Severe Winter Storm Hits Northeast US
An expansive storm has brought chaos to the Eastern US, causing power outages, multiple rescues, and even deaths. Here’s what you need to know:
Widespread Power Outages
As freezing temperatures grip the region, over 450,000 homes and businesses are without power across the US. New York and Pennsylvania are particularly affected, with tens of thousands of residents left in the dark.
The storm has already claimed the lives of at least four people in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. Strong winds and heavy rain have caused significant destruction in these states.
More Snow Expected
While the snowfall is easing in the Midwest and Great Lakes, the interior Northeast and New England are bracing for more snow. Blizzard conditions are expected to persist in the Northwest, leading to several feet of snow in higher elevations.
Over 100 million people are under wind alerts, with gusts exceeding 55 mph. These strong winds are likely to cause power outages and coastal flooding along the Mid-Atlantic and New England.
Heavy rainfall is fueling fears of river and flash flooding in the western Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. Flash floods are possible in several states, including Virginia, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
Rain in Major Cities
Major metropolitan areas along the East Coast, including New York City and Philadelphia, could experience flooding due to 2 to 4 inches of rainfall.
Dangerous Driving Conditions
Parts of New England and the interior Northeast are facing treacherous road conditions with up to a foot of snow and gusty winds. The storm has already caused interstate closures and multiple vehicle accidents.
Tornadoes and Flight Cancellations
Tornadoes have been reported across several states, including Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Flight disruptions have also occurred, with over 1,350 flights canceled on Tuesday.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has warned that the storm could be “life-threatening.” She is particularly concerned about residents enduring freezing temperatures without power. Hochul urges people to stay safe and be aware of the potential for historic flooding.
Although the storm will eventually subside, relief is not yet in sight for the affected areas. Another storm is expected to follow on Friday and extend into the weekend, further impacting the Eastern US.
Fatalities and Destruction
Several deaths have been reported due to the storm. Falling trees and severe weather conditions have caused fatalities in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina. Numerous buildings have been damaged, and recovery efforts are expected to take weeks.
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Read More of this Story at www.cnn.com – 2024-01-10 11:34:00
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