BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Storm-hit Buffalo prepares for fresh snow on Tuesday while counting deaths and recovering From the worst storm to hit western New York in at least two generations.
Mayor Byron Brown’s office announced seven additional deaths linked to the storm on Tuesday, bringing the total to 27 in Buffalo and at least seven suburban deaths. It surpasses the historic 1977 blizzard that killed 29 people in a region known for its harsh winter climate.
The National Weather Service predicted up to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) more snow in Erie County, which includes Buffalo, on Tuesday. In New York he is the second largest city with a population of about 275,000.
The forecast for Tuesday was nothing like a major storm that has brought more than 4 feet of snow in some places since Friday, but “additional snowfall that could continue today in Buffalo could have an impact. ,” said chief forecaster Bob Oravec.
“The biggest impact is how it impedes the removal of earlier snowfall,” he said.
Rest of the United States It was also reeling from a severe winter storm, which reported more than 20 more deaths in other parts of the country and caused power outages in areas from Maine to Washington.
On the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, after helicopters and trucks delivered food boxes over the weekend, they planned to use snowmobiles to deliver them to residents on Tuesday, the tribe said.
In Buffalo, the dead were found in cars, homes and snowmen. Some died while shoveling snow, others died when paramedics were too late for the medical crisis. County Commissioner Mark Polonkers called the blizzard “probably the worst storm of our lives,” even in an area known for heavy snowfall.
The winter blast left some people stranded in their cars for days, closed the city’s airports, and left some residents shivering from the heat.
On Monday, Trisha Lograsso and her family were still huddled around a space heater in a makeshift shed in Buffalo’s living room. It was 42 degrees (5.5 degrees Celsius) and a pipe burst, cutting off the running water.
“I’ve lived here all my life and this is the worst storm I’ve ever seen,” said Lograsso, 48.
President Joe Biden delivered federal aid to New York on Monday, while Gov. Kathy Hochul toured the aftermath in her hometown of Buffalo, calling the blizzard “for years.” Nearly every fire truck in the city was stranded Saturday, she said.
Democrat Ho Chul said the storm came just over a month after the region was hit by another historic snowfall. The total snowfall between the two storms is not far from his 95.4 inches (242 cm) that the region typically sees throughout the winter season.
Snowfall at Buffalo Niagara International Airport was 49.2 inches (1.25 meters) as of 10 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Officials say the airport will be closed until Wednesday morning.
About 2,900 domestic and international flights to the United States were canceled as of about 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, according to tracking site FlightAware.
US Department of Transportation says it will investigate flight cancellations by Southwest Airlines A winter storm left travelers stranded at airports across the country.Many airlines were forced to cancel flights, but Southwest Airlines was the leader by far.
Associated Press journalist Julie Walker of New York contributed to this report.