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Winter Storm Death Count Climbs to 39: Blistering Blizzard Conditions Swept the Region

Winter Storm death count climbs to 39
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The blistering blizzard condition in western New York continues to crack climbing the death count to 39. Most parts of Western New York have been buried under snow leaving vehicles struck and power out on Christmas Eve. Western New York is drowning in 43 inches of thick snow. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul described the winter storm as the “most devastating storm in Buffalo’s long-storied history.”. The temperature on the entire east coast is reduced to 10 to 25 degrees below average.

Due to the heavy snowfall roads were impassable with foggy visibility and thus the rescue teams and hundreds of plow drivers inflamed out on Christmas day. Moreover, emergency and recovery vehicles, which were sent out for help also get stuck in the snow.

Winter Storm death count climbs to 39

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According to the officials, eleven ambulances were dug out on Sunday. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz in the conference said:

“The rescue team was rescuing rescuers … it was so horrible,” Many of New York’s weather-related fatalities were in Erie County, where some people were found dead in cars and on the street in snowbanks,”

Governor Hochul in a conference said: “We’re still in the throes of this very dangerous life-threatening situation,” “Our state and county plows have been out there, nonstop, giving up time and putting themselves in danger, driving through blinding snowstorms to clear the roads,”

He further added: “Think about looking just a few feet in front of you at a sheet of white for more than 24 hours in a row. That’s what it was like outside in the worst conditions,” he said. “It was continual blizzard and white outs such that no one could see where they were going. Nobody had any idea what was happening.”

Winter Storm death count climbs to 39

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Even though 94.5% of Erie County and 87% of Buffalo residents have restored their power there were still 12000 houses and businesses in Erie County deprived of power on Sunday evening and won’t have lights until Tuesday. As per the estimation of the National Weather Service the devastating snowfall will remain to continue with a high of 23 degrees in the daytime and a low of 18 at night.

The blizzard storm had affected the lives of more than 10 million people across multiple states including Tallahassee, Mobile, Montgomery Orlando, Jacksonville, and Birmingham. Moreover, the sub-freezing temperature also causes damage to crops. Due to The winter storm flights are also cancelled in the US. It was reported that 5000 flights were cancelled Friday, over 3400 flights were cancelled Saturday and more than 3100 flights were cancelled for Christmas Day.

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