The travel chaos continues on Christmas Day as hundreds queue at the major US airport after a historic storm
Hundreds of Americans have been lined up at a major airport after an unprecedented winter storm, desperate for answers.
A “bomb cyclone” that brought winter weather warnings to nearly a third of the American population has sparked travel chaos across the country.
Over 5,711 flights were canceled on Christmas Eve alone due to dangerous weather conditions, and travelers are still dealing with the consequences.
Frustrated flyers lined up at Portland International Airport, which had canceled nearly a hundred departing flights since Saturday morning.
A local outlet reported that “hundreds” waited in line at an airport check-in on Christmas Day.
“A customer tells me that their flight was canceled minutes before boarding.” fox 12 reported.
“One man trying to return to Ohio says he was told he would have to wait here for four more days.”
Another local reporter said that 20 flights were canceled at Portland Airport at 12 noon on Christmas Day.
Americans across the country have braced for the “coldest Christmas” this year as travelers desperately battle severe weather to return home for the holidays.
Referred to as a “bomb cyclone,” meteorologists define the weather event as a winter storm transformed by explosive cyclogenesis, making it far more dangerous.
At least 26 people have died from deadly cold, dangerous driving conditions and falling branches – all related to the weather event, according to a report by CNN.
Around 100 million Americans in 37 states have been placed under winter warnings and winter cold alerts.
On Christmas Eve alone, more than 5,711 flights were canceled due to the weather.
Wind chills due to expected snowstorm conditions could be “life-threatening” in the Midwest and northern Plains areas, the National Weather Service reported.
Hundreds of thousands are also without electricity thanks to the snow and icebergs.
One city devastated by the cyclone was Buffalo, New York, which received a massive 43 inches of snowfall Sunday morning, according to NWS.
In Buffalo alone, seven people have died after heavy snowstorms and snow mountains froze substations and rendered roads unusable.
“It’s a crisis of epic proportions,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul told CNN.
While New Yorkers suffered badly from the storm, Americans across the country saw the devastating effects throughout the holiday weekend.
At least four people were killed in a tragic car crash on the Ohio Turnpike early Friday afternoon.
It comes after three other people died in separate car accidents in northern Kansas on Wednesday and a fourth Missouri driver was killed on Thursday.
More than two-thirds of the US population was under an extreme weather warning on Friday amid a winter Arctic storm.
Now around 55 million Americans remain under winter cold warnings as of Sunday morning.
According to FlightAware, 2,470 domestic US flights were canceled on Christmas Day.
Another 6,130 flights within, to or from the United States were delayed as of Sunday evening.
The airport hardest hit by cancellations is Denver International in Colorado — a state that has so far had two deaths due to the severe cold, according to police.
FlightAware reported that 129 outbound flights were canceled at the airport, while a further 158 inbound flights were cancelled.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta also recorded over 100 cancellations, closely followed by Harry Reid International in Las Vegas.
Southwest Airlines canceled 1,078 flights Sunday, a whopping 28 percent of its scheduled flights.
Buffalo Niagara International Airport is closed until Monday morning, officials said.
The NWS said there will be “dangerously cold wind showers across much of the central and eastern US” this holiday weekend.
The conditions “will pose a potentially life-threatening hazard to travelers who are stranded.”
The governors of New York, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia and Oklahoma have all declared states of emergency.
On Saturday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called the storm “one of the worst in history.”
MedStar emergency responders found an unresponsive man outside a McDonald’s in Forth Worth.
Officials say the man has been exposed to freezing temperatures in the area.
The unidentified man was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
As of 6 a.m. Friday, according to Fox 4 News, MedStar was responding to 27 calls about cold-related illnesses and injuries.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced three deaths Friday morning related to the polar front that swept through the state.
The deaths were reported in western Kentucky, Louisville and a third undisclosed location.
In Buffalo, New York, forecasters were forecasting a “once in a generation storm” due to heavy lake-effect snow, wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour, whiteouts and the potential for extensive power outages.
Two people died at their homes in Buffalo on Friday while suffering medical emergencies when emergency responders were unable to reach them during the storm.
Hochul said Saturday that almost every fire truck in Buffalo was stranded in the snow.
“No matter how many emergency vehicles we have, they cannot survive the conditions as we speak,” Hochul said.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Saturday that a doctor needed to talk a pregnant woman and her sister through the birthing process of their child.
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