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New York: canceled flights and transport problems due to snowstorm

New York: canceled flights and transport problems due to snowstorm

New York: canceled flights and transport problems due to snowstorm

New York and surrounding areas woke up this Tuesday covered in snow for the first time in two years, in a storm that hit the northeast of the United States and caused the closure of schools, flight cancellations, court closures and disruption to vehicle traffic.

Airlines canceled more than 1,220 flightsamong them 43% of all those operated at the national airport of Guard and 28% of airport services Newarkin neighboring New Jersey, along with nearly one in five flights at New York’s main air hub, JFK, according to aviation tracker Flight Aware.

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In New York, schools closed and “more than a million students followed classes remotely” late in the morning, Donald Banks, responsible for the city’s education, announced at a press conference.

People walk on the sidewalk near Times Square as snow falls in New York, New York, United States, February 13, 2024 | Photo: EFE/EPA/SARAH YENESEL

This is the first time in two years that snow has made it necessary to use snowplows in the country’s most populous city – more than 8.5 million inhabitants – according to authorities.

He National Weather Service (NWS) issued a thunderstorm warning with “strong winds and heavy snow… which can damage trees, power lines and disrupt travel”, as well as “coastal flooding”, which could affect around 32 million people.

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Many rural areas in the Northeast were completely isolated. Snow plows were trying to clear the roads while it continued to snow heavily with visibility difficulties.

Hampton Township, New Jersey, received 33 centimeters of snow, while Chester, in upstate New York, received about 30 centimeters, meteorologists said.

New York authorities warned of a drop in temperatures at the end of the day that will turn snow into ice, increasing the risk of accidents.

Vehicles pass along Sixth Avenue as snow falls in New York, New York, USA, February 13, 2024 |  Photo: EFE/EPA/SARAH YENESEL

Vehicles pass along Sixth Avenue as snow falls in New York, New York, USA, February 13, 2024 | Photo: EFE/EPA/SARAH YENESEL

In Manhattan, Central Park dawned under a thick layer of white that prompted many to go outside to enjoy this phenomenon that is becoming less frequent due to climate change.

Snow cover in the metropolis It can reach 10 to 15 centimeters during the day.

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The last snowfall in New York dates back to January 16, after 700 days without such precipitation.

The NWS announced “strong winds and heavy snow…which could damage trees, power lines and disrupt travel.” “Coastal flooding is expected along parts of the east coast,” he noted.

People walk through Times Square as snow falls in New York, New York, United States, February 13, 2024 |  Photo: EFE/EPA/SARAH YENESEL

People walk through Times Square as snow falls in New York, New York, United States, February 13, 2024 | Photo: EFE/EPA/SARAH YENESEL

On Christmas 2022, the so-called “blizzard of the century” left more than a meter of snow in the north and west of the vast, predominantly rural state of New York, causing dozens of deaths. Many deaths occurred in the city of Buffalo, on the border with Canada and hundreds of kilometers northwest of the ‘Big Apple’.

Source: Elcomercio

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