As the winter storm grinds on, the death toll in the United States climbs
According to local officials, a devastating winter storm that struck North America has claimed additional lives in the US state of New York.
According to county executive Mark Poloncarz, at least 34 individuals have died in Erie County, including Buffalo.
Authorities are still looking for three of the victims.
The storm that blasted through the United States during the holiday weekend killed at least 60 people in eight states.
More people have died in Erie County in the previous few days than in the historic Buffalo snowstorm of 1977. According to the National Weather Service, 29 persons were killed in the storm.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Mr. Poloncarz remarked, “It’s a horrible storm with distant too many lives.”
However, conditions in some of the worst-affected areas of the United States, including New York, are beginning to improve.
Mr. Poloncarz stated that less than 1,000 houses in Erie County are currently without electricity and that 95% of homeowners should have power restored by the end of the day.
According to county officials, the city of Buffalo, which received more than four feet (1.2m) of snow, has made headway in cleaning roadways. According to Mr. Poloncarz, at least 65% of city roadways have at least one passing lane. However, a driving prohibition remains in effect owing to dangerous conditions.
After closing last Friday, the local Buffalo Niagara International Airport reopened at 11:00 a.m. local time (16:00 GMT). However, according to the airport’s website, nearly all scheduled departure flights for the day were cancel or delayed.
Buffalo’s rail service has resumed operations on a limited basis.
According to Mr. Poloncarz, the US National Guard is going door-to-door in regions of the county that lost power to do health checks because officials are “fearful” that some persons living alone died during the storm.
The county is preparing for flooding with temperatures rising and snow melting, according to the county executive.
Residents in the United States and Canada are still dealing with the aftermath of the terrible winter storm and other dangerous weather systems that have claimed countless lives.
As a result of an “atmospheric river,” a long, narrow channel of moisture in the sky that can deliver major precipitation, states in the western United States and the Rocky Mountains region have seen strong winds and rain.
According to the Weather Prediction Center, a rush of heavy rain or mountain snow will likely hit the west and south of the United States on Thursday and might last through the end of the week.
The system began flooding the western states of Washington and Oregon on Tuesday, killing five people in car accidents caused by downed trees from the storm, according to Oregon State Police.
The driver, Justin Nolasco Pedraza, age 19, and two passengers, Bonifacio Olvera Nolasco, age 41, and a four-year-old girl, were all killed on Tuesday on Highway 26 in Clatsop County, according to the Oregon State Police. First responders arrived on the scene and found all three of them dead.
According to outage tracker PowerOutage.us, more than 70,000 customers in Washington and Oregon were without power as of Wednesday afternoon.
The storm is anticipated to “linger into the approaching weekend,” according to the Weather Prediction Center.
Some places may receive up to six inches (15 cm) of rain.
According to officials, the Washington state capital of Olympia had a record high tide of 18.4 feet (5.6 meters), bringing marine life into the city’s streets.
On Twitter, a local journalist posted videos of jellyfish in flooded city streets and a local citizen attempting to rescue the critters.
Heavy snow is also expect in the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and Rockies as moist air pushes eastward, according to the Weather Prediction Center.
Meanwhile, some Canadians are still without power to the storm, and over 19,000 consumers in the province of Quebec, according to public utility provider Hydro-Québec on Wednesday.
According to Hydro One, more than 10,000 customers in Ontario were still without power.