out of the country were cancelled Saturday as millions of Americans traveled ahead of Christmas. FlightAware. Ruchim reports 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.

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.

Forecasters said a bomb cyclone A strong storm is when atmospheric pressure drops rapidly in a 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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