A potentially deadly snowstorm has hit the northeastern United States
Sylvie Claire / January 30, 2022
The northeast coast of the United States was paralyzed by the blizzard on Saturday, while a woman was found dead in her car, probably victim of the cold.
Terrible gusts of icy wind swept across the northeastern United States on Saturday, January 29, paralyzing transportation and the daily lives of 70 million people. A state of emergency had been declared the evening before for the states of New York and New Jersey. The Governor of the State of New York, Kathy Hochul, had asked to avoid at all costs travel and warned against a very serious storm and potentially deadly. After its passage, we counted for now only one victim: a woman found lifeless in her car, possibly died of cold, according to the chief of Nassau County, Bruce Blakeman.
The National Weather Service (NWS) recorded wind gusts of 80 to 120 km/h and predicted polar temperatures during the night from Saturday to Sunday.
A large part of the New England region and the east of the country was all day Saturday under a blizzard warning, called bomb cyclone by the U.S. weather. In New York, the deserted streets were beaten by a freezing wind, while there were at least 30 centimeters of snow on the sidewalks of the trendy neighborhood of Cobble Hill in Brooklyn, and 60 cm on Long Island, north of the megalopolis, according to the governor. Parks across the city were crowded with sledders and cross-country skiers.
Train lines serving New York's northern suburbs were at a standstill all day. Even further north, in Massachusetts, some 90,000 homes were without power according to the website poweroutage.us, around 8 p.m.
At airports in the Northeast, some 3,500 flights were canceled Saturday and more than 1,000 were already canceled for Sunday, both inbound and outbound, according to the flight-tracking site FlightAware. Even to the south, in usually tropical Florida, freeze warnings were issued.