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Extreme snowstorm in the northeastern United States

A “potentially deadly” snowstorm swept through the northeastern United States on Saturday January 29 with terrible gusts of wind, paralyzing transport and the daily life of 70 million inhabitants.

Much of the New England region and the east of the country were all day under a blizzard warning, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” by the American weather forecast.

Faced with snow, New York deserted and beaten by an icy wind, sees rare passers-by in Times Square covered in snow being stunned by the famous “naked cowboy”, alias Robert Burck, a street artist who plays the guitar and sings whatever the climate. As usual, he only wore his underpants, his hat and his boots, impassive despite the cold.

In Brooklyn, in the trendy district of Cobble Hill, the sidewalks were covered with at least 30 centimeters of snow and many businesses are closed. North of the city, on Long Island, the heart of the storm, 60 cm accumulated in the evening. Despite the heavy snowfall, the megacity’s metro network operated more or less normally and served as a refuge for thousands of homeless people.

A very serious snowstorm

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul warned of “a very serious” and “potentially deadly” storm as a woman was found dead in her car, possibly freezing to death, according to the chief of the Nassau County, Bruce Blakeman.

The state of emergency had been declared on Friday evening for the states of New York and New Jersey and Governor Hochul had asked “to avoid travel at all costs”. The train lines serving the northern suburbs of New York have been at a standstill all day.

The National Weather Service (NWS) recorded wind gusts of 80 to 120 km / h and predicted polar temperatures overnight from Saturday to Sunday with potential power outages, usual every winter when the power of the wind or the weight of the snow tears the power lines. Some 90,000 homes in Massachusetts were without electricity according to the website around 8 p.m. Saturday. (01:00 GMT Sunday).

As for airports in the northeast, some 3,500 flights were canceled on Saturday and more than a thousand already for Sunday, arriving in or departing from the country because of the snowstorm, according to the air tracking site FlightAware. .

Even in the south, in normally tropical Florida, frost warnings have been issued with the risk of knocking the famous iguanas weighing up to nine kilograms from their trees.

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