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Extreme cold and snow affect more than 40 million people in the United States;  An NFL game was postponed and more than 1,200 flights were canceled

Extreme cold and snow affect more than 40 million people in the United States; An NFL game was postponed and more than 1,200 flights were canceled

Blizzards, this weekend's heavy rain and bitter cold will affect the lives of more than 40 million Americans. In some regions to us, the temperature was as low as -30 degrees Celsius. In the northeast of the country, residents had to leave their homes due to flooding. More than 1,200 flights were canceled on Saturday, leaving regions of the country without electricity and football matches NFL A show in New York state was canceled.

In Iowa at American Midwest, the thermometer reached -17°C and the temperature in some areas reached -42°C with freezing winds. In the state capital, Des Moines, major roads were impassable due to snow. Through 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, the Iowa State Patrol said it had responded to 535 calls from motorists asking for help on highways, resulting in 86 crashes and no fatalities.

Snow in Des Moines, Iowa; The thermometer reached -17°C in the state Photo: Joe Radle/Getty Images/AFP
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at Northeast of the country, the storm caused record flooding in Maine. Rain also caused disruption in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Portions of the Henry Hudson Parkway, which runs along the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side, were closed due to flooding.

oh South of the country Low temperature warnings were in place — expected to continue through the week. In Oklahoma, the forecast is -31 degrees Celsius, and officials are asking residents to avoid outdoor activities. Louisiana and Arkansas were placed on alert. Texas hit -12°C Saturday afternoon.

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The western part of the United States is also affected by severe cold. Winter storm warnings, low temperatures, snow and freezing rain have been issued for residents of Wyoming, Oregon, Northern California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Alaska. In Montana, temperatures as low as -45°C are expected.

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In the Great Lakes region near the Canadian border, there was a power outage. Distribution was also interrupted in the northeastern part of the United States.

More than 1,200 flights were canceled in the US on Saturday. Another 4,300 had delayed departures, according to tracking website FlightAware.

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Snow in Nebraska; More than 1,200 flights were canceled in the US this Saturday Photo: AP via Josh Salmon/The Independent

An NFL game, a professional league American football, postponed in New York State due to weather. The Buffalo Bills' playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers scheduled for Sunday has been postponed until Monday because of a dangerous winter storm expected to hit the Buffalo area over the weekend.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the region, with up to 60 centimeters of snow expected, along with strong winds (105 km/h) until 7 a.m. Monday.

“In the interest of public safety, the decision was made to move the game to Monday at the advice of New York Governor Kathy Hochul and the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers,” the NFL and Bills said in a statement. A joint statement.

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It's the last weekend before the Iowa caucuses, a traditional event that marks the start of a presidential campaign in the United States, when voters decide which candidate from each party will run for the White House. This year, the focus is on the Republican caucuses, which could determine whether the former president Donald Trump Will run for re-election. On the Democratic side, the candidate will be the incumbent president. Joe Biden.

Republican presidential candidates had to cancel several events Friday because of the weather and resumed campaigning Saturday in Iowa.

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The Republican candidate signed in the snow in Des Moines, Iowa Photo: Cheney Orr/Reuters