Frigid monster storm across US claims at least 28 lives

BUFFALO: Millions of people struggled through Sunday’s deep freeze to make it through snow storm has killed at least 28 people across the US and is expected to claim more lives after locking some residents inside homes with heavy drifting snow and blacking out many homes and facilities business.
The storm’s range was almost unprecedented, stretching from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico. About 60% of the U.S. population faces some kind of winter weather advisory or warning, and temperatures plummet below normal from east of the Rocky Mountains to Appalachian, National Weather Service speak.
Weather problems for tourists are likely to continue, with hundreds of flights already canceled and more expected after a year. tornado bomb — when atmospheric pressure drops rapidly during a strong storm — develops near the Great Lakes, stirs snow storm conditions, including high winds and snow. About 1,707 domestic and international flights were canceled on Sunday at around 2 p.m. EDT, according to tracking site FlightAware.
The storm unleashed its full fury on Buffalo, with hurricane-force winds and snow causing power outages, crippling emergency response efforts. New York Governor Kathy Hochul said almost every fire truck in the city was stuck on Saturday. Officials said the airport would be closed until Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service said total snowfall at Buffalo Niagara International Airport was 43 inches (109 cm) at 7 a.m. Sunday.
Daylight showed cars nearly covered in six-foot snowdrifts and thousands of homes, some adorned with holiday-lit screens, dark with power shortages . As snow rolls down wild and impassable roads, forecasters warn that 1 to 2 more feet of snow could be expected in some areas through early Monday morning amid 40 gusts of wind. miles/hour.
Two people who died in upstate Cheektowaga, New York, returned home Friday when emergency crews were unable to reach them in time to treat their medical conditions, and another died in Buffalo. Four more deaths were confirmed overnight, bringing the total to seven in Erie County. County Executive Mark Poloncarz warned there could be more deaths.
“Some were found in cars, some were found on the street in a pile of snow,” Poloncarz said. We know of people who have been stuck in cars for more than two days.”
Freezing conditions and daily power outages have left Buffalo residents scrambling to get anywhere with heat amid what Hochul calls the longest-ever blizzard conditions in the city. But with the roads under a thick white blanket, that’s not an option for the likes of Jeremy Manahan, who has charged his phone in his parked car after nearly 29 hours without power.
“There is a warm shelter, but that is too far away for me. Obviously I couldn’t drive because I was stuck,” Manahan said. “And you can’t be outside for more than 10 minutes without freezing.”
Ditjak Ilunga of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was on her way to visit relatives in Hamilton, Ontario, for Christmas with her daughters on Friday when their SUV got stuck in Buffalo. Unable to get help, they spent hours with the engine running, blown away by the wind and nearly buried in the snow.
By 4 a.m. Saturday, with their fuel running low, Ilunga made the desperate choice of risking the roaring storm to a nearby shelter. He carries 6-year-old Destiny on his back while 16-year-old Cindy hugs their Pomeranian puppy, tracing his footsteps through the drifts.
“If I were in this car, I would die here with my children,” Ilunga recalls that thought. He cried when his family walked through the door of the shelter. “That’s something I’ll never forget in my life.”
The storm knocked out power in communities from Maine to Seattle. But heating and lights are slowly being restored across the US According to, less than 200,000 customers lost power on Sunday at 3pm EDT – down from a peak of 1.7 million.
Concerns about rotating outages across eastern states eased on Sunday after PJM Interconnection said its utilities could handle peak electricity demand during the day. The mid-Atlantic grid operator urged its 65 million consumers to save energy amid Saturday’s freeze.
In North Carolina, less than 6,500 customers lost power – down from a peak of 485,000. Across New England, tens of thousands of people have been restored to power with just under 83,000, mostly in Maine, still without power. In New York, about 34,000 households remained without power on Sunday, including 26,000 in Erie County, where utility crews and hundreds of National Guard soldiers battled high winds and materials. versus being stuck in the snow.
Hurricane-related deaths have been reported in recent days across the country: seven in Erie County, New York; 10 people in Ohio, including an electrician who was electrocuted and who died in multiple car crashes; six motorists were killed in crashes in Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky; a Vermont woman was hit in the head by a falling tree branch; a seemingly homeless man was found among Colorado’s sub-zero temperatures; a woman fell into the ice of the Wisconsin River.
In Jackson, Mississippi, city officials on Christmas Day announced that residents must now boil drinking water due to a burst line in the frigid temperatures. While in Tampa, Florida, the thermometer dropped below freezing for the first time in nearly five years. National Weather Service – a drop of water in favor of cold-blooded iguanas falling out of trees.
In Buffalo, William Kless woke up at 3 a.m. Sunday. He called his three children to their mother’s house to wish them Merry Christmas and then set off in his sleigh for a second day to get people from stranded cars and cold homes. price to a church that acts as a warm shelter.
Through heavy snow and strong winds, he said, he brought about 15 people to the church in Buffalo on Saturday, including a family of five who were transported one by one. He also has a man in need of dialysis, who spent 17 hours stuck in his car, back home, where he could be treated.
“I just felt like I had to,” Kless said


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