maximum temperature of -13 degrees
In the city of Pittsburgh, the temperature will not rise above -13 degrees Celsius, predicts the National Weather Service. It is the coldest Christmas in the city since 1983.
Records are also expected in cities in the American South, in the states of Georgia and South Carolina. In the capital Washington it will probably be the coldest since 1989.
The combination of well below freezing temperatures and strong winds make it even colder. The wind chill in the United States was well below -40. Body parts then freeze when exposed to outside air for 5 to 10 minutes.
The extreme winter weather has already killed 17 people.
Dangerous on the road
For Americans who want to spend the holidays with family, extreme weather is causing problems. About 2,000 flights were canceled and another 4,000 flights were delayed. The car is often not an option either. The roads are impassable and this creates dangerous situations. It’s sliding and sliding:
The storm in the state of Ohio led to a pile-up involving fifty vehicles. Cars and trucks collided on the Ohio Turnpike. Four people died and others were injured.
The US National Weather Service says it has issued more weather warnings and advisories than ever before. Many people are without power, especially in the Northeast of the country. A total of 1.8 million homes lost power.
The authorities in the United States are calling on people to stay at home for now and not celebrate Christmas together. It is simply too dangerous to go on the road.
There are also problems in neighboring Canada. More than a million homes and businesses are without power, schools closed and hundreds of flights cancelled. The winter storm hits the two most populated provinces, Ontario and Quebec. More than sixty percent of Canadians live in these provinces.
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