Buffalo. At least 24 people have died due to the snowstorm in America. There is a possibility of increased death toll due to people being trapped in snowfall in many places. Due to an interruption in the power supply, the lights of homes and commercial establishments have gone out in many areas and millions of people are at risk of living in the dark. A thick layer of snow covered houses and vehicles. Due to strong winds, trees fell in many places and power lines were also damaged.
The storm affected a wide area from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande bordering Mexico. The National Weather Service said about 60% of the U.S. population is under a weather advisory or warning, and temperatures from the Rocky Mountains east to Appalachia have fallen well below the normal. According to the “FlightAware” website, which monitors the movement of planes, until the early hours of Sunday, about 1,346 domestic and international flights have been canceled.
The storm caused the most damage in Buffalo, New York. The operation of the emergency response service to reach out to the population has also been disrupted. The city’s international airport was also closed due to heavy snowfall. US officials attributed the death to the storm’s grip, a car accident, falling trees and other effects of the storm. At least three people have died in the Buffalo area. New York Governor Cathy Hochul said due to the storm, the operation of emergency services in Buffalo also came to a halt. Buffalo Niagara International Airport will be closed Monday and all of Buffalo’s fire engines are stuck in snow.
There was 43 inches of snow at the airport as of 7 a.m. Sunday. There is also a delay in reaching the ambulance. Erie County Officer Mark Polonkarz said it took the ambulance more than three hours to reach the hospital. Emergency services personnel were unable to get him to the hospital in time. There are difficulties in restoring power to areas affected by the storm. According to ‘Poweroutages.us’, the power supply to three million homes is out until 8am on Sunday.
Power is blocked in 6,600 homes in North Carolina. Electricity department officials said supply could remain affected for the next few days. Two people died in Cheektowaga, New York. In Ohio, 10 people died in various storm-related incidents. About 50 vehicles collided at one location on Ohio Highway. At the same time, seven people died in various accidents in Erie County, New York. Four people died at different locations in Missouri and Kansas.
FIRST POST: December 26, 2022, 01:38 HST