Blizzard slaming east coast


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A man tries to move his car through heavy piles of snow in Baltimore. A record-breaking blizzard struck the east coast from Fri. Jan. 22, to Sunday, Jan. 24. Many major US cities experienced massive snowfall, as well as hurricane-force winds and flooding in some areas.

One of the most powerful natural disasters to ever hit the US battered New England on Fri. Jan. 22. The massive blizzard started off the Pacific coast and spread across the country, and was predicted to blast the Northeastern states, such as Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.

However, powerful winds from the south made the storm’s path curve, turning it to strike on states on the east coast, such as Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia. The icy conditions did reach parts of Ohio and Kentucky, but cities such as New York City and Philadelphia received much more severe conditions than most of Cincinnati.

Senior Sofia Salazar said “ It is really cold for me, and really different [from where I grew up] because I am from Mexico.”

According to CNN, the blizzard has killed 14 people so far, grounded many flights, and paralyzed travel in many of the largest cities in the US. Record-breaking snow levels were set in John F. Kennedy International Airport with 31 inches, a small town called Glengary, WV. with 42 inches, New Jersey with 28 inches, and Central Park with 26.8 inches.

Dewey Beach, DE. and Langley Air Force Base, Virginia claimed to be seeing 75 mile-per-hour winds as a result of the storm.

Sophomore Christian Kelly said “I was surprised at how much snow they got. I saw some videos of how much snow they got, and it looked painful.”
Other areas of the US were slammed with flooding, such as Sea Isle City, N. J. On Sun. Jan. 24, the blizzard moved to the Atlantic Ocean, ceasing the severe weather and allowing cities to begin cleaning up, though meteorologists are still concerned about ice.

Freshman Sarah Pattinson said “I hope they are okay and they recover. I feel like it would be really scary to be in that situation, because I have an uncle who lives down there, and he got 16 inches [of snow].”