Winter storm causes power outages, hits Americans with snow and freezing temperatures before Christmas

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buttering winter storm Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses across the U.S. were without power on Saturday, with millions more worried about the possibility of more power outages, as snow-covered New York state police, fire departments and airports crumbled. I fell into Officials attribute at least 19 deaths across the country to exposure, frozen car crashes and other storm effects. Among them are two of his, who died at his home outside Buffalo, New York. .

Deep snow, single-digit temperatures and a day-long power outage forced Buffalo residents to flee their homes on Saturday to a hot spot. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Saturday that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport was closed until Monday morning, leaving almost all Buffalo fire trucks stranded in the snow.

“No amount of emergency vehicles can survive the situation we are talking about,” Ho-chul said.

Forecasters predicted several feet of snow in Buffalo through Sunday, reports CBS News correspondent Naomi Luchim.

Dizzying snowstorms, freezing rains and frigid temperatures cut power from Maine to Seattle, forcing major grid operators to shut down rolling blackouts to the 65 million people they serve in the eastern United States. I warned you that you might need

Pennsylvania-based PJM Interconnection said the frigid weather was making power plant operations difficult and asked residents in 13 states to refrain from unnecessary power use. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which supplies power to 10 million people in Tennessee and parts of six surrounding states, has instructed local power companies to implement rolling blackouts, but will take action by Saturday afternoon. Finished.

A woman waits for a bus as freezing temperatures arrive with a winter storm in Louisville, Kentucky, December 23, 2022.

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In six New England states, more than 273,000 electricity customers remained without power on Saturday. Maine has been hit hardest, with some utilities warning it could take days before power is restored. The PJM Interconnection, which covers all or parts of 13 states and Washington, DC, also warned that rolling blackouts may be required.

In North Carolina, 169,000 customers were without power Saturday afternoon, down from a peak of more than 485,000, but utility officials said rolling blackouts will continue “for the next few days.” That’s it.

Those without power included James Reynolds of Greensboro, a 70-year-old housemate with diabetes and severe arthritis, who was bundled up by a kerosene heater in the morning and whose room temperature was “50 degrees”. It was a stand.

In the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga, two people died at their home on Friday after paramedics failed to arrive in time to treat the medical emergency, according to Erie County Administrator Mark Polonkers. He said another person died in Buffalo and said the blizzard could be “the worst storm in the history of our community.”

Forecasters said Buffalo had 28 inches of snow as of Saturday, part of an area that got 6 feet. exactly one month agoAs a result, three people died. Expect more overnight.

A crash blocked the furnace in Brian Laprad’s home. He found the temperature in his Buffalo home to drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday morning.

“This morning I had to go out and dig out the vents,” Laprade told the Associated Press. “As expected, the snow was higher than the snow blower”

According to Polonkers, in areas where ambulances can drive through snow, one trip to the hospital required an ambulance of more than three hours. The road was plowed, but progress was slowed by large snowdrifts, abandoned cars and downed power lines.

Ice covers Hawk's Restaurant along the shoreline of Lake Erie in Hamburg, New York, December 24, 2022.
Ice covers Hawk’s Restaurant along the shoreline of Lake Erie in Hamburg, New York, December 24, 2022.

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Four people died in a large pile involving about 50 vehicles on a turnpike in Ohio. A Kansas City, Missouri, driver died Thursday after skidding into a creek, and three others died Wednesday in another crash on icy roads in northern Kansas.

An Ohio utility worker also died Friday trying to restore power, the company said.The Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative said a 22-year-old man died in an “electrical contact accident” near Pedro, Lawrence County. said.

A Vermont woman died in a hospital Friday after strong winds knocked over a tree.Police in Colorado Springs said they found the body of a person believed to be homeless as freezing temperatures and snow poured into the area. A 57-year-old woman died Friday after falling from river ice in Madison, Wisconsin, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.

In Lansing, Michigan, an 82-year-old woman died Friday morning after being found curled up in the snow outside a supported living community, Bass Township Police reported. A snowplow driver spotted the woman when the temperature dropped to around 10 degrees.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said one person died in a weather-related traffic accident in western Kentucky, killing a homeless person in Louisville.

On Interstate 71 in Kentucky, Terry Henderson and her husband Rick were stuck in a massive traffic jam for 34 hours after multiple accidents. The truck driver survived the wait on a rig with a diesel heater, toilet and refrigerator, but regrets trying to drive from Alabama to her home near Akron, Ohio, on Christmas. I was.

“We wish we had stayed,” said Terry Henderson after they moved in again on Saturday.

The storm was nearly unprecedented in its extent, from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande River along the border with Mexico. About 60% of Americans faced some kind of winter weather advisory or warning, with temperatures well below normal east of the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachian Mountains, the National Weather Service said.

As millions of Americans traveled before Christmas, more than 2,360 flights in and out of the US were canceled on Saturday, according to tracking site FlightAware. Airlines were catching up with crew shortages and de-icing, delaying a return to normal, he reports Ruchim. In Seattle, an ice storm closed multiple runways.

In Mexico, migrants camped in unusually cold weather near the US border while awaiting a US Supreme Court decision on pandemic-era restrictions that would prevent many from seeking asylum.

The forecaster bomb cyclone — when atmospheric pressure dropped rapidly in a strong storm — occurred near the Great Lakes, stirring up blizzard conditions such as high winds and snow.

Western New York State often sees dramatic lake-effect snow caused by cold air picking up moisture from warm water and bringing it down to land. But even residents of the area found the situation dire on Christmas Eve.

Latricia Stroud said she and her two daughters, ages 1 and 12, have been stranded in their Buffalo home without heat or electricity since the snow was too deep to get out on Friday afternoon. said.

“You have to cross a snowman to get out,” Stroud told The Associated Press. “There’s a warming center. You need a car to get there.”

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