Nova Inglaterra escava após nevasca

Nova Inglaterra escava após nevasca

Uma clássica tempestade "Nor'easter" que trouxe uma forte nevasca para a Nova Inglaterra finalmente cedeu em 8 de fevereiro de 1978, e a região começa a cavar sob vários metros de neve. Nas 72 horas anteriores, algumas áreas de Rhode Island e Massachusetts receberam até 55 polegadas de neve.

Três grandes sistemas climáticos convergiram perto da costa do Atlântico em 5 de fevereiro, e a cidade de Nova York foi a primeira a ser atingida por uma tempestade de neve. Conforme a tempestade se moveu para nordeste, ela parou em Connecticut, Rhode Island e Massachusetts, pegando muitos dos residentes da região de surpresa. Estima-se que 3.500 carros foram abandonados nas ruas e rodovias de Massachusetts e várias pessoas morreram em seus veículos na Interestadual 93 quando ficaram presos. Apesar do clima, um playoff de hóquei universitário foi disputado no Boston Garden, e muitos dos espectadores não puderam voltar para casa.

Em 6 de fevereiro, a nevasca provocou fortes ventos sustentados de até 80 quilômetros por hora, com rajadas de quase 160 quilômetros por hora. Ondas de 15 metros na costa de Massachusetts destruíram casas à beira-mar, enquanto mais ao norte, no Maine, destruíram três faróis e um píer de diversões.

Uma das comunidades mais atingidas na Nova Inglaterra foi Providence, Rhode Island, onde viajar se tornou quase impossível e o governador Joseph Garrahy ordenou que todos os negócios, exceto supermercados, fossem fechados. Poucas dessas lojas tinham comida em estoque e, por fim, os suprimentos tiveram de ser transportados de avião para o Providence College. Condições semelhantes foram encontradas em áreas de Boston, e saques estouraram em alguns locais. O governador Michael Dukakis proibiu todos os carros das estradas porque os veículos presos impediam que os limpadores de neve limpassem as ruas.

No final, 56 mortes entre 5 e 8 de fevereiro foram atribuídas à nevasca. Milhares de pessoas ficaram desabrigadas. Em um incidente trágico, uma criança morreu após se perder na neve - embora ele estivesse a apenas alguns metros de sua casa, ele não pôde ser localizado. Esta foi a pior nevasca a atingir a Nova Inglaterra desde 1888.

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A Nova Inglaterra cavou e abriu caminho para sair na quarta-feira de uma nevasca épica que inundou cidades com quase um metro de neve e casas envoltas em água que rapidamente se transformou em gelo.

Massachusetts suspendeu a proibição de dirigir à meia-noite, mas Boston permaneceu em estado de emergência. Trens e ônibus começaram a circular novamente com grandes atrasos e os voos foram retomados no aeroporto de Logan.

As coisas estavam muito piores na costa e nas ilhas. Ondas costeiras gigantescas desabaram 15 metros de um paredão em Marshfield, e um hospital perdeu energia brevemente na ilha de Nantucket.

“Estamos de volta na linha”, disse o chefe William Pittman, da polícia de Nantucket, ao NBC's TODAY. “Estamos de volta ao século 21, eu acho.”

FRÍGIDA manhã em #Nordeste c / temps principalmente em um dígito / adolescentes enquanto #Juno diminui mais # movimentos de neve amanhã pic.twitter.com/dvGYX17CB1

- The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) 28 de janeiro de 2015

Os totais finais de neve foram assustadores - até 3 pés em Auburn e Hudson, Massachusetts, um recorde de 34 ½ polegadas em Worcester e 31 polegadas em South Boston. Thompson, Connecticut, tem 33½ polegadas e Burrillville, Rhode Island, 26½.

Rajadas de vento próximas à força de um furacão tiraram a usina nuclear de Plymouth, Massachusetts, e derrubou uma réplica de 33 metros de um veleiro da Guerra Revolucionária em Newport, Rhode Island.

Os aeroportos do Nordeste voltaram à vida, mas milhares de viajantes ficaram presos no emaranhado de viagens. Mais de 7.000 voos foram interrompidos durante a tempestade de dois dias, incluindo mais de 4.700 somente na terça-feira. Outros 600 foram cancelados na quarta-feira, enquanto as principais companhias aéreas lutavam para voltar aos horários normais.

A tempestade de neve atingiu Nova York, onde o total final foi de 9,8 polegadas, e os meteorologistas que pediram até 3 pés foram deixados para explicar como erraram. A tempestade se instalou mais a leste do que os modelos de previsão haviam previsto.

Louis Uccellini, chefe do Serviço Nacional de Meteorologia, ordenou que sua equipe melhorasse a comunicação com o público e revisse o tratamento dos modelos de previsão. Ele disse que o serviço de meteorologia precisa garantir que não seja visto como um alerta para futuras tempestades.


Nova Inglaterra escava após nevasca causa neve, inundações e cortes de energia

A Nova Inglaterra começou na quarta-feira seu primeiro dia de escavações após uma forte tempestade de inverno que despejou 3 pés de neve, inundou e congelou as ruas costeiras, destruiu as viagens e cortou a eletricidade para milhares.

Enquanto faziam isso, os meteorologistas disseram que mais duas voltas de neve podem estar a caminho neste fim de semana - Frank Nocera, meteorologista sênior do Serviço Meteorológico Nacional em Taunton, disse à Associated Press que uma tempestade de sexta-feira pode trazer 2 a 4 polegadas a mais de neve e rajadas de vento fortes em algumas áreas ao redor de Boston.

Outra tempestade pode trazer neve, ou neve se transformando em chuva, da noite de domingo até a manhã de segunda-feira em Massachusetts.

“Nenhuma das tempestades terá magnitude próxima à que acabamos de ter, mas realmente não há lugar para colocar mais neve”, disse Nocera. “Mesmo 2 a 4 polegadas será um inconveniente."

Auburn, Hudson e Lunenburg, no centro de Massachusetts, receberam 3 pés de neve entre segunda e terça à noite. Cidades no sul de New Hampshire e Maine ficaram logo atrás, com 33 em Nashua e 27 em Lewiston, Maine. Em Boston, os serviços de trem e voos voltaram à normalidade com cancelamentos e atrasos.

Mais de 600 voos foram cancelados na quarta-feira, enquanto as companhias aéreas tentavam recuperar o atraso com os quase 7.700 voos cancelados nos primeiros dois dias da semana.

“Os cancelamentos obviamente diminuíram em relação a ontem, então a maioria [dos aeroportos] está funcionando, instalada e funcionando”, disse Melanie Hinton, porta-voz da Airlines for America, uma associação do setor de aviação civil. “Boston ainda terá alguns atrasos e cancelamentos.” Os aeroportos de Nova York estavam aceitando todos os voos de chegada, embora ainda houvesse alguns atrasos na partida, disse ela.

Áreas do centro e leste de Massachusetts ainda estavam recuperando energia, com pequenas interrupções no Maine e no sul de New Hampshire na manhã de quarta-feira. Os governadores dos dois últimos estados pediram aos residentes que verificassem os vizinhos e evitassem dirigir.

Em Nantucket, 4.500 pessoas estavam sem energia na manhã de quarta-feira, representando mais de um terço da população da ilha. A cidade litorânea tipicamente associada às férias de verão do norte foi atingida por neve, inundações e ventos de até 78 mph - a rajada mais alta registrada da tempestade.

Rochas e destroços cobrem o chão de uma casa danificada pelas ondas do mar durante uma tempestade de inverno em Marshfield, Massachusetts. Fotografia: Michael Dwyer / AP

A empresa fornecedora de eletricidade, National Grid, estimou que 50 equipes trabalhando na ilha teriam energia de volta à meia-noite.

“Não que eu esteja contando os minutos, mas eles devem chegar aqui em 52 minutos”, disse o chefe de Nantucket, William Pittman, por volta das 10h. “O pior impacto que tivemos foi a interrupção da energia elétrica e os danos que causou à rede elétrica.”

Pittman disse que várias ruas foram inundadas e congeladas, prendendo os veículos no gelo. A interrupção do serviço elétrico pode causar problemas contínuos, já que a National Grid terá que reenergizar individualmente as casas invadidas por água salgada durante a tempestade.

Sem eletricidade para energizar fornos e caldeiras (que normalmente são controlados por termostatos elétricos), algumas casas podem ter rompido canos, causando milhares de dólares em danos adicionais que podem não ser encontrados até que os turistas visitem suas casas na primavera.

Várias cidades costeiras em Massachusetts sofreram danos semelhantes, à medida que as marés e as tempestades violaram as paredes do mar e erodiram praias, enviando água salgada para as ruas à beira-mar.

O sistema perturbador estava se movendo lentamente para o norte em direção a Nova Scotia, Canadá, de acordo com o National Weather Service. Os alertas meteorológicos para a Nova Inglaterra foram suspensos na terça-feira.


