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Travel chaos ensues while death toll rises from historic blizzard

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Death toll rises in western New York

A deadly blizzard cripples western New York, and the death toll continues to climb. As of Tuesday morning, at least 27 people have died as snow covered Erie County over the Christmas holiday weekend.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Monday night that President Biden has approved a request to declare a federal emergency.

In Erie County, which includes Hamburg’s Watertown and Buffalo, New York, more than five to six feet of snow practically covered roads and homes.

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Thousands of flights canceled as airlines recover from blizzard

More than 3,800 flights were canceled on Monday as airlines grapple with recovering from the deadly Christmas blizzard. Southwest Airlines accounted for the majority of the cancellations, with more than 2,800 flights canceled.

“As the storm continued to spread across the country, impacting many large stations, cancellations were pouring in. 100, 150, 1,000 flights,” said Jay McVeigh of Southwest Airlines. rice field. .

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an atmospheric river that brings damp weather to the west

Atmospheric rivers continue to bring rain to parts of the West, including Washington, Oregon and California, and wet weather will spread over much of the region on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service also reported localized flash floods across central California on Tuesday as the storm system moved further inland, with strong winds hitting the Seattle and Puget Sound areas along the Washington and Oregon coasts on Tuesday afternoon. It warned that it could spread to

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