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‘A hurricane with snow’: Brutal US storm leaves 28 dead and hundreds of thousands without power

As the US struggles with a severe winter storm, at least 28 people have been killed.

Nearly 300,000 households and businesses have been left without power due to Blizzard conditions, which has seen temperatures plummet below freezing.

On Saturday, more than 3,000 flights were cancelled. Some airports were even closed.

More than 200 million people were in some kind of weather warning on Friday .


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Image: A pileup of 46 cars on an Ohio road resulted in the deaths of four people. Photo: State Highway Patrol Ohio

Warning about 90mph winds and 20cm snow

Many authorities issued warnings about non-essential travel due to the icy roads. Hundreds of people were left stranded on their cars by hundreds of others who ventured out.

Three people were killed in car accidents in Kentucky and three more in Oklahoma. Two of these deaths occurred as winds blow the snow.

The National Weather Service in Montana warned that Glacier National Park’s eastern slope and the foothills and plains nearby could receive up to 20.3 cm of snow and wind gusts of up to 90 mph.

Montana experienced a temperature drop of -45.6C (-50F), while Havre, Montana (also in Montana) saw -39C (38) yesterday.

Maine has more than 107,000 homes without power. Utility bosses warned that it could take days for supply to be fully restored. Customers in other states have been asked to reduce their use to avoid blackouts.

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One company informed its 65 million customers across 13 states that power plants were failing to meet extreme demands and weather conditions.

Another power company requested customers to lower their thermostats from 15.6C – 16.7C, because of a temporary reduction in gas supply from one of its suppliers.

People who are homeless or without power are offered shelter in emergency shelters. Firewood is also available for Native American tribes living in remote areas.

At least 24 people died in the storm.

* Colorado: Two “environmental exposure” deaths

* Kansas: Three traffic accidents – In Republic County, a 60-year old man was killed when his car was struck and jack-knifed by another vehicle; A 33 year-old man was killed after his truck spun across the median of Interstate 70. Geary County. And in Saline County, a 21 year-old was killed when the SUV in which he was a passenger crashed into a ditch.

* Kentucky: Two deaths from vehicle accidents and one death due to exposure

* Four people died in a 46-car pileup near Sandusky. There were also four more deaths following a crash in Franklin Township, where a tractor-trailer driver crashed through the barrier and struck cars from the other direction.

* Nebraska: One weather-related vehicle accident death

Missouri: A man was killed after his car crashed on an icy road. He lost control and went over an embankment, over an cement wall, and ended up upside down in a creek.

* New York: Four deaths

* Oklahoma: Three road fatalities

* Michigan: A Lansing woman aged 82 died after she was found in the snow outside of her assisted living facility.

* Tennessee: Memphis, Tennessee: A man was discovered dead. Although authorities have not provided any details, they say that the death was weather-related.

* Wisconsin: Troopers arrived at an accident scene and were slowing down to avoid a second collision. A pick-up truck struck a tractor-trailer unit after leaving the road. The truck driver was killed.

Portland, Oregon: Severe weather shelters provided tents and tarpaulins for people who needed them, as they were closed by bad weather.

Officials said that more than 1,100 people sought warmth at five of the city’s emergency weather shelters.

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“I don’t know how the will survive”

“One of the most destructive storms in human history”

Buffalo, New York – Deep snow, freezing temperatures, and power outages caused people to search churches, police stations, and any other places that could have heating.

Mark Poloncarz, Erie County executive, stated that ambulances took more than three hours to get to a hospital. He said roads were still blocked by snow, abandoned cars, and downed power lines.

Kathy Hochul, New York Governor, said that the storm was “one the most severe in history”. Timothy Carney, Erie County Sheriff’s Office stated: “It’s basically a category 3 hurricane with some snow mixed in. For the past 24 hours, it’s been this way.



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