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Biden warns Americans to take ‘dangerous’ winter storms | Weather forecast news


The president urged people to heed local government warnings as snow and freezing temperatures move across the United States ahead of Christmas.

US President Joe Biden has urged Americans to exercise caution this holiday weekend as freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall are hitting large swaths of the country.

Speaking from the White House on Thursday, Biden said anyone planning to travel over Christmas should do so immediately because big winter storm can complicate travel and make it more risky.

“It’s dangerous and threatening,” the president said. “The weather is really severe. and it goes from Oklahoma all the way to Wyoming and Maine, … so I encourage people to please heed local warnings.”

Temperatures have begun to drop across the United States. The National Weather Service reported that the central High Plains, an area that includes parts of the Western and Midwestern states, dropped about 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) in the space of a few hours.

About 135 million people, or 40% of the US population, are under wind chill warnings.

Other parts of the country, such as the Great Lakes region, are facing intense wind and blizzard conditions. The East Coast is predicted to see about 5 centimeters (2 inches) of rain and a quick freeze while cold and severe winds of up to 100 km/h (60 mph) are expected to spread as far east as the east coast. south of the US border with Mexico.

The storm poses a particular risk to vulnerable groups such as the elderly and those living without shelter.

In the southern Texas city of El Paso and across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, migrants and refugees hope seek asylum in the United States slept outside or tried to find beds in shelters.

Bad weather coincides with what is usually one of the busiest travel periods in the United States. Millions of people are flying, driving and using other means of transportation to visit friends and family over the Christmas weekend.

The American Automobile Association predicts that nearly 113 million people will travel at least 80km (50 miles) from their homes for the holidays, and 6% expect to travel by air.

According to the website FlightAware, more than 1,400 flights in the US were canceled as of Thursday morning because of the winter storm.

Authorities have expressed concern about the potential blackout and said people should reconsider travel plans if possible.

“This event can be life-threatening if you’re stuck with wind chill in temperatures between 30 and 45 below zero,” according to an online post by the National Weather Service in Minnesota, where officials Traffic and patrols have reported dozens of vehicle crashes. out of the way.

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