Epic Snow Storm Hits U.S. East Coast

January 24, 2016 | Current Events, Weather

(Photo: EPA)

(Photo: EPA)

The East Coast was hit by a deadly and massive winter storm last Saturday with more than 10 states currently in state of emergency and 18 deaths were reported mostly in car accidents.

Authorities described the storm as the ‘costlier winter storm events’ in history.

The powerful storm, considered as the ‘second-highest amount’ recorded since 1869, blanketed some cities with more than three feet of snow and caused thousands of flights to be cancelled. Travel was banned in New York City and Long Island due to unpassable roads, closed bridges, subway service and tunnels.

According to weather authorities, around 80 million people in 20 states were in the storm’s path.  A combination of snow, ice and strong winds of about 60mph caused the major disruptions to the hardest hit states.

Impact of the winter storm

  • Some 250,000 customers were without power.
  • Eleven states from Georgia to New York declared states of emergency
  • More than 10,000 flights were cancelled.
  • The storm caused major traffic tie-ups on highways in Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
  • Cancellation of hundreds of events which include NBA games in Philadelphia and Washington, plus an NHL contest in the nation’s capital and a rally for the Carolina Panthers ahead of their NFC professional football championship in Charlotte.
  • Highest snowfall of 40 inches was reported in Glengary, West Virginia, reported the highest snowfall, with 40 inches. Dulles International Airport had 26.5 inches. New York-area airports had about 20 inches of snow
  • The reported power outages in North Carolina and South Carolina alone was around 140,000.
  • Coastal flooding was reported in New Jersey.

“This event has all the makings of a multibillion-dollar economic cost,” said meteorologist Steven Bowen of Aon Benfield, a London-based global reinsurance firm.

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