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Publicado em 27 de janeiro de 2015 e touro Atualizado em 28 de janeiro de 2015 às 22h29

Os habitantes da Nova Inglaterra, atingidos pela nevasca, estão voltando para as estradas e cavando a neve na quarta-feira, depois que uma tempestade uivante com ventos de mais de 70 mph atingiu Boston e áreas vizinhas, cortando a energia e inundando áreas costeiras.

Uma proibição de viagens em todo o estado em Massachusetts foi suspensa durante a noite, e tanto o MBTA quanto o Aeroporto Internacional Logan estão de volta e funcionando. Cerca de 8.600 clientes permanecem sem energia na Nova Inglaterra, incluindo 4.300 somente em Nantucket. Autoridades em Nantucket dizem que todas as escolas públicas, escolas particulares e escritórios municipais estarão fechados na quarta-feira.

O leste de Massachusetts, que se saiu pior do que o oeste de Massachusetts, viu mais de 60 centímetros de neve com a tempestade. Em Boston, houve uma queda de neve recorde só na terça-feira, com 18,5 polegadas de neve, quebrando o recorde anterior estabelecido em 2011 de 8,8 polegadas de neve. O prefeito Marty Walsh disse que foi a sexta maior nevasca na história da cidade. Worcester também viu uma queda de neve recorde de 34,5 polegadas.

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Walsh disse que a proibição de estacionamento na cidade permanecerá em vigor até as 17h. na quarta-feira, embora a cidade já tenha parado de emitir bilhetes e rebocar. Ele também pediu aos residentes que ajudassem a limpar seus vizinhos mais velhos e abrir caminhos ao redor dos hidrantes. No final do dia, o prefeito Marty Walsh divulgou um comunicado dizendo que as escolas permaneceriam fechadas na quinta-feira.

As inundações foram um problema em algumas áreas na maré alta na terça-feira, com uma parte do quebra-mar em Marshfield desabando, várias estradas na área de Boston fechando e algumas casas costeiras ficando envoltas em água. Cerca de 50 a 100 residentes de Marshfield foram instados a evacuar antes da maré alta na tarde de terça-feira. Nove casas foram gravemente danificadas e algumas podem precisar ser demolidas.

Um homem de New Bedford, Massachusetts, morreu na terça-feira enquanto removia a neve. Ele tinha uma condição médica preexistente que se acredita ter contribuído para sua morte. Restos humanos também foram encontrados na praia de King's Beach em Swampscott, embora não esteja claro se isso está relacionado à tempestade de alguma forma.

A Pilgrim Nuclear Station em Plymouth também teve que fechar temporariamente depois que as duas principais linhas de transmissão que saíam da usina foram paralisadas. Mas as autoridades estaduais disseram que não há problema de segurança pública.

"Vou dar a todos um A nessa", disse o governador de Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, sobre como todos lidaram com a tempestade.

Ele disse que o estado está "relativamente bem" e que os maiores problemas no futuro serão limpar as calçadas, encontrar lugares para colocar a neve e lidar com o frio e como ele afeta os sistemas de transporte público do estado.

Baker disse que houve um "debate acalorado" sobre a implementação de uma proibição de viagens, mas no final das contas ele achou que funcionou bem. No entanto, ele disse que não quer que isso se torne "a primeira alavanca que todo mundo empurra" sempre que neva.

Ele e a tenente-governadora Karyn Polito visitarão áreas danificadas pela tempestade em Scituate, Nantucket e Marshfield na quarta-feira.

A secretária do Departamento de Transportes de Massachusetts, Stephanie Pollack, disse que o trajeto na manhã de quarta-feira foi "tão bom quanto se poderia esperar, dadas as circunstâncias". O volume estava baixo em parte devido ao fato de as escolas ainda estarem fechadas.

O MBTA está funcionando na quarta-feira, mas Pollack disse que os moradores devem esperar alguns problemas no MBTA devido ao tempo frio, com possíveis avarias de equipamento e congelamento de interruptores.

"Podemos continuar a ver alguns atrasos relacionados ao frio", disse ela.

Os passageiros são encorajados a verificar o site da MBTA para atualizações completas e quaisquer alterações.

O Serviço Meteorológico Nacional emitiu no fim de semana um aviso de nevasca para uma faixa de 250 milhas da região, o que significa neve forte e rajadas e condições potenciais de whiteout. Mas Baker disse que o frio realmente ajudou nesse aspecto, já que a neve estava mais leve e não causou tantas quedas de energia quanto havia sido previsto originalmente.

O governador de Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, suspendeu a proibição de viagens de seu estado às 14h. Quarta-feira, acrescentando que houve apenas 15 acidentes nas estradas durante a proibição de viagens. No entanto, ele ainda incentiva os residentes a limitarem suas áreas de tráfego para usar o bom senso ao dirigir.

Malloy também disse que os funcionários públicos devem voltar ao trabalho na quarta-feira.

Em Rhode Island, a proibição de viagens aplicada na noite de segunda-feira foi suspensa às 20h. Terça.

A governadora de New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan, também declarou estado de emergência, que foi suspenso na manhã de quarta-feira.

Maine declarou estado de emergência na manhã de terça-feira, e Vermont relatou relativamente poucos problemas como resultado da tempestade.

Na segunda-feira, a vida parou abruptamente em toda a região quando as autoridades ordenaram que os trabalhadores voltassem para casa mais cedo, proibiram viagens, fecharam pontes e túneis e montaram suas maiores equipes de aração. O serviço MBTA também foi encerrado.

Mais de 7.700 voos de ida e volta do Nordeste foram cancelados. Escritórios do governo fechados. Os compradores que estocavam alimentos lotavam os supermercados e se acotovelavam pelo que restava.

Com tantas pessoas fora do trabalho e da escola na terça-feira, também sobrou tempo para um pouco de diversão. Em Boston, uma pessoa vestida com uma fantasia de yeti percorreu as ruas, tornando-se um fenômeno nacional em questão de horas. E em Portsmouth, New Hampshire, uma luta de bolas de neve à tarde anunciada no Facebook atraiu uma multidão de bom tamanho à Market Square.


Cidade escava após nevasca de 29 polegadas

A família Bradley em Cedar Place se divertiu trabalhando com pá e escalando uma montanha de neve na frente de sua casa. A partir da esquerda: Bob Bradley, Kim Bradley, Paige Bradley e Corinne Bradley.

WAKEFIELD - A neve começou a cair aqui, embora leve, no início da tarde de segunda-feira. Quando acabou, por volta das 5h30 desta manhã - depois da raiva e fúria de um nor'easter clássico e significativo - Wakefield recebeu 29 polegadas que se apoiavam em quase seis outras que caíram no fim de semana.

A nevasca levou a cidade e todas as comunidades no leste de Massachusetts a uma paralisação quase completa. Praticamente todas as empresas foram fechadas, as escolas foram canceladas por dois dias, as ruas estavam vazias de tudo na terça-feira, exceto fragmentos fortes e ventosos e os operadores de arado encarregados de removê-los e quando os residentes finalmente começaram o processo de limpeza, eles encontraram derrapagens altas ou pior.

Locomover-se esta manhã foi muito mais fácil do que ontem e, segundo o diretor do DPW, Richard Stinson, só foi possível por causa do trabalho realizado por este homem e por empreiteiros privados de arados, muitos dos quais trabalhavam pelo menos 30 horas seguidas.

Se você contar o início suave da tempestade na tarde de segunda-feira e o fim cada vez menor desta manhã, a nevasca durou 39 horas.

As equipes de DPW relataram trabalhar normalmente às 7 horas da manhã de segunda-feira, preparando equipamentos e materiais para o nor'easter bem previsto. Eles também começaram a pré-tratar as ruas até as 15h00. Todos os membros do DPW relataram trabalhar às 17 horas. Segunda-feira e às 17h30 as estradas estavam sendo tratadas com sal.

Por volta das 21h00, todo o conjunto de operadores de remoção de neve - municipal e privado - começou a arar. A nevasca logo aumentou em ferocidade e as tripulações tiveram tudo o que podiam para tentar se manter à frente da neve que caía. A visibilidade era um problema, assim como o fato de o vento jogar neve de volta nas ruas assim que eram aradas.

Stinson disse que três peças de remoção de neve da cidade caíram durante a nevasca: uma caminhonete com um motor soprado queimado, uma caminhonete com um pistão do arado defeituoso e outro veículo que teve seu aquecedor quebrado.

