A cold wave that affects much of USAwith temperatures below 20 degrees below zero in some states, has forced cancel hundreds of flights and some sporting events.
According to the FlightAware platform, which monitors air traffic, More than 750 flights had been canceled this Sunday throughout the country while another 1,200 suffered delays due to snowfall and strong cold, with temperatures below 20 degrees below zero in states such as Iowa and Illinois.
From Chicago to Oregon: the most affected areas
There were more than 1,100 flights canceled on Saturday and more than 2,000 on Friday. Among the most affected airports were O’Hare, in Chicago (Illinois) and Metropolitan Wayne County, in Detroit (Michigan).
In Chicago, the first cold death of the year, in the suburb of Schiller Park. He was a 60-year-old man who died on Thursday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
In Oregon, on the northwest coast, this Sunday Temperatures will not rise above 2 degrees below zero and in Illinois it will be even lowerbetween -18 and -22, while in Iowa they ranged in the last few hours between 10 and 27 degrees below zero.
Also affected has been the electrical network, as the PowerOutage.us website shows. In Oregon, some 158,000 people were without power after a winter storm that left at least one dead from hypothermia.
Some sporting events have also had to be cancelled, such as the match Buffalo Bills-Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL wild card roundwhich was going to be played this Sunday at noon in Buffalo (New York) and was postponed to Monday.
In it Midwest Heavy snowfall and wind gusts of more than 70 kilometers per hour have also been recorded.
The winter storms, in fact, have ended up affecting the Iowa caucusesthe first official appointment of the race to become the Republican candidate for the United States Presidency.
In parts of that state the highest temperature in the last hours was 10 degrees below zero while in Des Moines 25 centimeters of snow accumulated this Saturday.
The ex-president donald trump (2017-2021) this Saturday encouraged his followers not to be intimidated by the extreme cold and to go en masse to the polls on Monday to support him.
Trump had planned to arrive in Iowa much earlier, but the heavy snow that fell on Friday delayed his trip and caused the cancellation of most of his public events.
Nikki Haleywho is climbing positions in the polls although she is still very far from catching up with the former president, was forced to transfer some of her in-person actions in the state to cyberspace.
He National Weather Service warns today that 95 million citizens are in areas affected by a frigid air alert, while some southern states, such as Tennessee or Arkansas, could suffer winter storms today.