Severe winter storm kills at least three

(Washington) A violent winter storm crossed part of the United States on Tuesday, causing tornadoes in the south and killing three people there according to local authorities.


Strong winds and snowstorms are also hitting the north of the country and hundreds of thousands of homes are without electricity.

Heavy rain leading to flooding, strong winds with gusts likely to exceed 80 km/h and thunderstorms are affecting the east coast of the United States, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), the US meteorological agency

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Times Square, New York, January 9, 2024

“Don’t underestimate this one,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy warned in an interview with local media, calling the storm “unusual.”

Deteriorating weather led Air Force 2, Vice President Kamala Harris’ plane, to be diverted to Dulles International Airport in Virginia, instead of landing at Andrews Air Force Base. in Maryland.

Tornadoes struck the Southeast, including Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis placed 49 counties under a state of emergency. Drone footage showed trees lying on the ground and buildings with their roofs torn off.

At least three people were killed in the storm in the south of the country, according to local authorities.

In North Carolina, one person was killed on a lot of mobile homes, several of which were damaged, according to Catawba County officials. In Georgia, a tree falling on a vehicle killed another person, according to Clayton County police. In Alabama, an octogenarian lost her life when a tornado hit her mobile home, according to authorities in Houston County.

More than 890,000 homes without electricity

More than 890,000 customers were without power as of Tuesday evening, mainly in the east of the country, according to the monitoring site Poweroutage.us.

This winter storm also brought significant snowfall to the north-central part of the country (2 to 5 cm per hour), precipitation which is now gradually affecting the Great Lakes region, according to the meteorological service.

In the northwest United States, snowstorm warnings were also issued for the first time in a decade in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, according to the New York Times.

Snowstorms are expected to continue there Wednesday and lead to snow accumulations of “several” centimeters in the region, according to the NWS.

New York City was also bracing for heavy rain accompanied by powerful winds between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

“According to updated National Weather forecasts, widespread power outages are now expected,” local authorities wrote in a statement, pointing to the risk of flooding and coastal flooding.

This bad weather is already having an effect on air traffic, with more than 1,300 flights canceled and 8,600 delayed Tuesday across the United States, according to the FlightAware.com website.

In the United States and the rest of the world, the frequency, intensity, and unpredictability of severe weather are increasing due to climate change.


reference: www.lapresse.ca

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