the Air chaos continued Tuesday in the United States after date Winter Storm Elliott that left behind more than 50 dead During the holidays, half of them are in upstate New York.
The east and south of the country saw temperatures rise on Tuesday as the storm subsided, while another cold front reached the west coast with snow and rain, the National Weather Service said.
The NWS predicted that on Tuesday the minimum would be -17 degrees Celsius in the far northeast of the country, -8 degrees Celsius in the Great Lakes and -5 degrees Celsius in some areas of the east coast.
Why are flights canceled in the United States?
Despite Elliot’s end, the US Air Force issue continues with just a few days before another holiday, a holiday The new yearMore than 3,000 flights were canceled this Tuesday, according to the Flight Aware portal, leaving thousands of passengers who had planned to travel during the holidays on the ground.
The most affected are users Southwest Airlineswhich is responsible for 63% of cancellations Its telephone service lines are saturated.
Lynn Montgomery, president of the Southwest Flight Attendants Association, told CNN that “there aren’t enough staff members to change the schedule,” resulting in a “domino effect that is creating chaos across the country.”
Bob Jordan, CEO of the Dallas, Texas-based company, told the Wall Street Journal that they expect more cancellations and delays in the coming days.
The air chaos in the United States began last Thursday with the arrival of the storm, which caused 20% of operations to be canceled that day on Christmas Eve, when thousands of people sought to reunite with their families.
The extent of the storm was Almost unprecedented, with freezing temperatures It stretches from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande (also called the Rio Grande) along the Mexican border.
More than 200 million Americans, about 60% of the population, have encountered it kind of warning related to winter weather.
Hurricane-force winds and heavy snowfall from Elliott affected the power grid in several states, knocking out power to nearly 1.7 million homes and businesses at the height of the storm, though nearly all power has now been restored.
However, some 200,000 users were left without electricity This Tuesday in Oregon, Washington and California due to a new front affecting the West Coast.
New York is trying to recover
According to local media, the storm left more than 50 dead from cold and accidentsA large part of them are in the Buffalo area, northwest of New York state, where the President of the United States, Joe Biden, declared a state of emergency.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said this Tuesday that several highways have reopened in the hardest-hit area, as well as Border crossings with Canada.
Work is also continuing to reopen remaining roads in Erie County, home to Buffalo, which has recorded 28 of the 50 deaths nationwide. Bodies are found in cars, homes and streets.
It’s been decades since this city, which borders Canada and is used to being cold, hasn’t experienced such a harsh winter. Buffalo has completely snowballed, and its airport, which provides coverage for the famous Niagara Falls, remains closed.
That doesn’t mean “we can lower our guard,” the governor said, before warning that “with major highways reopening in Western New York today, we’re leaving the storm behind.”
For his part, Marc Poloncars, Erie’s chief political officer, said many people who sought shelter in shelters have already gone home and also confirmed that there is no shortage of products in the stores.
Last night, Biden ordered the federal administration to coordinate actions necessary to “alleviate the distress and suffering” caused by the storm in New York.
The president appeared last week to warn Americans not to take the storm “very seriously” and follow the authorities’ recommendations.
And those holidays were the coldest in 40 years in the eastern half of the country, including Florida, known as the “Sunshine State.”
the New York City He lived on Christmas Day with a temperature of no less than 10.5 degrees Celsius below zerosomething not seen since 1872. Washington, D.C., was minus 10 degrees Celsius, the coldest Christmas since 1983, and thermometers in Tampa, Florida, dropped below zero, which has not happened since 1966. EFE