A winter storm hits the eastern United States: alert for snowfall and gusts in the north and even a tornado in Florida
WASHINGTON.- A great winter storm hits the east of the country with snow, ice and strong winds and caused road disturbances, flight suspensions and power outages for some 130,000 households in the early hours of Monday, while causing the formation of a tornado in Florida.
The National Metereological Service The NWS said the storm combines heavy snow, freezing rain, and gusty winds impacted the Southeast and mid-Atlantic coast before heading to New England and southern Canada.
Up to a foot of snow is expected in a swath of territory stretching from the northern Ohio Valley to the southern Great Lakes region, in parts of New England, New York state, Ohio and Pennsylvania through Tuesday. in the morning.
More of 80 million people are under climate alerts, US media reported.
Since mid-Sunday, some 235,000 customers had lost power in the southeast, but by early Monday morning that number had dropped to 130,000 households, according to website PowerOutage.US.
The meteorologists in Buffalo, New York, reported that the snow was falling rapidly. “Woof! The (last) measurements at 1 AM were 4.6 inches (11.68 centimeters) in the last hour at Buffalo Airport!” the National Weather Service in Buffalo tweeted overnight. “And add another 4 inches in the last hour until 2 in the morning! The total so far from Sunday night, 10.2 inches (25.9 centimeters).”
Meanwhile, New York City hoped to be spared most, if not all, of the snowfall. The meteorological service (NWS, for its acronym in English) issued an alert this morning for severe thunderstorm for the city, including Brooklyn and Queens.
Forecasters expected wind gusts in the city of about 45 miles per hour (72 kilometers per hour), and about 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers) per hour on Long Island.
Hail and rain were the main threats for much of Massachusetts, Connecticut y Rhode Island, where snowfall turned to rain overnight. NWS experts in Boston expected wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour.
Transportation was severely damaged by the storm. Some 3,000 flights within, to or from the United States were canceled on Sunday, according to the FlightAware website, and another 4,200 were delayed.
A portion of the busy interstate highway I-95 was closed in North Carolina. Drivers were alerted to hazardous conditions on roads and highways, which were expected to be icy again today, putting drivers at risk.
There were even a few crashes in the early morning hours, including a crash involving an ambulance on Interstate 279 in Pittsburgh, according to KDKA-TV. It was not clear if there were any injuries.
The huge winter storm caused similar conditions in the Southeast on Sunday. Several states recorded snowfall and thunderstorms in Florida included a tornado with winds of 118 miles (190 kilometers) per hour. Thirty mobile homes were destroyed and 51 sustained major damage. Three minor injuries were reported.
The NWS reported that flurries were even reported in Pensacola, Florida, while Atlanta, Georgia, usually mild, also had a snowfall.
Some coastal flooding is expected and the NWS warned that winds on the Atlantic coast could approach hurricane force.
Snow already hit the northeastern United States earlier this month. A storm left hundreds of motorists trapped for more than 24 hours on a highway connecting to Washington.
AP and AFP Agencies