“Um dos grandes problemas era o frio”, explicou Stinson. “Usamos duas dúzias de conjuntos de escovas de limpador porque elas ficavam congelando e os pára-brisas também. Houve muito tempo de inatividade enquanto tentávamos descongelar as lâminas ou tínhamos que substituí-las. ”

“Os caras estavam trabalhando muito com muito pouco descanso”, disse Stinson. “Alguns deles trabalharam entre 30 e 39 horas seguidas, enquanto outros trabalharam de 40 a 48 horas. Todos no DPW e todos os empreiteiros fizeram um excelente trabalho em algumas condições difíceis. Eu não posso agradecê-los o suficiente. "

E o trabalho não acabou. Alguns funcionários da DPW, enviados para casa ontem às 23h, voltaram hoje às 7h, destruindo as ruas e empurrando os bancos de neve para alargar as estradas estreitas. Depois das 11h, um contingente maior de trabalhadores se reportou e vai ajudar nessa obra, além de diminuir a altura dos bancos de neve nos cruzamentos. As esquinas são extremamente perigosas para os motoristas, que são incentivados a dirigir devagar para evitar acidentes. As escolas da cidade também serão preparadas para uma possível inauguração amanhã e o estacionamento do Senior Center na Converse Street será liberado. Nas próximas noites, as equipes removerão a neve da Square, do distrito comercial de Greenwood e de outras áreas.

Stinson disse que seu departamento passará a próxima semana arando calçadas, o que pode levar a uma decisão da escola - nenhuma escola para amanhã. Ontem, Superintendente of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike disse que a segurança das crianças, seus pais e funcionários estão entre os principais fatores para determinar o cancelamento das aulas.

A coleta de lixo voltou hoje, depois de ter sido suspensa na terça-feira. O lixo de terça será coletado hoje, o lixo de quarta será coletado amanhã e assim por diante.

O pessoal do serviço de alimentação compareceu ao trabalho na noite passada para preparar o jantar para empreiteiros, funcionários do DPW, polícia, funcionários do Departamento Municipal de Gás e Luz e outros profissionais na nevasca. Stinson disse que a refeição foi planejada originalmente como um almoço ontem, mas “não podíamos deixar ninguém parar de arar. Isso é o que tivemos que fazer ”, acrescentou.

Uma pequena tempestade de inverno pode trazer mais alguns centímetros de neve de quinta a sexta-feira. Uma tempestade maior pode estar se aproximando da noite de domingo para segunda-feira.

Além de tentar limpar as ruas de Wakefield, o Departamento de Água e Esgoto da DPW consertou uma tubulação quebrada da Preston Street ontem e estava fora para fazer um reparo completo hoje.

A tempestade enterrou a área de Boston em mais de meio metro de neve e açoitou-a com ventos uivantes que ultrapassaram 70 mph. Ele abriu um buraco em um quebra-mar e inundou uma casa vazia em Marshfield e virou uma réplica de 33 metros de um navio da Guerra Revolucionária em Newport, R.I., quebrando seu mastro e perfurando seu casco.

“Tive que pular pela janela porque a porta só se abre para um lado”, disse Chuck Beliveau na cidade de Westborough, no centro de Massachusetts. “Eu me senti como uma criança de novo. Quando eu era criança, cavávamos nos montes de neve como toupeiras. "

Mas os sinais de normalidade surgiram: o transporte público de Boston funcionava na quarta-feira e os trens da Amtrak para Nova York e Washington circulavam em um horário limitado. Os voos começaram a chegar ao Aeroporto Internacional Logan, um dos centros aéreos mais movimentados do país, logo após as 8h.

O frio intenso ameaçava complicar os esforços para limpar as ruas congestionadas e restaurar a energia de mais de 15.000 clientes tremendo de frio no escuro, incluindo toda a ilha de Nantucket. Uma rajada de vento de 125 km / h foi relatada lá, e uma de 72 km / h na vizinha Martha’s Vineyard.

Esperava-se que a baixa em Boston na quarta-feira fosse de 10 graus, com uma sensação térmica de menos 5. Os meteorologistas avisaram que não vai ficar acima de zero por uma semana.

O corredor Filadélfia a Boston de mais de 35 milhões de pessoas se preparou para uma explosão paralisante na noite de segunda-feira e na terça-feira, depois que meteorologistas alertaram sobre uma tempestade de proporções potencialmente históricas.

O clima fez jus ao faturamento na Nova Inglaterra e em Long Island, em Nova York, que também foi derrotada.

Na área da cidade de Nova York, a queda de neve não foi tão ruim, caindo a menos de trinta centímetros. Na manhã de terça-feira, os ônibus e metrôs estavam começando a funcionar novamente e as proibições de trânsito lá e em Nova Jersey foram suspensas.

O golpe deixou os meteorologistas se desculpando e os políticos defendendo sua quase total paralisação das viagens. Alguns passageiros resmungaram, mas outros soaram como melhor prevenir do que remediar e até expressaram simpatia pelos meteorologistas.

O diretor do Serviço Meteorológico Nacional, Louis Uccellini, disse que sua agência deveria ter feito um trabalho melhor ao comunicar a incerteza em suas previsões. Mas ele também disse que a tempestade pode de fato provar ser uma das maiores em algumas partes de Massachusetts.

Na Nova Inglaterra, os limpadores de neve lutavam para acompanhá-los e a polícia de Boston levou várias dezenas de médicos e enfermeiras para trabalhar em hospitais. A neve cobriu Boston Common, onde os casacas vermelhas treinaram durante a Revolução, e montes de neve se amontoaram contra o Faneuil Hall, onde Samuel Adams agitava a rebelião contra os britânicos.

Mais de 60 centímetros de neve cobriram o Aeroporto Logan de Boston, o sexto maior da história. O recorde é de 27,6 polegadas em 2003. Worcester obteve 33,5 polegadas - a maior quantidade registrada desde 1905 - e Auburn e Lunenburg relataram 36 polegadas cada.

Burrillville, R.I. tem 26,5 polegadas. Mais de 20 polegadas empilhadas em Portland, Maine, e 33,5 polegadas em Thompson, Connecticut, no extremo leste de Long Island, atingiram cerca de 30 polegadas.

Duas mortes, ambas em Long Island, foram associadas à tempestade pela polícia: um jovem de 17 anos que colidiu com um poste de luz enquanto passava por uma rua com um tubo de neve e um homem de 83 anos com demência que foi encontrado morto em seu quintal.

Enquanto Filadélfia, Nova York e Nova Jersey foram avisados ​​que poderiam pegar 1 a 2 pés de neve, a cidade de Nova York recebeu pouco menos de 25 centímetros e a Filadélfia apenas cerca de um centímetro. New Jersey tem até 25 centímetros.

O meteorologista do Serviço Meteorológico Nacional, Gary Szatkowski, de Mount Holly, N.J., tuitou um pedido de desculpas: “Você tomou muitas decisões difíceis esperando que acertássemos e nós não.”

A nevasca foi um teste para o governador de Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, que assumiu o cargo três semanas atrás, e para o prefeito de Boston, Martin J. Walsh, que acabou de terminar seu primeiro ano no cargo.

Com a tempestade se aproximando, o governador proibiu todas as viagens não essenciais e o prefeito ordenou que as escolas da cidade fechassem por dois dias.

“Até agora, tudo bem”, disse o professor de ciências políticas da Tufts University, Jeffrey Berry. “O que é importante para um governador ou prefeito é parecer estar no comando e ter um plano para terminar o trabalho e fazer com que a cidade e o estado voltem a funcionar”.


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Em toda a região, os motoristas derraparam em estradas com neve e gelo em acidentes que mataram várias pessoas nas sextas e sábados. Entre os mortos estão um menino de 4 anos na Carolina do Norte, um trabalhador de transporte do Kentucky que estava arando rodovias e uma mulher cujo carro despencou em um aterro de 300 pés no Tennessee. Três pessoas morreram enquanto removiam a neve em Queens e Staten Island.

23 de janeiro de 2016: um grupo de amigos ajuda a empurrar um carro em uma vaga de estacionamento segura após ele ter ficado preso em uma estrada coberta de neve em Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer / The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

Um adolescente de Ohio andando de trenó atrás de um veículo todo-o-terreno foi atropelado por um caminhão e morto, e duas pessoas morreram de hipotermia no sudoeste da Virgínia. Na Carolina do Norte, um homem cujo carro saiu de uma estrada coberta de gelo foi preso sob a acusação de matar um motorista que parou para ajudar.

Em Kentucky, Pensilvânia e Virgínia Ocidental, os motoristas ficaram abandonados por horas em rodovias sufocadas pela neve.

Cidades litorâneas em Nova Jersey, Delaware e Maryland também tiveram que lidar com enchentes. As cidades costeiras de Nova Jersey parecem ter sofrido com o impacto da tempestade.

A primeira rodada de enchentes em Nova Jersey veio com a maré da manhã de sábado. A água começou a transbordar para as ruas de algumas cidades na noite de sábado. Uma série de cidades turísticas foi temporariamente isolada no sábado de manhã pela enchente que inundou casas e restaurantes.

"Muitas propriedades contêm água. Mas pode ser que só depois de domingo eles possam avaliar os danos", disse Diane Wieland, porta-voz do condado de Cape May.

Os alertas de vendaval estão em vigor na manhã de domingo ao longo da costa da Carolina do Norte, disse o Serviço Meteorológico Nacional, com ventos de 30 mph esperados junto com mar agitado.

Autoridades em Nova Jersey estavam avaliando os danos causados ​​pelas enchentes. Os bombeiros foram a uma área inundada de Sea Isle City para combater um incêndio em outro restaurante que pode estar relacionado ao mar alto.

