Governor: 16 Dead After Buffalo’s ‘devastating’ Snowfall: A freezing blizzard hit the Buffalo, New York, area with strong winds that have claimed sixteen lives. The state’s governor has called the storm “devastating.” According to a statement from Buffalo police, the deceased had been discovered outside or in vehicles, and further reports of deaths were being investigated Sunday night.
Authorities have received other 911 calls about deceased bodies, which police are assiduously attempting to corroborate and recover, according to the department. Additionally, BPD works incredibly hard to finish welfare checks to decrease potential fatalities.
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The number of storm-related fatalities, which had been six earlier on Sunday, has now reached 10. Police located four bodies in all and have established at least six more, according to the department.
There have been six more deaths related to the weather outside the city of Erie County. By late Sunday, an NBC News count showed that the number of fatalities attributable to the weekend’s harsh holiday weather had reached 46 nationwide.
At a press conference, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated that several deaths were discovered after impassable roads delayed emergency vehicles. He added that one of the county’s fatalities, reported in Amherst and Cheektowaga, included a person inside a building.
According to Poloncarz, some people appeared to pass away from cardiac-related causes while shoveling snow. The risk of manually removing snow increases because low temperatures can tighten blood vessels and raise blood pressure.
Having seen some devastation, Governor Kathy Hochul said at the same press conference: “It is devastating. It is going to a conflict area. It’s alarming to see the cars parked by the sides of the road. Buffalo had a driving ban, and Mayor Byron W. Brown reported that police requested snowmobile owners to help with search and rescue operations.
Hochul said that the storm’s strength and wind ferocity would be greater than those of the infamous snowstorm of 1977. The Northeast Regional Climate Center attributes 29 deaths to that storm. According to Hochul, state police assisted in over 500 rescues, including delivering a newborn and helping the elderly in getting to hospitals.
Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli of the New York State Police acknowledged two incidences of looting in the Buffalo region. During the news conference with the governor on Sunday night, he stated that “they are still under investigation as we speak.” “Those are singular occurrences. It doesn’t represent the wonderful community.”
According to the grid tracking website PowerOutage.us, more than 13,000 consumers in the state were without electricity early on Monday. Power might not be entirely restored until Tuesday, according to Poloncarz.
“frozen substations were covered in snow. One substation reportedly had an 18-foot drift fall into it, “added he. “Additionally, the substation was frozen when they entered. Even now, they are unsure of the full extent of the substation’s destruction.” According to Poloncarz, much of Buffalo is impassable. He warned residents in locations where the situation has improved against going to Buffalo to save loved ones.
According to Hochul, authorities have rescued “hundreds and hundreds” of people, some using snowplows because those were the only vehicles that could get to people trapped in cars. She added on Sunday that the storm “would be remembered as the most damaging storm in Buffalo’s long, illustrious history of having faced many battles, many major storms.”
According to the National Weather Service, more than 312 feet, or roughly 43 inches, of snow had already fallen at Buffalo’s airport over the preceding 48 hours by around 10 a.m. According to Poloncarz, there was a time frame during which authorities could not dispatch emergency service or Department of Public Works employees. He claimed that it was maybe the first time the Buffalo Fire Department could not react to calls.
The best word to describe it, according to Poloncarz, was “awful.” It was the worst anyone had ever witnessed. According to utility operator National Grid, some employees could not reach the locations where they were required due to the storm’s “record severity.” The business had said on Sunday that restoration work was ongoing.
Blizzard warnings had been in effect for Buffalo, but by Sunday afternoon, a winter storm warning would last until 4 a.m. Monday had been issued. According to the National Weather Service, the area, which includes Buffalo, Batavia, Orchard Park, and Springville, could receive 8 to 16 more inches of snow. The “southtowns” and southwest Erie County were predicted to receive the most incredible snow.
Officials urged New Yorkers to stay inside so that personnel could clean the roads. Roadways were “peppered,” according to State Police Superintendent Steven Nigrelli, with abandoned vehicles. Keep it at home. About Buffalo’s moniker as the “city of good neighbors,” he urged people to “be good neighbors.” A significant winter storm with shallow temperatures has devastated most of the United States.
Orchard Park, a neighborhood south of Buffalo, received about 7 feet of snow last month. Poloncarz, however, asserted that they are not comparable. He claimed to have spoken to the Biden administration about starting a disaster declaration.
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