© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden leaves Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., December 16, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States faces “dangerous and threatening” storms in the days leading up to Christmas, President Joe Biden warned on Thursday from the White House, and Americans plan to travel to visit family or friends should leave immediately.
“It was dangerous and threatening, the weather was really severe and it stretched from Oklahoma all the way to Wyoming and Maine. … So I encourage everyone to please heed local warnings,” Biden said in the Oval Office.
“If you all have plans to travel, leave now, no kidding. I will send my staff… if they plan to leave tomorrow, I will tell them to leave. go, now.”
A major storm system is expected to bring blizzard conditions to the Great Lakes region, up to 2 inches (5 cm) of rainfall followed by a rapid freeze on the East Coast, 60 mile (100 km) gusts. an hour and a fierce gust of wind. cold as far south as the Mexican border.
Biden, who plans to stay in Washington over the Christmas holidays on Sunday, said he will be briefed by FEMA and the National Weather Service later.
He said the White House has spoken with 26 state governors in the affected areas. “This isn’t like a snowy day, when you’re a kid this is serious,” Biden said.