Os viajantes presos incluíam o secretário de Defesa Ash Carter, cuja aeronave de alta tecnologia, o Doomsday Plane, não conseguiu pousar na Base Aérea de Andrews em Maryland após retornar da Europa. Carter foi redirecionado para Tampa, Flórida.


New England Escavações da Massive Blizzard

Milhões de pessoas no nordeste dos EUA na quarta-feira começaram a cavar para fora de uma poderosa nevasca que despejou até um metro de neve e levou a inundações costeiras em partes da região, enquanto contornava a cidade de Nova York.

BOSTON, 28 de janeiro (Reuters) - Milhões de pessoas no nordeste dos EUA na quarta-feira começaram a cavar em uma forte nevasca que despejou até 3 pés de neve e levou a inundações costeiras em partes da região, enquanto contornava a cidade de Nova York.

Previa-se que a neve continuasse caindo na área ao longo da manhã, embora o Serviço Meteorológico Nacional tivesse levantado os avisos de nevasca e tempestade de inverno em toda a Nova Inglaterra.

Em Massachusetts, que foi atingido de maneira particularmente forte, um recorde de 34,5 polegadas (88 cm) de neve caiu em Worcester, e os 24,4 polegadas (62 cm) no Aeroporto Internacional Logan de Boston se aproximaram de proporções recordes, disseram funcionários da NWS.

Massachusetts suspendeu a proibição de dirigir em todo o estado à meia-noite de terça-feira (0500 GMT de quarta-feira). Os trens, ônibus e metrôs da área de Boston foram programados para retomar o serviço normal, embora atrasos fossem previstos para o trajeto matinal.

Cerca de 12.000 clientes em toda a região atingida pela tempestade ainda estavam sem energia na quarta-feira, de acordo com as concessionárias locais, com a maior parte das interrupções em Cape Cod de Massachusetts e nas ilhas periféricas.

Na ilha turística de Nantucket, mais da metade das residências e empresas não tinham eletricidade no início da noite de terça-feira, e equipes estavam trabalhando para restaurá-la, disse o chefe de polícia William Pittman.

As enchentes costeiras causadas por tempestades aumentaram as desgraças do estado, já que as cidades baixas ao sul de Boston lutaram contra o aumento da água.

A maré alta violou um quebra-mar em Marshfield, cerca de 30 milhas (50 km) ao sul de Boston, e danificou 11 casas, várias das quais foram condenadas, disse a polícia. A polícia pediu aos residentes que evacuassem.

ESCAPANDO DO BRUNT DA TEMPESTADE

Mais ao sul, Nova York, Nova Jersey e Connecticut escaparam do pior da tempestade, apesar das terríveis previsões de meteorologistas e oficiais.

A proibição de viagens nesses estados foi suspensa na terça-feira, e o sistema de metrô da cidade de Nova York foi reiniciado após ficar fechado por 10 horas.

O mau tempo custou a vida a pelo menos duas pessoas. A polícia em Trumbull, Connecticut, disse que um homem de 80 anos desmaiou enquanto limpava a neve e morreu na terça-feira em um hospital próximo.

A polícia disse que um adolescente morreu na noite de segunda-feira quando bateu em um poste de luz enquanto passeava pela neve no subúrbio de Suffolk County, em Nova York, no extremo leste de Long Island, que tinha mais de 60 centímetros de neve em alguns lugares.

Os nova-iorquinos estavam divididos sobre se o governador Andrew Cuomo e o prefeito de Nova York, Bill de Blasio, haviam reagido exageradamente antes da tempestade. Cuomo ordenou a proibição de viagens em todas as estradas da parte sul do estado, enquanto o sistema de metrô fechou pela primeira vez na história devido à neve.

"Eu vi as consequências de outra maneira", disse ele. & quotEu preferiria estar em uma situação em que dizemos 'tivemos sorte'. & quot

A maior nevasca foi registrada fora de Boston, com 36 polegadas (91,4 cm) nas cidades de Lunenburg, Hudson e Auburn em Massachusetts, de acordo com o NWS.


New Englanders Facing Snowy & # 8216Big Dig & # 8217 After Blizzard

Os habitantes da Nova Inglaterra atingidos por uma nevasca que atingiu a altura do joelho e ventos com força de furacão começaram a cavar na quarta-feira, elogiando relutantemente os meteorologistas que receberam a dor dos nova-iorquinos e outros pouparam sua fúria total.

A tempestade enterrou a área de Boston em mais de 2 pés de neve e fustigou-a com ventos uivantes que ultrapassaram 70 mph. Ele abriu um buraco em um quebra-mar e inundou uma casa vazia em Marshfield, Massachusetts, e virou uma réplica de 33 metros de um navio da Guerra da Independência em Newport, Rhode Island, quebrando seu mastro e perfurando seu casco.

Boston está acostumada a grandes tempestades de neve e, com amplo aviso de que uma nevasca estava chegando, as autoridades mobilizaram milhares de limpadores de neve e convocaram a Guarda Nacional para garantir uma recuperação rápida.

& # 8220Nós & # 8217 saímos disso em relativamente boa forma, & # 8221 o governador Charlie Baker reconheceu na quarta-feira.

Os passageiros matinais passeavam por um emaranhado de caminhos nevados e montes de neve que davam a grande parte de Massachusetts uma sensação quase alpina.

& # 8220Eu tive que pular pela janela porque a porta só abre de uma maneira & # 8221 Chuck Beliveau disse na cidade central de Westborough afetada. & # 8220Eu me senti como uma criança de novo. Quando eu era criança, nós & # 8217d nos enterramos em montes de neve como toupeiras. & # 8221

Mas os sinais de normalidade surgiram: o transporte público de Boston e # 8217 estava funcionando e os trens da Amtrak para Nova York e Washington circulavam em um horário limitado. Os voos começaram a chegar ao Aeroporto Internacional de Logan, um dos centros aéreos mais movimentados do país, logo após as 8h de quarta-feira.

Embora a área Washington-Baltimore tenha sofrido apenas um golpe superficial, dezenas de voos foram cancelados e atrasados ​​na quarta-feira nos três principais aeroportos.

Em Massachusetts, o frio intenso ameaçou complicar os esforços para limpar as ruas congestionadas e restaurar a energia para mais de 15.000 clientes tremendo de frio no escuro, incluindo toda a ilha de Nantucket. Uma rajada de vento de 125 km / h foi relatada lá, e uma de 72 km / h na vizinha Martha & # 8217s Vineyard.

Esperava-se que a temperatura mínima em Boston na quarta-feira fosse de 10 graus, com uma sensação térmica de menos 5. Os meteorologistas avisaram que não ficaria acima de zero por uma semana, e mais neve & # 8212, embora nada de grave & # 8212 fosse esperado mais tarde na semana.

Na Nova Inglaterra, os limpa-neves lutavam para acompanhá-los, e a polícia de Boston levou várias dezenas de médicos e enfermeiras para trabalhar em hospitais. A neve cobriu o Boston Common, onde os casacas vermelhas treinaram durante a Revolução, e montes de neve se amontoaram contra o Faneuil Hall, onde Samuel Adams agitava a rebelião contra os britânicos.

Mais de 60 centímetros de neve cobriu o aeroporto de Boston & # 8217s, o sexto maior da história. O recorde é de 27,6 polegadas em 2003. Worcester obteve 33,5 polegadas & # 8212 a maior quantidade registrada desde 1905 & # 8212 e Auburn e Lunenburg relataram 36 polegadas cada.

Parts of the New Hampshire coastline got 31 inches. Burrillville, Rhode Island, got 26.5 inches. More than 20 inches piled up in Portland, Maine, and 33.5 inches in Thompson, Connecticut. Orient, on the eastern end of Long Island, got about 30 inches.

Two deaths, both on Long Island, were tied to the storm by police: a 17-year-old who crashed into a light pole while snow-tubing down a street and an 83-year-old man with dementia who was found dead in his backyard.

The Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people had braced for a paralyzing blast Monday evening and into Tuesday after forecasters warned of a storm of potentially historic proportions.

The weather lived up to its billing in New England and on New York’s Long Island, which also got clobbered.

Boston’s meteorologists were spot on: Forecasts warned the city would get more than 2 feet, and the National Weather Service said it got 24.4 inches.

“They actually got it right,” James Hansen said as he cleared a Boston sidewalk.

But while Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey had been warned they could get 1 to 2 feet of snow, New York City received just under 10 inches and Philadelphia a mere inch or so. New Jersey got up to 10 inches.

The glancing blow left forecasters apologizing and politicians defending their near-total shutdown on travel. Some commuters grumbled, but others sounded a better-safe-than-sorry note and even expressed sympathy for the weathermen.

National Weather Service forecaster Gary Szatkowski, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, tweeted an apology: “You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration’s decision to prepare for the storm by closing roads amid forecasts of more than 2 feet of snow.

“You can’t put a price on safety,” he said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.

