According to regional authorities, more people have died in the US state of New York as a result of a catastrophic winter storm that rocked North America. According to authorities, at least 62 people have died in the US as a result of the severe winter storm that started on December 22 and is currently inflicting havoc across the country.
As teams continue to clear roads and first responders check on folks they couldn't reach days ago, Erie County in New York has reported 37 deaths, the highest number in the nation, according to CNN.
The remaining 25 fatalities were recorded across eleven states. At least 34 fatalities have occurred in Erie County, which includes Buffalo, according to county executive Mark Poloncarz on Wednesday. “It's a devastating storm with too many deaths”, Mr Poloncarz said during a press conference on Wednesday morning.
The hurricane that swept through the US during the holiday weekend claimed the lives of at least 60 individuals in eight states. Recently, Erie County has seen more fatalities than it did during the infamous Buffalo snowstorm of 1977. The National Weather Service reports that 29 people died as a result of the storm.
The Current Condition of the Region
The situation is beginning to get better in some of the hardest-hit areas of the US, including New York.
Less than 1,000 homes are currently without power in Erie County, and 95% of people should have electricity restored by the end of the day, according to Mr Poloncarz.
Road clearance has advanced in Buffalo, which received more than four feet (1.2m) of snow, according to county officials. Even though a driving prohibition is still in place because of the hazardous conditions, at least 65% of city roadways have at least one lane open for traffic, according to Mr Poloncarz.
The local Buffalo Niagara International Airport closed on Friday and reopened on Sunday at 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT), according to the airport's website. However, nearly all of the day's scheduled departing flights were canceled or delayed. The Buffalo rail service's restricted timetable has been re-established.
According to Mr Poloncarz, the US National Guard is performing wellness checks door to door in communities in the county that lost power because authorities are "fearful" that some people living alone may have died during the storm.
The county executive also stated that because temperatures are rising and snow is beginning to melt, the county is presently preparing for the possibility of flooding.
Terrible Winter's Effects Still Felt by People
In addition to the effects of new hazardous weather systems that have led to extra fatalities, residents in other parts of the US and Canada are still adjusting to the aftermath of the horrific winter storm.
In states in the western US and the Rocky Mountains region, significant rainfall and strong winds have been triggered by an "atmospheric river," a long, narrow route of atmospheric moisture.
The Weather Prediction Center predicts that a wave of heavy rain or mountain snow will hit the west and the US south on Thursday and may last until the end of the week.
The storm started flooding the western states of Washington and Oregon on Tuesday. According to the Oregon State Police, five people died in car accidents caused by downed trees from the storm.
One incident was a big tree falling onto the roof of a car on Highway 26 in Clatsop County on Tuesday, killing the driver, Justin Nolasco Pedraza, 19, and two passengers, a four-year-old kid, and Bonifacio Olvera Nolasco, 41. The three were all found deceased at the site by first responders.
According to outage tracker PowerOutage.us, more than 70,000 people were without electricity as of Wednesday afternoon in Washington and Oregon.
Storm Anticipated to Last Over Upcoming Weekend
The Weather Prediction Center stated that the storm is anticipated to "linger into the forthcoming weekend." Rainfall in some places could reach six inches (15 cm). According to officials, Olympia, the capital of Washington state, experienced a record-breaking high tide of 18.4 feet (5.6 meters), which allowed aquatic life to enter the streets of the city.
As moist air moves eastward, heavy snow is also expected in the higher areas of the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and Rockies, according to the Weather Prediction Center.
According to public utility company Hydro-Québec, some Canadians are still experiencing power outages as a result of the storm, including roughly 19,000 consumers in the province of Quebec.
According to power company Hydro One, there were still over 10,000 consumers without electricity in Ontario.
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