In America, lakhs of people have been affected by Bomb Cyclones i.e. ‘winter storms’. (AP photo)
Washington: Millions of people have been affected by Bomb Cyclone i.e. ‘winter storm’ in America. People were thinking of having fun during the Christmas holidays, but they have to stay inside their homes due to the snowstorm. According to local media reports, more than 14 lakh homes lost electricity due to the Bam cyclone. The business was severely affected due to the blackout and drop in temperature. The Associated Press reported that most of the blackouts occurred in the eastern US, where storms toppled trees and fell on power lines, affecting electricity transmission.
In the country’s western state of Montana, the minimum temperature fell to -45 degrees Celsius on Friday. Due to the cyclonic storm, a drop in the temperature of the central states of America was also recorded. The National Weather Service reported that the temperature in Des Moines, Iowa was −37 °F (−38 °C), which can cause frostbite in less than 5 minutes, meaning freezing if a person is exposed to open air. Due to this, his skin can become dead, and internal tissues can be damaged. More than 3,000 flights across the country had to be canceled due to bad weather. In North Carolina alone, more than 181,000 homes faced outages due to the Bum cyclone. The situation worsened in Virginia and Tennessee.
According to the Sky News report, the death toll due to the stormy cyclone increased to 13 on Friday. Earlier, 9 people had died in season-related incidents. 4 more people died in a car accident in Ohio. According to the state’s governor, the current road conditions are posing a danger to the people of Ohio. He urged people to stay indoors till the situation normalizes. The National Weather Service said that more than 20 crore people in the country are under advisory or alert. The governor of New York has declared a state of emergency in the city, as the cold here has become unbearable and the temperature has reached -45 degrees Celsius.
New York Governor Cathy Hochul said, ‘We have snowfall, floods, freezing temperatures, and everything that we can face this weekend. It is raining in some parts of the state, which turns into the snow with a rapid drop in temperature. There is a danger of flash floods in other parts of the state. The conditions are fatal. That’s why staying indoors is the best option. Homeless migrants are suffering the most due to the severe cold. In Texas, migrants from Mexico have taken refuge in churches, schools, and community centers. Voluntary organizations are distributing items like coats, caps, gloves, thermal underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. to the people.