Associated Press writers Michelle R. Smith in Providence Rhode Island Amy Crawford in Westborough, Massachusetts Jennifer Peltz, Kiley Armstrong, Ula Ilnytzky and Verena Dobnik in New York Shawn Marsh in Trenton, New Jersey Jill Colvin in Jersey City, New Jersey Geoff Mulvihill in Haddonfield, New Jersey and Sean Carlin, Michael Sisak and Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia contributed to this report.


Conteúdo

A High-pressure system with a maximum pressure of 1,052 hectopascals (31.1 inHg) moved ahead of the storm, moving eastward across Montana. A low-pressure system from the Pacific Ocean later came ashore over Northern California and crossed the Rocky Mountains, merging with an Alberta clipper low and a developing Texas low, drawing moisture from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. The storm later intensified and moved northeast, tanked, and developed a long warm front stretching toward the New England states, and moving northeast along this jet stream track.

Lake effect snow events started over Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan from northeasterly winds. Following the predominant jet pattern, the storm developed a very rapid forward trajectory and began to migrate toward the lower Great Lakes. The heaviest snow fell in a wide swath from central Oklahoma to Illinois, Indiana and the Ohio Valley. An official blizzard warning was issued in Southern Ontario for the first time since 1993, although the Canadian definition changed in 2010. [34]

Canada Edit

Nova Scotia Edit

Because the storm dumped some 40 centimetres (16 in) of snow in parts of Nova Scotia, and winds up to some 50 km/h (31 mph) to some areas in eastern Canada, schools and businesses were closed on Thursday morning, the 3rd of February. [35] Lower Sackville near Halifax received 38 cm (15 in) of snow. [36]

New Brunswick Edit

Numerous school, bus and flight cancellations occurred in the province in preparation for the biggest winter storm during the winter of 2010–2011. [37] A barn roof collapsed during the storm in the community of Baie Verte. [38]

Ontario Edit

The storm dropped 20-30 centimetres of snow over Southern Ontario. [39] Hamilton saw more than 25 centimetres due to an intense Lake Effect band from the west end of Lake Ontario caused by an enhanced wind from the east-northeast, Toronto was spared more than was forecasted with 15 centimetres and a winter storm warning in effect. Areas from the Lake Huron shoreline east to London and Hamilton were under a Blizzard Warning. There were reports of thundersnow in Windsor, Ontario when the storm began to hit the region Tuesday night on February 1 the city and nearby Chatham-Kent [40] also declared a snow emergency, effectively enacting a parking ban to ease snowplow efforts, due to forecasted snow totals of 30+ centimetres, and the snow clean-up in the city is likely to cost $700,000 CAD, about 1.5 times more than normal. [41] The Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board closed all schools for the first time since the Blizzard of 1999, a controversial decision given the less than anticipated outcome and snowfall totals resulting from the storm. [42] Schools were also closed in the Windsor area and elsewhere. [43]

Quebec Edit

A traffic pile-up stretching three kilometres near Montreal, Quebec involving a school bus and many other vehicles sent 29 people to hospital for injuries. [44] [45] All schools in the Eastern Townships School Board near Sherbrooke were closed. [46]

Newfoundland Edit

Wind speeds exceeding 50 km/h (31 mph) hit areas near Clarenville and Bonavista, while schools in eastern parts of St. John's were closed. [36]

Mexico Edit

Chihuahua Edit

Northern Mexico suffered widespread infrastructure damage from the storm, and several weather-related deaths. [47] In Chihuahua City, the temperature dropped to −18 °C (−1 °F) [48] in Ciudad Juárez, which lies just across the border from El Paso, Texas, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, a regional state of emergency was declared Tuesday evening, just ahead of the cold weather system, with Mexican authorities urging citizens to stay indoors. Despite the snow and ice that developed across the borderland, the major International Bridges remained open during the blizzard. Additionally, to help ease the electricity crash across Texas due to the freezing weather, Mexican officials arranged for the transfer of 280 megawatts of power to the United States via utility hookups located in Nuevo Laredo (across from Laredo, Texas) and Piedras Negras, Coahuila (near Eagle Pass, Texas). [49] [50] The cold wave behind the storm's cold front left temperatures plunging to −18 °C (0 °F) in the Ciudad Juárez metropolitan area, and in the mountains area plunging to −23 °C (−9 °F), resulting in the deaths of at least six people in the coldest temperatures recorded in the area in at least half a century. [51] In addition, 35 animals died at a zoo, [52] and closures of schools and factories occurred in the city. [53]

On Wednesday, authorities in Juárez announced that convoys would be traveling out to remote regions and slum areas to ensure that citizens are warm and have the supplies they need to get through the next few days. On Thursday, Mexican officials suspended energy exports to Texas, citing cold weather damage at five power stations across Mexico that resulted in a total loss of 1,000 megawatts of electricity in Northern Mexico. Power stations in Mexico were able to meet the resulting energy demands in Northern Mexico, but could not spare additional electricity to aid Texas. [54] In Juarez, overnight temperatures in the single digits left 90% of the city without water service due to frozen pipes, and the failure of thermoelectric generators at a power station in Samalayuca, 30 miles south of Juarez, left citizens without power for roughly five hours. [55]

Nuevo León Edit

In Monterrey, Nuevo León's capital city, the cold air killed many trees and other types of tropical plants. Snow was observed in the high peaks in the mountains and the fountain in the main Alameda park got frozen overnight.

United States Edit

Connecticut Edit

Connecticut experienced up to 10 inches (25 cm) of snow and 0.75 inches (1.9 cm) ice accumulations, resulting in widespread tree damage and power outages. The additional snow and ice accumulation on top of several feet of snow prior to the storm led to roof collapses in Bethany, Waterbury, and Middletown. The West Rock Tunnel on the Wilbur Cross Parkway was closed for several hours due to accidents caused by slippery conditions, while service was disrupted on the Metro-North Railroad and at Bradley International Airport. [56] [57] The heavy snow caused at least 136 roof collapses of barns, greenhouses and other farm structures. [19]

Illinois Edit

In Chicago, in anticipation of the imminent blizzard conditions, 1,300 flights were canceled at O'Hare and Midway airports. [58] By 4:30pm, CST (22:30 GMT), the storm reached blizzard status with sustained winds exceeding 35 miles per hour (56 km/h), with white-out conditions being reported by spotters in the Old Town neighborhood on the city's North Side. [59] while Lake Shore Drive was temporarily shut down due to impassable conditions. [60] City officials said on February 2, that at least 900 cars and buses were stranded on Lake Shore Drive, with their drivers and passengers being trapped in some cases for as long as 12 hours (many drivers opting to stay with their cars in the false-fear of being ticketed for abandoning their vehicles instead of walking the short distance to the high-rise buildings lining the drive), but that closing the roadway earlier could have resulted in disastrous traffic conditions and possible accidents on other Chicago area streets. [61] Tow trucks began pulling cars from Lake Shore Drive on the evening of February 2, and moving them into six temporary lots for motorists who abandoned their vehicles to arrive and claim. The city of Chicago was unable to keep track of the license plates for each vehicle, which led to complaints from many drivers and by the time they located their vehicles, many were unable to retrieve them from the lots because they were parked bumper-to-bumper. [62] on February 3, the City of Chicago reopened Lake Shore Drive to traffic before rush hour. [61]

The Chicago Public Schools announced, on February 1, that some schools will be closed and some will still be open on the following day (Wednesday, February 2), which marked the first cancellation of classes district wide since the Blizzard of 1999. [63] Heavy snow and high sustained winds gusting in excess of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h), caused rail switches to freeze on the CTA's Red Line and blew a portion of the roof off Wrigley Field. [64] [65] Northwestern University, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago canceled classes Wednesday for the first time in over a decade due to the weather. [66] [67] Over 39,000 state workers were ordered not to come into work due to the weather this was the largest figure since a blizzard in 1979. [68] Mail service was stopped on Wednesday for six post office regions in Northern Illinois. [69] Amtrak train service out of Chicago was also canceled across Illinois on Wednesday. [70] [71]

In the central part of the state, numerous municipalities were all but shut down by the storm. On Monday, residents rushed to the stores to stock up on groceries, and numerous stores reported record sales. [72] On Tuesday, several school districts and universities pre-emptively canceled classes for Tuesday evening and all-day Wednesday. [73] Many school districts planned to close a second day in a row, on Thursday. [69] About 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) of snow fell Monday night. [74] Tuesday afternoon brought heavy snowfall and sustained 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) winds, with gusts of over 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). Local government officials encouraged all businesses to close down, and local hospitals braced for the storm by preparing living and sleeping areas for essential personnel. [75] [76] Flights from area airports were canceled, and local officials repeatedly urged residents not to travel, since because of the whiteout conditions, snow plows had been taken off the roads. [76] [77] Interstate 80 was closed Tuesday night between Morris and Princeton. On Wednesday, I-290 and Illinois Route 53 were shut down from Lake Cook Road in Arlington Heights to St. Charles Road in Elmhurst. Forty vehicles were abandoned on Route 53. Parts of Interstate 57 were also shut down. The state police described most expressways as "impassable". [68] [78] 50 motorists stranded on Illinois Route 47 south of Huntley received assistance from a snowmobile club, while dozens of motorists had to be rescued on Illinois Route 72, west of Hampshire. [69] During the storm's peak on Tuesday night, more than 100,000 customers were without electricity across the state, including 79,000 ComEd customers across Northern Illinois and 35,800 Ameren customers in Central Illinois. [79] Several charities set up shelters for the homeless and those stranded by the blizzard, [80] and governor Pat Quinn mobilized 500 Illinois National Guard troops to help rescue stranded motorists. [81] Hundreds of motorists had been rescued off Interstates 290, 55, 57, and 80. In addition, over 80 traffic accidents were reported. [68]

