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At least 23 dead in cold weather over Christmas weekend

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At least 23 people died in winter weather that wreaked havoc across America over Christmas weekend.

The highest number of deaths was in upstate Erie County, New York, which includes Buffalo, with 7 deaths reported.

“This will go down in history as the most devastating storm ever,” Kathy Hochul, governor of Buffalo, New York, said at a news conference on Christmas morning.

The “huge” snowstorm brought winds of nearly 80 mph, the governor said.

Buffalo has initiated a travel ban as it transitions into blizzard conditions.

“It’s impossible to overstate how dangerous the situation is still,” Ho-chul said on Sunday, urging people to stay off the roads on Christmas.

Hawk’s restaurant is covered in ice from splashing waves on Lake Erie during a winter storm in Hamburg, New York, December 24, 2022.

Kevin Hawk/Reuters

Photo: Snow clearers during a winter storm in West Amherst, New York, December 24, 2022

People clear snow during a winter storm in western Amherst, New York, December 24, 2022.

Jeffrey T. Burns/AP

The storm marked the first time in history that the Buffalo Fire Department failed to answer calls, officials said.

Hundreds of people have been rescued from cars, Ho-chul said, adding, “There are still people who need rescues.”

Buffalo’s airport will be closed until Tuesday.

Photo: People remove snow from sidewalks during a snowstorm in Buffalo, NY, December 24, 2022

A man removes snow from a sidewalk during a snowstorm on December 24, 2022 in Buffalo, New York

Carolyn Thompson/AP

Weather-related deaths have also been reported in Ohio, Kansas, Vermont, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Missouri, according to the Associated Press.

It’s Christmas morning, and a storm hits the country as the cold air hits the country.

Photo: Ice adorns a fountain in Charleston, South Carolina, December 24, 2022. High temperatures are expected to reach 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ice adorns a fountain in Charleston, South Carolina, December 24, 2022. High temperatures are expected to reach 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pedro Ugarte/AFP via Getty Images

Temperatures are forecast to drop to -9 degrees in Minneapolis, 2 degrees in Chicago, 3 degrees in Denver, 15 degrees in New York, 16 degrees in Atlanta and 21 degrees in Dallas.

Over 165,000 customers in Maine, New York, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Florida were awakened by power outages on Christmas morning.

More than 3,000 flights to, from, or within the United States have been canceled on Christmas Eve, and to date, more than 1,600 flights have been canceled on Christmas Day.

Photo: Passengers line up at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on December 24, 2022.

Passengers line up at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on December 24, 2022.

Paul Beatty/AP

Photo: Holiday travelers flock to Detroit Wayne County Metro Airport on Christmas Eve following winter storm Elliott in Detroit, Michigan, December 24, 2022.

Holiday travelers flock to Detroit Wayne County Metro Airport on Christmas Eve following Elliot’s winter storm in Detroit, Michigan Dec. 24, 2022.

Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

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