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Friday, January 27, 2023

A historic cold snap causes a chaotic Christmas in the United States

The United States, like a good portion of the world, is looking forward to Christmas Eve celebrations today, after two Christmases disrupted for many Winter surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, But Christmas plans for many have gone awry: With historic cold wave temperatures of about -40 degrees Thousands of flights were canceled yesterday, entire regions were made impossible to move around and power was knocked out for millions of people, as some parts of the country and others experienced record cold.

Arctic cold affects most of the country: about 200 million people, nearly two-thirds of the US population, woke up to extreme wind chill yesterday. The condition extends from the northwestern tip of the country, in Washington state, to southern states such as Texas and the Southeast, with the most extreme conditions in the Great Lakes region and Midwest.

The only areas spared from the cold were the southwest—such as California, the most populous state in the country, New Mexico or Nevada—, Florida and the northeastern tip. However, it was expected that from tomorrow afternoon itself, the effect of the polar wave would start being felt in the afternoon as well.

record in south

The phenomenon the United States is facing this Christmas weekend is an explosive cyclogenesis, or cyclone bomb, a excessive pressure reduction It is very quickly pushed by, in this case, cold temperatures and strong winds, which intensifies the thermal sensation.

It was freezing cold yesterday in some areas of the US. In North Dakota near Canada, where the polar cold current came from, it was about 40 degrees below zero. But not far from there, as in Nashville (Tennessee), temperatures inappropriate for those regions were recorded: the city reached -18 degrees, the lowest in almost three decades.

Weather forecasts pointed to at least 44 of the country’s 50 states experiencing below-average temperatures for these dates over the weekend. “You have to take this storm seriously,” Joe Biden warned on Thursday, asking Americans to travel before Friday.

One of the biggest impacts was transportation, at a time when millions of Americans travel to the country to spend Christmas with their families. As of yesterday afternoon, more than 9,000 flights had already been canceled, following 11,000 canceled on Thursday, and many more were expected during the rest of the day and into today.

frozen track

Some of the most affected airports were Seattle (where all flights were canceled due to freezing of the runway) and cities in the Midwest such as Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland or Buffalo.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said of the situation at the airports, “The problem is the freezing temperatures, which were getting worse as the day went on.” “It limits the ability of operators.”

On the roads, the situation was also chaotic in different regions of the country. in Kentucky, at least three people had died in traffic accidents Due to the cold, more victims were also recorded in Kansas and Oklahoma. In heavily affected areas, such as Erie County, in upstate New York, on the lake that gives it its name, officials banned the use of vehicles by individuals.

That lake as well as Ontario faced flood threats and waves of up to ten meters were expected. In another part of New York, where officials have declared a state of emergency, rising seas also threaten low-lying areas in Nassau County, Long Island.

without leaving home

Recommendations not to leave home except for essential transfers were reiterated across the country. But for many this was not the solution: the ripple effect was gone. 1.5 million people without power supply all over the country. The states most affected by the cuts were North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, New York and Connecticut. The storm also halted fuel production at at least six US refineries.

Another victim of the polar cold will be Santa Claus. Several courier companies warned yesterday that weather conditions have affected their delivery services and many packages will not reach their destinations earlier than expected: ie before Christmas morning.

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