Power cuts, flights grounded as snowstorm blankets US east coast

New York, US, Jan 30 (EFE).- The snowstorm that has hit the northeastern United States since Friday, classified as a “bomb cyclone” by meteorologists, has left in its wake dense layers of snow, icy winds, numerous power outages in the state of Massachusetts and thousands of flight cancellations.

In Massachusetts, 54,462 users suffered power outages on Sunday morning as a result of the storm. On Saturday, over 100,000 people were affected, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Most of the recorded power outages in the state are in the Cape Cod area and along the state’s southern coast.

Although the worst of the storm is over, major flight cancellations continued to be reported Sunday, with a total of 1,299 flights nationwide.

New York’s JFK Airport canceled 321 flights on Sunday, down from 891 the day before, while LaGuardia grounded 371 aircraft (556 yesterday) and nearby Newark Airport (New Jersey) grounded 91 flights, down from 608 on Saturday.

Boston airport canceled 321 flights, almost half the amount that did not take off on Saturday.

A bomb cyclone designates a storm that strengthens rapidly, usually because the pressure drops more than 24 millibars in a 24-hour period. This sharp drop in pressure causes strong winds to form.

“The snow is behind us, and plow crews are out working to clear roads. It’s a cold but sunny Sunday to bundle up, catch up on shoveling, and enjoy the snow,,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said on Twitter.

Many residents of the city have been scrambling to remove the snow that fell in front of their homes and in many cases blocked parked vehicles.

The storm left in Boston a layer of 60 centimeters of snow, which reached 72 in the town of Sharon.

In the state of New York, the snow also reached 60 centimeters in Suffolk County and in New York City, the iconic Central Park was covered with a blanket of 21 centimeters.

After the passage of the storm, the northeast of the country and the Appalachian area is threatened by cold winds that in some areas can be up to 60 kilometers per hour and are accompanied by significant drops in temperatures that will also be felt in southern Florida. EFE


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