Six dead as bitter cold follows snow in eastern US
The National Weather Service forecast wind gusts up to 30mph and wind chills approaching minus 40C in northern New York state and Vermont.
At least six people have died as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern US after heavy snow over the weekend.
The National Weather Service had forecast wind gusts up to 30mph and wind chills approaching minus 40C in northern New York state and Vermont.
Much below normal temperatures will continue over the eastern U.S. into Tuesday, followed by mild temperatures and rain which could lead to flooding of rivers and streams particularly in the Mid Atlantic region.— NWS (@NWS) January 21, 2019
On the north east’s highest mountain, the temperature fell to minus 35C on Monday afternoon, according to the Facebook page for Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. Wind chills were hovering around minus 62C.
Brrr! It's getting #chilly up on the Rockpile! Dipped below -30F last hour and hit -31F this hour with winds sustained over #hurricane #force so wind chills are hovering around -80F https://t.co/248AyTN0zt pic.twitter.com/whKygzfEp1— MWObservatory (@MWObs) January 21, 2019
In New York state, Coast Guard crews moved quickly to rescue a 21-year-old man left stranded on an island in the Navensink River after his small boat broke down.
The Coast Guard said crews arrived just over half an hour after the call came in, and two members waded through 1C water to take the man to safety. The air temperature was minus 14C with 30mph wind.
#HappeningNow @USCG Station #SandyHook rescued a distressed individual stuck on an unnamed island west of Barley Island, Monday morning. The man had no medical concerns and was taken to awaiting emergency medical services on Barley Island. Full release: https://t.co/rjMnDmhJgk pic.twitter.com/6mc7ZsJVRG— USCG_Tri_State (@USCG_Tri_State) January 21, 2019
“Cold water and below freezing temperatures can complicate rescues like this and turn a bad situation to worse very fast,” said Commander Rich Sansone, search and rescue co-ordinator for Coast Guard Sector New York.
The weather contributed to multiple deaths over the long Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend.
In suburban Chicago, the temperature was about minus 10C on Sunday when a 12-year-old girl died after a snow fort collapsed on her.
Police in Arlington Heights, Illinois, said Esther Jung had been playing with another girl outside Rothem Church. Their families began looking for them about an hour later and found them under the snow. The younger girl survived.
In Connecticut, a utility company subcontractor died on Sunday after being struck by a falling tree while working on a power line in Middletown.
More than 10,000 homes and businesses in the state remained without power on Monday afternoon, down from a high of more than 25,000 outages on Sunday as temperatures dropped below zero in some locations.
Last night a lineman was fatally injured during the storm. This is a reminder of the danger these men and women face on our behalf. While many are still out there working today, please join me in acknowledging them and sending our thoughts to this person’s family.— Gov. Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) January 21, 2019
“This is a reminder of the danger these men and women face on our behalf,” governor Ned Lamont said in a tweet.
“While many are still out there working today, please join me in acknowledging them and sending our thoughts to this person’s family.”
In Kansas, a snowplough driver was killed when the plough drove on to the shoulder of a road and rolled over, throwing him under the vehicle. It was not clear why the driver had moved to the shoulder from the roadway.
In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said a 59-year-old man and a 91-year-old man collapsed and died on Sunday in separate incidents after removing snow.
MCMEO investigating the deaths of a 59 y/o male and a 91 y/o male. Both collapsed shortly after removing snow.— Medical Examiner (@mkemedexamine) January 20, 2019
A man in charge of transportation at a south-western Michigan school district also died while shovelling snow. Officials said Mike Westbrook died on Saturday from a heart attack.
While FlightAware reported about 480 cancelled flights on Monday, that was a fraction of the more than 1,600 that were cancelled the previous day.
After a few weather-related delays on Sunday, Amtrak restored all scheduled service on Monday.
Another storm is already developing over the Rockies that could blanket the same region with more snow by the end of the week.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for parts of Colorado for Monday night, and winter storm warnings for south-east Wyoming, western Nebraska and Utah.