A powerful snow storm hits the US East Coast: 19 million people are under weather alert and there are 120,000 users without electricity

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More than 120,000 people have been without power since yesterday due to the winter storm ‘Nor’easter’, which hits the east coast of the United States and has caused the cancellation of more than 3,500 flights in the North American country.

“Hold in for 24 hours, and sometime tomorrow, you’ll be able to go back out and resume some of your normal activities,” Rhode Island Acting Director of Emergency Management Tom Guthlein advised the population this Saturday, as picks up the chain CNN.

In addition to the 120,000 people who have lost power due to the winter storm on the East Coast, there have been scattered blackouts in other northeastern states, such as New York, where more than 600 people have lost power.

People enjoy the snow in Central Park as a powerful storm from the Northeast hits the region, in New York City, USA. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
People enjoy the snow in Central Park as a powerful storm from the Northeast hits the region, in New York City, USA. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

They have registered gusts of wind that have exceeded 97 kilometers per hour in parts of the New England region and heavy snow has also occurred from Rhode Island to North Carolina. In the city of Bayville, New Jersey, the storm has left 19 inches of snow, a record similar to the one that has fallen in New York.

The winter storm has caused states of emergency to be declared in several states, including Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

These weather conditions are expected to persist as the storm moves across Maine, with snow levels estimated to reach 1.1 to 1.5 centimeters per hour in some areas, particularly along the coast and in the Downeast Maine and during the day the storm will disperse, as reported by CNN.

A person shovels snow to clear the path of a vehicle during a Nor'easter snow storm in Brooklyn, New York, USA. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A person shovels snow to clear the path of a vehicle during a Nor’easter snow storm in Brooklyn, New York, USA. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Nearly 19 million people were under winter weather alert in six states this Saturday night, from southern New York to Maine, including New York City and Boston. Blizzard conditions are possible through early Sunday from eastern Massachusetts to eastern Maine, the National Weather Service said.

CANCELLATION OF FLIGHTS

More than 3,500 flights have been canceled in the United States since 9:00 a.m. (local time) this Saturday, with cities on the East Coast being the most affected, according to FlightAware.

The storm has caused the widespread cancellation of flights and New York’s LaGuardia airport has announced that 98 percent of the flights scheduled for this Saturday have been canceled.

Boston Logan International Airport Terminal A remains nearly empty during a powerful Northwest storm in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi
Boston Logan International Airport Terminal A remains nearly empty during a powerful Northwest storm in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi

For its part, the international airport New York JFK has canceled 80 percent of flightswhile the airport Newark Liberty of neighboring New Jersey has canceled 90 percent.

Also, the Boston Logan International Airport has canceled 91 percent of all flights, according to tracker FlightAware.

The storm will affect 75 million people from the southeast to New England this Sunday, where dangerously heavy snowfall and winds approaching hurricane intensity will take place, according to CNN.

Boston Logan International Airport Terminal E remains nearly empty during a powerful Northeast storm in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi
Boston Logan International Airport Terminal E remains nearly empty during a powerful Northeast storm in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi

“This storm is likely to strengthen at a rate and intensity equivalent to the most powerful hurricanes, so the high-level potential of this storm cannot be underestimated,” CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller warned. .

(with EP information)

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