11 snow-related deaths had been reported in Illinois by February 3. The body of an individual was recovered from Lake Michigan by Chicago Police. The pedestrian had reportedly been walking on a lake-front pathway when he had been blown into the lake by strong winds. In Grayslake, a man was killed in a crash while driving through the storm, while a woman in Mundelein died from hypothermia in her vehicle. A man in Chicago was also found dead in his home, which had no heat. In Barrington, a teacher died of a heart attack while leaving school on Tuesday. Five cardiac-related deaths from shoveling snow occurred in Lyons, Downers Grove, Mount Prospect, Carol Stream, and Glendale Heights. [23] [24] In rural LaSalle County, a man died while trying to walk through the storm after his vehicle was stranded on a rural road. [26]

21.2 inches (54 cm) of snow fell at Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, making this the third largest total snowfall in Chicago history, [78] after the infamous Chicago Blizzard of 1967, and the Blizzard of 1999. 24 inches (61 cm) fell at the 1 N Abingdon mesonet site in Knox County, in West Central Illinois. This was the largest snowfall in the history of the mesonet. Drifts of 10 to 15 feet also occurred. Snowfall rates exceeded 4 inches per hour for a few hours on Tuesday evening as well along with thunder and lightning.

Additional official snowfall totals included 20.9 inches (53 cm) at Chicago-Midway International Airport, 16.4 inches at the National Weather Service office in Romeoville, and 14.3 inches (36 cm) at Chicago Rockford International Airport. [82] The storm's highest total of 27 inches (69 cm) was reported in northwest suburban Roselle and Medinah, Illinois. [1] Peak gusts during the blizzard included 61 miles per hour (98 km/h) at O'Hare and 67 miles per hour (108 km/h) along the lakefront. [69]

Indiana Edit

Near Wheatfield, a teenage boy and a hitchhiker he picked up were killed during the blizzard when a semi crashed into the compact car they were driving in. [23] Central Indiana saw ice, followed by snow and high winds, which gusted over 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). A peak of 50,000 Duke Energy customers were without power due to the storm, including nearly half of the Purdue University campus at one point. [83] A 57-year-old South Haven resident collapsed and died after clearing snow from his driveway. The city of Indianapolis received nearly a half inch of ice from the blizzard, effectively paralyzing the city and leaving many without power.

Iowa Edit

Southeastern Iowa saw up to 18.5 inches (47 cm) of snow. The heaviest snow fell in the eastern half of the state. Des Moines fared slightly better, where only 6.5 inches (17 cm) fell. Some roads remained closed on Wednesday night, and over the course of the storm, state troopers responded to 151 accidents and assisted 428 motorists. [84]

Kansas Edit

In Kansas, 53 counties were declared disaster areas. Especially hard hit were eastern sections of the state, which saw over a foot of snow and whiteout conditions. Government offices and the state legislature were closed on Wednesday, but expected to reopen on Thursday. At least two deaths were blamed on the storm. [30] [85]

Maryland Edit

Baltimore received freezing rain during the day on 1 February, which changed to rain as temperatures rose on 2 February, and the overall icing in that region was less than expected. [86]

Massachusetts Edit

In Berkshire county snowfall amounts of 10 inches accumulated.

Michigan Edit

Missouri Edit

In Missouri, a state of emergency was declared by Governor Jay Nixon, who activated the Missouri National Guard. [89] On February 1, Interstate 70, which runs east–west from St. Louis to Kansas City, the entire width of Missouri, was closed by the Missouri Department of Transportation due to white-out conditions and increasing snowfall. It was the first time in Missouri history that any interstate was closed across the entire state.

Kansas City was under a blizzard warning for only the 2nd time since 1980, and only the 3rd time in its entire history. Columbia experienced the town's first blizzard warning with this storm in their history.

Many local school districts canceled classes, the University of Missouri shut down for an unprecedented three successive days. The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri (which received 23 inches of snow, which in turn broke the all-time record for the town for snowfall in one day) was closed an unprecedented three days as well. A scheduled St. Louis Blues hockey game on February 1 was postponed until the 22nd. Areas of Missouri also reported significant sleet accumulation. In St. Louis, some MetroLink service was suspended due to ice on the rails. Several malls were closed due to ice in the parking lots. One person in central Missouri was killed during the storm. [90]

New Jersey Edit

In New Jersey, snow, rain and ice were all problems. In central New Jersey Ice storm warnings were put into effect. [91] In portions of northern New Jersey, the forecast called for 12 inches (30 cm) of snow and over 1 inch (2.5 cm) of ice. The roads were slippery and it was hard for cars to maneuver on the roadways. [ citation needed ]

Novo México Editar

Up to 24 inches (61 cm) of snow fell in the Sangre de Cristo, and the Central Mountain Chain of New Mexico, while up to 6 inches fell in the Albuquerque Metro Area. The heaviest snowfall totals were 23 inches (58 cm) at the Santa Fe Ski Area, and 20 inches (51 cm)1 inch (2.5 cm) at Sandia Peak east of Albuquerque, Bonito Lake in Lincoln County, and Tres Ritos in Taos County. [92] A 180-mile stretch of Interstate 25 was closed between Las Cruces and Belen due to strong winds and blowing snow. [93] On Thursday evening, Governor Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency across southern New Mexico, due to the steadily decreasing natural gas supply brought about by the catastrophic failure of the El Paso Electric Company's power grid.

New York Edit

New York City received almost an inch of ice from freezing rain during the night of 1–2 February, causing public transportation on both bus routes and the Long Island Rail Road to be either delayed or shut down entirely. [94] One Long Island resident was killed by a fire sparked by cooking fuel during the storm. [95]

Ohio Edit

Ohio was on the warm sector of the low-pressure system. On the night of January 31-February 1, the Cleveland and Akron area received a Winter Storm Warning from the NWS Cleveland Field Office for snow and freezing rain. On Monday night 3–6 inches (7.6–15.2 cm) of snow fell during the pre-frontal warm front. During the overnight hours of February 1–2, as the center of low pressure moved from Missouri to lower Indiana, it carried a warm front, with warm air advection and a shallow cold air pool at the bottom. This led to freezing rain in parts of Northeast Ohio. In Canton ice accretion ranged from 0.5 to 0.75 inches (1.3 to 1.9 cm), which led to power lines and trees crashing, leaving almost 40,000 people without power. In the Greater Cleveland area, there was 0.1 inch of ice accretion and scattered outages in the Cleveland suburbs of North Royalton, where 2,000 people lost power, and also in parts of Garfield Heights and Maple Heights. Scattered outages were reported in other parts of the area.

The temperatures overnight went from 25 °F (−4 °C) at 7:00PM to 42 °F (6 °C) at 5:00 AM turning the freezing rain to liquid rain, and the NWS canceled the Winter Storm Warning earlier at 5:00. On Wednesday morning as the low moved to New England, cold air advected behind the low and temperatures had plummeted to the middle-20s Fahrenheit by 4:00 PM with Cleveland receiving 1–2 inches (2.5–5.1 cm) of snow and breezy conditions.

In the Dayton area, an Ohio Highway Trooper and his wife died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a running generator that built up gas in their home after the home lost power. [33]

Oklahoma Edit

The heavy snowfall, along with sleet and some freezing rain, began developing over Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle on the evening of January 31, with a state of emergency declared by Governor Mary Fallin earlier that day. [97] As a result of the emergency declaration, a state law prohibiting price increases of more than 10 percent on most goods and services during and for 30 days after an emergency declaration went into effect, and will remain in effect for 180 days after the declaration order for prices of repairs, remodeling and construction. The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma opened three shelters and one warming station for those stranded by the storm outdoors, the homeless, and those who lost power during the storm two in Oklahoma City, one in Norman and one in El Reno, with teams from the Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross placed on standby. [98] Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and Tulsa International Airport were closed, with Will Rogers remaining closed for 20 hours [99] I-44 from Stroud to the Missouri state line, Interstate 40 near Okemah and westbound lanes of I-40 east of Henryetta were among many major highways closed, and the Indian Nation, Creek and Muskogee turnpikes were all either closed entirely or in stretches.

