On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, weaponized weather is wreaking havoc. The bomb cyclones blasted the UK and the East coast of US, plunging hundreds of thousands in the dark, damaging infrastructures, flooding cities and killing several. Here the news:
Storm Malik slams UK with over 100 mph wind, 2 killed
A nine-year-old boy has died and a man is in hospital after Storm Malik caused a tree to fall on them in Winnothdale, Staffordshire, Police have confirmed.
The tragic news comes after a 60-year-old woman was confirmed to have died earlier after being hit by a fallen tree blown over in Aberdeen.
Storm Malik has caused power cuts of more than 130,000 homes and businesses.
Winds have reached over 100mph in parts of Scotland, and there has been widespread disruption to travel.
A woman was also rescued by firefighters after a tree fell onto the roof of her car in Greater Manchester before receiving first aid from a fire service technician and being transferred to the care of the North West Ambulance Service.
There was another incident in Apperley Bridge, Bradford where a tree crushed a van just moments before a man had left his vehicle.
Storm Corrie set to hit the UK on Sunday
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described the impact of Storm Malik as “severe” as the country braces for more disruption from the fourth named storm of the season.
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for northern parts of the UK with a yellow warning for North East and North West England, Wales and parts of Scotland.
Storm Corrie will move eastwards across Scotland on Sunday and is expected to continue across the North Sea in the early hours of Monday.
We can expect gusts of 70-80mph, even perhaps 90mph in some coastal and mountainous areas from Sunday afternoon into the evening.
‘Life-threatening’ conditions in New York as ‘historic’ winter blizzards dump deep snow across East Coast
Thousands of flights had been cancelled throughout the region, as had high speed train services between Boston and Washington DC – some states even resorted to banning cars from roads as the storm passes over.
More than 2ft of snow has fallen in some areas of the US East Coast as New York declared a state of emergency after “historic” blizzards struck the area.
The powerful nor’easter, which are common for the region at this time of year, has flooded coastlines and blocked roads across 10 states, leaving treacherous conditions in its wake.
Nearly 11 million people remained under blizzard warnings from the Nor’easter, according to the National Weather Service.
Several states declared emergencies in response to the storm, with coastal areas across Massachusetts hit particularly hard as the centre of the storm hovered just east of the Cape Cod resort area on Saturday afternoon.
In New York, governor Kathy Hochul urged people to stay inside, warning of sub-zero wind chills after the storm passed through.
“This is a very serious storm, very serious. We’ve been preparing for this. This could be life-threatening,” she said.
“It’s high winds, heavy snow, blizzard conditions – all the elements of a classic nor’easter.”
Elsewhere, Boston was preparing for potentially record-breaking snowfall.
US meteorologist Anthony D Torres told Sky News: “These nor’easters happen every year, but the powerful ones like this one happen maybe once or twice a decade. And this particular storm, if it produces more than 70cm of snowfall in Boston, would be the largest snowfall ever observed from a single storm in the Boston metropolitan area.”
Speaking to local media on Saturday, Boston City Councillor Ruthzee Louijeune said: “This is going to be a historic blizzard.
“It’s the power of the wind and the amount of snow that makes this one particularly dangerous.”
Residents in the city have been warned to stay indoors as the storm prepares to pass over.
Planes, trains, and automobiles all halted across the East Coast
Airlines had already cancelled more than 5,000 flights scheduled to depart between Friday and Saturday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. More than 8,500 flights have been delayed.
More than 90% of Saturday schedules at Boston’s Logan Airport and New York’s LaGuardia were scrapped, according to FlightAware.
Amtrak trains on the busy corridor between Washington and Boston have all been halted, with delays or cancellations across much of the rest of the rail network.
Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee issued a state-wide ban on cars using the roads, as well as telling tractors and trailers to stay off the tarmac for now.
NBC correspondent Chris Pollone in Boston told Sky News that “today is a day to stay home“.
“Of course, this area is used to heavy snowfall, but what’s going to make it so dangerous is the heavy wind that’s coming in blizzard-like conditions,” he said.
“They say that people who are on the roads won’t be able to see anything, and so they’re saying it’s really a day to stay in, allow the ploughs to do their work and clear the roads.”
Fast-falling snow and high winds
Forecasters said up to two feet of snow could fall across the region – as fast as five inches per hour – along with gusts of 70mph early on Saturday.
Winter storm advisories and warnings have been issued from the Carolinas through Maine, where snow was forecast to continue on Saturday.
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