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Strong winter storm slams New York, snarling Christmas travel

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Passengers check flight departure schedules at the Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Bebett Matthews)

A strong winter storm continued to engulf much of the United States, including New York City, on Saturday, wreaking havoc on those traveling for the Christmas holidays as blinding blizzards, freezing rain, flooding and life-threatening cold across the country. brought about.

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A winter storm that hit the Northeast from Thursday night through Friday caused extensive flooding in coastal areas of the Tri-State area this weekend.

The NYPD called for Level 3 mobilization at Howard Beach, Queens to address the problems caused by the flooding, leaving the area near Cross Bay Boulevard submerged.

After a torrential downpour, Far Rockaway residents were in scavenging mode, with their cars flooded and destroyed.

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The New York City Emergency Management Department issued a travel advisory for the rest of Friday for neighborhoods in southern Queens, including Rockaway.

The city also opened service centers in Hamilton Beach and Rockaway to help provide hotels and cleaning kits.

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Meanwhile, in New Jersey, flooding in Hoboken caused a 20-minute delay in travel to and from the Hoboken terminal, but services to and from Pennsylvania Station were on or near schedule.

In Edgewater, half a month’s worth of rain overnight submerged cars in parts of northern New Jersey.

There have also been several reports of passengers being stuck on the tarmac at New York airports overnight for several hours.

Across the United States, storms have brought down power lines, littered highways with mountains of cars, caused fatal accidents, and led to massive flight cancellations.

The storm was nearly unprecedented in its extent, from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande River along the border with Mexico. About 60% of the U.S. population faced some kind of winter weather advisory or warning, with temperatures well below normal from east of the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachian Mountains, the National Weather Service said.

Steam rises from Lake Michigan on Friday, December 23, 2022, as strong winds in Milwaukee keep temperatures below freezing in the morning. Winter weather is gripping the US as massive storms plunge temperatures and create whiteout conditions.  (AP Photo/Molly Gash)

Steam rises from Lake Michigan on Friday, December 23, 2022, as strong winds in Milwaukee keep temperatures below freezing in the morning. Winter weather is gripping the US as massive storms plunge temperatures and create whiteout conditions. (AP

Freezing rains blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest with layers of ice, and people in the Northeast faced the threat of coastal and inland flooding.

Frigid temperatures and gusty winds are expected to bring “dangerously cold winds to many parts of the central and eastern United States this holiday weekend,” according to the Bureau of Meteorology, a situation that could pose a “life-threatening threat to travelers.” It can be dangerous,” he added. left behind. ”

“In some areas, being outdoors can cause frostbite within minutes,” he said.

The power outage was still affecting more than 1 million homes and businesses by late Friday, according to PowerOutage, a website that tracks utility reports.

As millions of Americans traveled before Christmas, more than 5,700 flights in and out of the US were canceled on Friday, according to tracking site FlightAware.

Weather forecasters say a bomb cyclone, a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure during a storm, has formed near the Great Lakes, causing blizzard conditions such as high winds and snow.

Waves crash against rocks in Portland, Maine Head Light during a powerful winter storm in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Friday, December 23, 2022.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Waves crash against rocks in Portland, Maine Head Light during a powerful winter storm in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Friday, December 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Calling it a “kitchen sink storm,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency. In parts of New York City, storm surge flooded roads, homes and businesses Friday morning.

On Friday, December 23, 2022, water floods the streets during high tide in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. His more than 200 million people (about 60% of the U.S. population), whose winter weather covers the United States, had some form of winter weather advisory or warning on Friday.  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

On Friday, December 23, 2022, water floods the streets during high tide in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. Over 200 million of him (about 60% of the US population), whose winter weather covers the United States, were exposed to winter weather in some way.

In Boston, storm surge and rain on Friday flooded some downtown streets.

HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and JILL BLEED of the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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