Most school districts in the state including the Oklahoma City and Tulsa public school districts, as well as most Oklahoma City government offices were shut down a day in advance of the storm. The United States Postal Service released a statement saying that it was attempting to make deliveries across the state but that "some areas may be undeliverable", due to the heavy snow and very low visibility mail delivery in Oklahoma City did not occur in most areas due to the conditions. [100] Temperatures across the state on February 1 and 2nd hovered in the single digits to mid-teens. Winds gusted to near 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) at times creating ground blizzard conditions across the eastern half of the state wind chill values dropped as low as −36 °F (−38 °C) in Boise City, the lowest recorded wind chill in the state since the deployment of the Oklahoma Mesonet. [101] Heavy snow caved in the roof of a building on the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino complex in Tulsa containing a poker room and electronic casino games, the damage was confined to an area that was part of the original structure built in 1992. There was no one injured as a result of the roof collapse as no people were in the affected area at the time the hotel towers, a concert venue, a convention center, and retail operations at the complex were unaffected and remained open. [102] The Tulsa World newspaper canceled its print editions on February 2, 3 and 4, citing the heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions that could compromise the safety of their newspaper carriers, making it the first time in the newspaper's 111-year history that the print edition had to be canceled however, the newspaper did continue to publish its electronic editions on its website. [103] [104] A section of a boat dock at the Tera Miranda Marina Resort on the Monkey Island arm of Grand Lake collapsed due to significant snow accumulations on its roof, destroying four boats valued at about $450,000. [105]

Will Rogers World Airport recorded an estimated 11.6 inches (29 cm) of snow, smashing the all-time daily snowfall record for February for Oklahoma City (the previous record was 6.5 inches (17 cm) on February 7, 1986). [27] Tulsa also set an all-time daily and monthly snowfall record for the storm that month, as the Tulsa International Airport received 14 inches (36 cm)14 inches of accumulated snowfall (the previous February snowfall record for the city of Tulsa was 10.5 inches (27 cm) in February 2003, and the previous record for snowfall in a single 24-hour period in Tulsa was 12.9 inches (33 cm) on March 8–9, 1994). [106] Owasso, Oklahoma received the most snowfall accumulation in Oklahoma with 21 inches (53 cm). Ironically days earlier on January 29, wildfires had burned parts of central and south-central Oklahoma, and ten central and south-central Oklahoma counties were placed under a burn ban due to very dry, wildfire-prone conditions. State Insurance Commissioner John Doak issued an emergency order to allow licensed claims adjustors outside of Oklahoma to help assess damages and losses from the storm for 90 days. [107] On February 2, Governor Fallin asked the White House to approve an emergency disaster declaration request for all 77 Oklahoma counties. In a statement by Fallin, state and local governments would receive 75% reimbursement for expenses associated with responding to the storm if the declaration is approved, including overtime costs, costs associated with operating shelters and clearing snow and ice-covered roads. [108] That evening, President Barack Obama granted Fallin's federal emergency request, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts in the state of Oklahoma. [109]

Oklahoma State University held its home basketball game on February 2 against the University of Missouri as scheduled, despite the difficulty the Missouri team had arriving in Stillwater due to the blizzard. As a result of the storm, the university provided free tickets to fans who were able to attend the game at Gallagher-Iba Arena, which Oklahoma State won in a 76-70 upset against the #15 Tigers. [110]

The storm system has caused at least three deaths in Oklahoma, one in a sledding accident and two in an auto crash. On February 1, a 20-year-old Oklahoma City woman died due to injuries suffered in a sledding accident near Lake Stanley Draper, in which the sled being pulled by a vehicle veered off the road, flinging the woman into a guardrail she was pronounced dead at the scene. [27] Two days later as slick road conditions continued across parts of the state, a truck carrying eight people ran off of a bridge and fell into the Spring River (which had been covered in ice), on I-44 in Ottawa County near Miami, killing two people one of two westbound lanes of I-44 was reopened to traffic the previous evening after blizzard conditions made it impassible. [32]

Pennsylvania Edit

In portions of Pennsylvania north of Philadelphia, ice storm warnings were put into effect. [111] The storm dropped several inches of sleet and snow in the Poconos and included a long period of freezing rain that produced ice accretions of up to half an inch in the Lehigh Valley and the Philadelphia suburbs. The ice tore down numerous tree limbs, trees, and subsequently, power lines.

Snowfall amounts Edit

Precipitation started as snow across the region during the early morning of the 1st. As warmer air moved in aloft, the precipitation changed to sleet and freezing rain by the morning rush in the local Philadelphia area, a mixture of sleet and freezing rain by the end of the morning commute in Berks County and the Lehigh Valley and a wintry mix late in the morning in the Poconos. Precipitation tapered off to mainly freezing drizzle during the afternoon and early evening of the 1st. Heavier precipitation moved in again during the evening of the 1st and fell as freezing rain in the Philadelphia suburbs, a mixture of sleet and freezing rain in Berks County and the Lehigh Valley and mainly a snow and sleet mixture in the Poconos. Overnight colder air moved in aloft in over the Poconos and precipitation changed back to all snow for a few hours. Toward sunrise on the 2nd, this process started to reverse at both the surface and aloft. Warmer air was moving north again and the freezing rain changed to plain rain across the Philadelphia suburbs and Berks County around 8 a.m. EST and the Lehigh Valley around 9 a.m. EST. In the Poconos, precipitation changed to freezing rain around 7 a.m. EST and ended as freezing rain around 11 a.m. EST on the 2nd. Representative snow and sleet accumulations included 5.4 inches (14 cm) in Tobyhanna (Monroe County), 5 inches (13 cm) in Pocono Summit (Monroe County), 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) in Delaware Water Gap (Monroe County), 2.1 inches (5.3 cm) at the Lehigh Valley International Airport, 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) in Albrightsville (Carbon County) and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in Easton and Martins Creek (Northampton County). Representative ice accretions included 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) in Glenmoore (Chester County), Spring Mount (Montgomery County) and Emmaus (Lehigh County), 0.4 inches (1.0 cm) in East Nantmeal (Chester County) and Lansdale (Montgomery County), 0.38 inches (1.0 cm) in Kutztown (Berks County) and Allentown (Lehigh County), 0.33 inches (0.8 cm) in Feasterville (Bucks County) and 0.25 inches (0.6 cm) in Bangor (Northampton County).

Power outages Edit

Many trees still had snow on them from the winter storm of the previous week to exacerbate the damage. Nearly 300,000 power outages occurred. PECO Energy reported about 185,000 of its southeastern Pennsylvania customers lost power. Power was not completely restored to the last few until the afternoon of the 6th. Pennsylvania Power and Light reported about 79,000 of their customers lost power in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania while Metropolitan Edison reported around 14,000 of its customers lost power in Berks County. Numerous schools cancelled classes on both the 1st and 2nd. Recycling and garbage pick-ups were delayed. This winter storm added additional strains to snow removal budgets and tight salt supplies. Reading, Hamburg, Boyertown, Birdsboro, Barto, Bechtelsville and Douglassville all suffered power outages. In Bucks County, downed wires in Milford caused a basement fire in one home on Sleepy Hollow Road. In Montgomery County, the worst reported tree and ice damage occurred in Lansdale and Hatfield. A utility pole fire in Pottstown knocked out power to the borough's water treatment plant. There were over 100 reports of downed wires throughout Northampton County.

Travel Edit

In Northampton and Lehigh County, numerous crashes occurred on U.S. Route 22, Pennsylvania State Route 33 and Interstate 78. On Interstate 78, a driver swerved to avoid hitting a plow truck and was injured. In Bethlehem, a driver was injured after his vehicle rolled over on Schoenersville Road. Also in Bethlehem, a 100-foot section of a porch roof collapsed on the evening of the 2nd on Glendale Avenue from the weight of ice and snow. Three vehicles were damaged. In Berks County, Pennsylvania State Routes 345 (near Birdsboro) and 625 (south of Reading) were closed. In Chester County, there were several slip and fall injuries reported, mainly on the 1st. Just east of Exton, Northbound U.S. Route 202 was closed between Pennsylvania State Routes 30 and 401 because of an accident with injuries on the 2nd. Two roadways were closed because of downed trees and wires in North Coventry Township. One roadway was also closed in West Vincent Township.

