In images, in picturesMore than 1,700 domestic and international flights were canceled Monday evening, in addition to 3,000 the previous day, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. Tuesday morning, only 175 flights had been canceled.
The eastern United States and Canada were slowly returning to normal on Tuesday, January 18, after suffering a major winter storm, with heavy snowfall, leading to the cancellation of thousands of flights.
The Canadian capital, Ottawa, was blanketed in a 48 cm thick layer of snow. In neighboring America, the winter storm blanketed the city of Ashtabula, Ohio, as well as parts of Georgia and South Carolina, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. national.
Fewer than 40,000 American homes were still without electricity on Tuesday morning, compared to 120,000 twenty-four hours earlier, according to the PowerOutage.us site. The areas most affected by the power outages were in the state of West Virginia and the states of North and South Carolina.
More than 1,700 domestic and international flights were canceled Monday evening, in addition to 3,000 the previous day, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. Tuesday morning, only 175 flights had been canceled.
After experiencing 620 flight cancellations on Sunday, or 95% of its expected traffic for the day, Charlotte International Airport, North Carolina, resumed more normal activity on Monday, but remains the most affected airport with 218 flight cancellations, i.e. 33% of its forecast traffic.
In Toronto, 201 flights departing or arriving at Pearson International Airport had to be canceled – this represents more than half of the traffic.
Blizzard warnings were lifted for large areas of the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, Canada, where temperatures remained very low, however, according to the Canadian government’s weather information site.
In Toronto, which received 29 cm of snow, the mayor, John Tory, had triggered an emergency rule allowing him to prevent cars from parking in certain areas while clearing snow, according to a press release published on the site of the city.
Toronto police announced in a tweet that they had closed two highways in the city to traffic on Monday, “due to the extreme weather and for the safety of the drivers”.
Many schools have closed in Quebec and southern Ontario, including the Toronto area. The five vaccination clinics run by the city of nearly three million people also suspended operations for the day.
The National Weather Service (NWS) had warned that snowfall was expected, especially in upstate New York in the New England region (northeast).
At 4 p.m. Paris time on Monday, more than 57 cm of snow had fallen in Harpersfield, a town in Ohio, according to the NWS. Sunday, more than 300 car accidents were listed in North Carolina, according to the highway police of this state in the south-east of the country.
The northeastern United States had already found snow in early January, covered with a white coat up to 30 cm thick. Hundreds of motorists were stranded for nearly twenty hours on a major axis connecting the capital, Washington, DC.