Millions across the US are braving the deep freeze, which brought along massive traffic snarls and power blackouts. More than 30 people are reported dead in the year-ending brutal weather conditions, which has wreaked havoc in many parts of the country as well as in Canada.
The storm unleashed misery during the Christmas weekend as tens of thousands of people had their holiday plan toppled. Latest satellite images, however, show the five-day storm – featuring blizzard conditions and ferocious winds – finally easing off.
Stretching from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico, the monster storm has caused unprecedented inconvenience to travellers and locals over the holiday weekend. Thousands of flights have been cancelled over the last few days. About 60 per cent of the US population is said to be facing the weather warning and the temperatures have dropped sharply.
Emergency services continue to remain stuck in many parts. One of the worst hit areas is New York’s Buffalo. New York Governor Kathy Hochul was quoted saying “almost every fire truck in the city was stranded Saturday.” The airport would be shut through Tuesday morning, officials have informed.
Winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour and roads and streets packed with snow defined the scenes. The Buffalo storm is “a crisis of epic proportion” and “the worst of the worst,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a native of Buffalo, told reporters.
Meanwhile, sub-zero temperature drop was registered across 48 states in the US.