At least 57 people died in the US due to snow and cold weather

At least 57 people died in the US due to snow and cold weather

Such data are provided by US officials, he reports NBC News.

The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that all 27 deaths were directly related to the blizzard. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at least 18 people had died in the city. The blizzard and freezing rain left more than 20,000 customers without power in Buffalo, but that number had been cut in half by mid-afternoon on Dec. 26, Brown said.

The National Weather Service reported that more than 49 inches of snow, or more than 4 feet, fell at Buffalo Airport on December 26.

At the same time, the snowfall continues and the number of deaths due to bad weather may increase.

According to NBC News, the snowstorm covered the area from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico. Fatalities have been recorded in 12 states: Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Some of the dead were found in their cars, and at least one person in Niagara County died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

New York Gov. Katie Hochul said she spoke with President Joe Biden and that he “promised to quickly approve” the request for a federal emergency declaration.

The National Weather Service predicts that “hazardous travel conditions” will continue for the next few days and that the weather will slowly ease as the new year begins.

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