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The east coast of the United States faces 36 hours under a major snow storm and wind

The east coast of the United States faces 36 hours under a major snow storm and wind


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As of today, the east coast of the United States faces a major storm that will last at least 36 hours and will leave between 30 and 71 centimeters of snow with winds of up to 96 kilometers per hour, which forced the declaration of an emergency in six states.

The nation's capital, Washington D.C., is at the center of a storm that has 29 million people on high alert and will affect a total of 85 million from Atlanta to New York.

Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Tennessee are in a state of emergency and the mayor of the capital, Muriel Bowser, warned today that it is a storm "of life and death" that the authorities are facing as a "national security" matter.

The storm is faced with special expectation in Washington, a city not used to dealing with snow and where an accumulation could be reached that equals or even exceeds the record of January 1922, when it was 71 centimeters.

As of Friday night, 100,000 people were already without power in North Carolina, according to the Duke Energy company, outages that also extended to neighboring states such as South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. .

In less than 7 hours of a storm, Washington and the surrounding areas of Virginia were already registering thicknesses due to snow accumulation of between 7 and 15 centimeters.

New York is expected to receive the heavy storm from early Saturday and its mayor, Bill de Blasio, has asked citizens to stay home all weekend until authorities can clear the snow, which could reach 30 centimeters.

In Philadelphia, which has canceled all flights from its airport for Saturday, the snow could reach 50 centimeters.

In the country as a whole, 3,289 flights that were due to leave today and 3,456 scheduled for Saturday have been canceled, according to the count of the FlightAware website.

"We are talking about wet and heavy snow, and very powerful winds that could make trees fall and cause large-scale power outages," the mayor of Washington explained today at a press conference.

Bowser asked citizens to stock up on everything they need to go at least 72 hours without leaving their homes, a recommendation that the city took seriously, judging by the long lines and empty shelves that could be seen in supermarkets. since Thursday.

The capital's subway, which also serves the neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia, will close today at 11:00 p.m. local time (04:00 GMT Saturday) until at least Monday, something that had not happened since Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, which forced the service to stop for 36 hours.

Metro officials took this step, which has angered many citizens, fearing that a large-scale power outage caused by high winds would leave passengers trapped in the tunnels.

The buses stopped working earlier, at 3:00 p.m. local time today (20:00 GMT), at which time the authorities asked that all citizens be already in the place where they are going to stay until the storm is over and they have been enabled the streets and highways.

The federal government closed its offices today at noon and so did the Capitol, the seat of Congress, where legislators have free at least until Tuesday.

In companies and city agencies, workers were given the option of working from home.

Since January 22 and during the weekend, the main tourist centers of the city, the esplanade of the National Mall, the memorials and the Zoo were also closed, although the organizers of a national anti-abortion march maintained their plans to demonstrate in the afternoon in downtown Washington.

The storm also affects the electoral campaign. Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie announced on Twitter today that he was leaving New Hampshire, soon to host a key primary, to serve as governor of New Jersey during this emergency situation.

States threatened by the storm have more than 1,997,750 tons of salt prepared to treat their roads and highways, and North Carolina has mobilized 100 National Guard agents.

In Nashville, Tennessee, the first drivers were stuck on snowy roads and local police reported 12 accidents with injuries and more than 200 without injuries.

A United Airlines plane skidded when landing in Chicago and the company blamed it for bad weather, but there were no injuries.

In the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area, drivers were asked to leave the tracks before 3:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. GMT).

Authorities expect these types of incidents to increase as a storm progresses that they say will be talked about for generations.

Photo: The White House in the first snow of winter. A thousand flights have been canceled. EFE / O. Douliery

EFE


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