Death Toll Rises In US Winter Storm As Residents Trapped In Cars
At least 28 people have died in western New York State, US, most in Buffalo and 56 in total as a monster winter storm continues to batter North America.
A state official said some people have been trapped in cars for more than two days during what was “probably” the worst storm of their lifetime.
Up to nine more inches of snow are expected in parts of the state on Tuesday, meteorologists warn. The storm has stretched from Canada to Mexico.
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US president Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration allowing federal support for New York State.
Neighboring state New Jersey also sent emergency services to New York State to provide further assistance.
New York State officials said emergency personnel were going from car to car searching for survivors of the storm and finding bodies in cars and snow banks.
The “once-in-a-generation” cold snap – which began in the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday, before churning east – will become a “bomb cyclone” by Friday.
More than 90 million people are under winter weather alerts across 37 states. About 80% of the nation is set to experience sub-zero temperatures, including places as far south as Texas.