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Arctic blast: 18 killed, thousands without power as winter storm grips US

A fierce winter storm has killed at least 18 people across the country, knocked out power to hundreds of homes and businesses and left millions worried about the prospect of Christmas Eve blackouts. 18 Dead As Massive Winter Storm Leaves Millions With Bitter Cold Across US

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

Washington: A fierce winter storm has killed at least 18 people across the country, knocked out power to hundreds of homes and businesses and left millions worried about the prospect of Christmas Eve blackouts. 48 states of America are currently in the grip of dangerous winter. On Friday, the snow storm in the country worsened the situation. About 15 lakh households do not have electricity and due to this the situation has worsened. The agony of winter is being felt from New York to Washington and the Mexico border.

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The strong storm in the Arctic has caused the same condition from America to Canada. Due to this storm, there were strong winds and the temperature has reached blood-freezing conditions. Flights are canceled at many major airports and traveling has become very difficult. Elliot storm has knocked in the Arctic Ocean on Friday and because of this this form of weather is being seen.

On Wednesday, America’s Chiyan City fell to 40 degrees in just half an hour. This city comes in the state of Wyoming and here in 24 hours, the temperature dropped by 51 degrees. At 1:05 in the afternoon the temperature was 6.1 degrees but by 1:35 it had come down to -16 degrees. Within two hours it reached -22 degrees. Due to this storm, snow has been spread for more than three thousand kilometers. Due to this people are not even able to drive.

Power is out from Texas to Maine and people don’t know what to do. The heating equipments are not being turned on and due to this it has become difficult to face the winter.

The artic blast left millions more to worry about the prospect of further power outages, and crippled police and fire departments across the country.

Arctic Blast US issues dangerous cold warning temperatures drop below -40C over 2000 flights cancelled
Arctic Blast: US issues dangerous cold warning, temperatures drop below -40°C; over 2,000 flights cancelled

Heavy snowfall and strong winds made the lives of people in New York’s Buffalo tougher. Wind speeds reached higher than 60 miles per hour at times in some places and there were more than 2 feet of heavy snow in some regions of Buffalo.

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Temperatures were well below the zero-degree mark on Saturday. As per reports, blizzard conditions are expected to continue through at least Sunday morning, especially in regions like Erie County.

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