The Deadliest Snowstorms in the US

The United States is experiencing one of the biggest storms in its history. There are already 47 deaths in nine states that have been hit by winds, snowfall and high temperatures.

Because of the winter storm, at least 315,000 homes and businesses were without power on Christmas Eve and more than 3,300 flights were cancelled.

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In more than half the country strong blizzards, snowfalls and even flooding were reported.

Although experts have classified the phenomenon as historic, in the last three decades there have been several deadly storms that have marked the history of the country.

The “storm of the century” in 1993

In March 1993, one of the worst storms in the modern history of the American Union was experienced.

In just two days there were 270 dead and 48 missing of two freighters that sank in Nova Scotia (Canada) and Florida.

The most affected territories were Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and Alabama.

Added to the scandalous figure are five deaths in Canada, three in Cuba and five in waters off Florida.

In Florida, one of the states with the greatest impact on that occasion, there were 50 tornadoes, nine-meter waves and 1.20 m of snow in some counties.

“Blizzard 1996”

Between January 7 and 9, 1996, a snowstorm affected the east coast of the country.

Dozens of people died in what was dubbed the “1996 blizzard.” which caused several traffic accidents.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that the “blizzard” caused 154 direct and indirect deaths throughout that month.

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2007 cold snap

Again in January, this time in 2007, a powerful cold snap caused the death of 42 people car accidents.

The wave, which was accompanied by rain, flooding and snowfall, left serious consequences in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan, New York and Maine.

“Snowzilla” en 2016

January, a month feared by Americans, was also the time of the ‘Godzilla’ of storms.

It occurred from January 22 to 24, 2016 and left 33 people dead.

Back then, like in this 2022, 11,000 flights were cancelled.

In the case of New York, the authorities registered 67 cm of snow, in addition, the Dulles International Airport, on the outskirts of Washington, was left under 56 cm of snow.

cold wave of 2021

In February 2021, a cold front hit the United States from east to west.

States across the country received extremely low temperatures.

70 people died and millions of homes were without power for two days.

Such was the magnitude of the phenomenon that in northern Mexico six people lost their lives due to the cold.

Writing NTN24

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