Texas Edit

In Texas the storm caused widespread disruption of road and air traffic, including flights into and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field. Rolling blackouts were instituted across the state as high demand for electricity left the power grid overloaded and unable to handle the demand. Governor Rick Perry asked for citizens to conserve as much electricity as they can to help ease the overloaded power grids. ERCOT, the governing body responsible for most of the electricity distribution in Texas, reported that more than 75% of the state was affected by rolling blackouts on February 2 at one point demand for energy was so great that utility companies began to purchase electricity off the national grids to meet the demand. Parts of Texas were expected to experience additional rolling blackouts Wednesday and Thursday as workers labor to get the electric systems back up and running. Post-analysis indicated that the cold temperatures had caused over 150 generators to encounter difficulties loss of supply, instrumentation failures, and gas well-head freezing were some of the source causes. [112]

Throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, multiple large school districts were closed for a record-setting 5 days in a row, letting students out a whole week because of road hazards due to ice and snow. An ice storm affected areas as far south as Houston behind the main storm front, while three men were killed near Houston in traffic accidents. [113] The storm adversely affected activities in the week leading up to Super Bowl XLV, which was played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. [114]

The storm caused a failure at a water treatment plant near Donna, Texas, prompting officials to issue a boil water advisory. [115]

In El Paso, Texas, the storm left major roadways slippery with ice and snow, and the abrupt demands placed on El Paso's utility services resulted in sporadic reports of loss of water and natural gas capability. Freezing temperatures resulted in the total failure of both of the city's natural gas power plants, resulting in rolling blackouts across the city. [116] The loss of power had a ripple effect across the region, as the power failure left water and gas utilities without the power needed to operate pumps to move the water and natural gas to customers. This resulted in the complete cancellation of activities at all area independent school districts and institutions of higher education on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and the following Monday. In total, nearly 200,000 El Paso Electric customers went without power at some point as a result of the storm, while 1,200 Texas Gas Service customers went without gas. Over 157 water main breaks due to cold temperatures were reported to the El Paso Water Utilities, which when combined with the frozen water pumping equipment and abnormally high demand for water left El Paso water reservoirs dangerously low. Stage 2 mandatory water restrictions, which permit the use of water for drinking only, were implemented Monday night as the water utility worked to raise the water levels in the reservoirs, and on Wednesday the water restrictions were lifted. That same Wednesday it was announced that federal and state officials would conduct an investigation into El Paso Electric as a result of the spectacular failure of the utility during the blizzard.

Wisconsin Edit

In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in 29 Wisconsin counties due to the snowstorm, and deployed 75 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers. [117] Early on February 2, the state's emergency management agency issued a Civil Danger Warning warning drivers completely off the roads at the risk of being stranded due to dangerous conditions forcing county plows, law enforcement and salters off the roads, [118] [119] a declaration distributed via NOAA Weather Radio's Emergency Alert System and local media outlets, and otherwise only issued for other major events such as terrorist attacks and water contamination emergencies. [120] The same warning was issued hours later completely disallowing travel within Lake County, Illinois. [121] Interstate 94 and Interstate 43 south of Milwaukee to the state line were both closed for a time due to dangerous conditions and many stranded vehicles.

Nearly all government buildings, schools, and public facilities were closed for February 2, 2011 in the southeastern region of the state, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, Sheboygan, and Madison, with Racine and Kenosha receiving the largest amount of snow, just shy of 24 inches. [122] Three people died of cardiac-related illnesses while clearing snow in Milwaukee. [29]

High winds Edit

Strong gale-force winds were expected in many areas, especially places northwest of the Appalachian Mountains. A storm warning for the entirety of Lake Michigan went up on 1 February, replacing an existing gale warning. Sustained winds of 39 to 55 mph (63 to 89 km/h) and gusts to 70 mph (110 km/h) or higher were reported over portions of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Lake Michigan for several hours at the height of the storm according to the National Weather Service.

Flash freeze Edit

Parts of Texas and Louisiana east to the Mississippi Valley and Florida Panhandle experienced or were to experience rapid drops in temperature and flash freeze events after the squall line moved through.

Storm surge Edit

Localized flooding occurred in northeastern Illinois, near the coast of Lake Michigan where strong winds brought storm surge and lakeshore flooding. [123]

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes Edit

Severe thunderstorms erupted in many areas of the Midwest and Southeastern United States. Thunderstorms accompanied both heavy rain and snow. Tornadoes were reported in Texas, [20] and a tornado watch was issued for parts of Alabama. [21] An EF1 tornado damaged two homes in Rusk County, Texas. [124]

Preparations Edit

Local governments ahead of the storm prepared residents on procedures to follow during the storm. This included parking and driving restrictions and preparation of road clearing equipment. Street clearing crews applied chemicals to the roadways to pre-melt ice and snow and checked equipment prior to the event. [125]

States of emergency Edit

A state of emergency was declared in several American states, including Illinois, [81] Oklahoma, and Missouri. [126]

Airport traffic Edit

At least 6,400 flight cancellations occurred across North America before the storm. [127] [128] [129] [130] [131] [132] [133] Impact was severe at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, as over 1,100 flights were canceled there. A less severe but still a major impact was at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto where about 300 of its 1,400 daily flights were canceled. [134]

By the end of February 2, at least 13,000 individual flight cancellations had taken place across North America. [135]

Power outages Edit

Many local and widespread power outages affected locations along the storm track, including in Illinois, [79] Ohio, [136] [137] [138] Oklahoma, [139] New Mexico, [140] Indiana, [141] Texas, [142] Colorado [143] and Kentucky. [138]

Impact on Super Bowl XLV Edit

The storm affected the Dallas, Texas area, bringing a coating of ice to the ground after a rapid freeze. This caused some damage ahead of Super Bowl XLV. [144] [145] [146] Snow falling from the roof of Cowboys Stadium caused several injuries. [147]


Verizon Closing Out Service Restorations After Blizzard of 2015

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Residents and businesses in the Northeast have their hands full as they dig out from a record snowfall that dropped up to three feet of powder in the region over the past two days. But Verizon customers, by and large, were in the clear.

The Blizzard of 2015 forced governors in several states to declare states of emergencies and driving bans due to localized flooding, impassible roads and high winds. However, most Verizon technicians were on the job, repairing downed poles and wires and restoring service for our customers.

In the snowiest areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, all of Verizon’s administrative and central offices remained open throughout the storm, and the network continued to operate without a hitch. In some areas where there were localized service outages -- such as southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket -- Verizon crews are working diligently and in cooperation with the respective municipal officials to get those customers back in service as quickly as possible.

“While we’re closing this one out, we have our eyes on the weather forecast for the next couple of days, as well.” --Allison Cole, president of operations for Verizon’s New England region

“We are fortunate to have such dedicated employees who braved some very nasty elements to keep our network up and running,” said Allison Cole, president of operations for Verizon’s New England region. “That doesn’t surprise me. Verizon has a long, proud history of battling through storms to provide service to our customers. While we’re closing this one out, we have our eyes on the weather forecast for the next couple of days, as well.”


After blizzard, New England begins big dig

By midday Saturday, the National Weather Service reported preliminary snowfall totals of 24.9 inches in Boston, or fifth on the city&rsquos all-time list. Bradley Airport near Hartford, Conn., got 22 inches, for the No. 2 spot in the record books there.

Concord, N.H., got 24 inches of snow, the second-highest amount on record and a few inches short of the reading from the great Blizzard of 1888.

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In New York, where Central Park recorded 11 inches, not even enough to make the Top 10 list, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city &ldquododged a bullet&rdquo and its streets were &ldquoin great shape.&rdquo The three major airports - LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark, N.J. - were up and running by late morning after shutting down the evening before.

Most of the power outages were in Massachusetts, where more than 400,000 homes and businesses were left in the dark. Hours before midnight Saturday, about 344,000 customers remained without power. In Rhode Island, a peak of around 180,000 customers lost power, or about one-third of the state. Late night, the total was down to 130,000.

Connecticut crews had slowly whittled down the outage total to 31,000 from a high of about 38,000, and power was restored to nearly all of the more than 15,000 in Maine and New Hampshire who were left without lights after the storm hit.

Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island imposed travel bans until 4 p.m. to keep cars off the road and let plows do their work, and the National Guard helped clear highways in Connecticut, where more than 240 auto accidents were reported. The Guardsmen rescued about 90 motorists, including a few who had hypothermia and were taken to hospitals.

On Long Island, which got more than 2 1/2 feet of snow, hundreds of drivers spent a cold and scary night stuck on the highways. Even snowplows got bogged down or were blocked by stuck cars, so emergency workers used snowmobiles to try to reach motorists, many of whom were still waiting to be rescued hours after the snow had stopped.

One of those who was rescued, Priscilla Arena, prayed as she waited, took out a sheet of loose-leaf paper and wrote what she thought might be her last words to her husband and children, ages 5 and 9. Among her advice: &ldquoRemember all the things that mommy taught you. Never say you hate someone you love.&rdquo

Richard Ebbrecht, a chiropractor, left his office in Brooklyn at 3 p.m. on Friday and headed for home in Middle Island, N.Y., but got stuck six or seven times on the Long Island Expressway and other roads.

& ldquoHavia um bando de nós, habitantes de Long Island. Estávamos todos ajudando uns aos outros, cavando, empurrando ”, disse ele. Ele finalmente desistiu e se acomodou para passar a noite em seu carro, a apenas três quilômetros de seu destino. Às 8h, quando já estava claro, ele voltou para casa a pé.

& ldquoEu poderia dirigir meu carro, manter o aquecedor e ouvir um pouco o rádio & rdquo, disse ele. & ldquoEstava muito gelado embaixo do meu carro. É por isso que meu carro ainda está lá. & Rdquo


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