Christmas Day outages plague Americans and Canadians due to the winter stormthat is continuing to batter North America. This means that more than one million people in the United States and Canada will spend Christmas Day without power.
Snow, high winds, and subfreezing temperatures have been brought on by a bomb cyclone, which occurs when the atmospheric pressure drops dramatically. There have been at least 19 fatalities attributed to the storm, which stretches more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from Quebec to Texas and affects almost 250 million people.
During this holiday season, there has been cancellation of thousands of flights. Temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit have been recorded in the state of Montana, located in the western United States.
Conditions described as being very close to a whiteout have been reported in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The United States National Weather Service (NWS) stated that visibility was "zero miles" in the city of Buffalo, which is located in the state of New York.
Residents of the Pacific Northwest engaged in ice skating on the city streets of Seattle and Portland while they were frozen over. There have been reports of coastal flooding in the north-eastern New England region of the United States, which has inundated villages and brought down power lines.
Warnings of dangerously low temperatures have been issued for the entire southern United States, including the typically warmer states of Florida and Georgia. The only location that has, for the most part, been spared the freezing weather is California, which is shielded from the rest of the continent by the mountain ranges that are found there.
Within Canada, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec were the ones experiencing the most severe effects of the arctic blast. Warnings of severe cold and winter storms had been issued for a large portion of the rest of the country, ranging from British Columbia to Newfoundland.
Accidents on the roads have been responsible for a number of the deaths that have occurred as a direct result of the storm, including a pileup involving fifty vehicles that occurred in Ohio and resulted in the deaths of four drivers. Four more people lost their lives as a result of separate accidents in the state.
The lack of snowplow operators around the country was making travel more difficult, and the fault was placed on the low pay rates that were being offered.
How a bomb cyclone can develop
According to the NWS, during the course of the next few days, more than one hundred daily cold temperature records might be tied or broken.