The National Weather Service on Tuesday warned of a high probability of snowfall accompanied by strong winds, large parts of the country. Warning of impending snowfall issued for 30 states, ice storms are predicted in eight of them: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
"The president on Tuesday morning heard the report of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate on the preparations for snowfall and blizzards, which is expected by the end of the week … The President pointed to the need for ministers to be ready for any development situation, including the massive power outage across the country, and increase the level of cooperation agencies to more effectively care for citizens, "- said Tuesday the press service of the White House.
On the instructions of the President of the ministry in the near future will begin to inform Americans about how to behave in such weather events as well as the location of shelters, rescue equipment and stationary emergency numbers and "panic buttons." In Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island on Tuesday will be sent additional units of the rescuers.
"FEMA has also prepared a supply of food and essential items, including warm clothes, blankets, generators, to send to the areas affected by the disaster," — said the press service.
U.S. airlines canceled more than 4.4 thousand flights due to snow storm
Over 4.4 thousand flights canceled on Tuesday in the U.S. because the blizzard raging over a significant part of U.S. territory, according to Agence France Presse.
A number of airlines have reported previously on the abolition of 2.428 thousands of flights on Wednesday, the agency reports.
On Tuesday, in the most affected by the weather O'Hare International Airport in Chicago because of snow, accompanied by freezing rain and gusty winds, were canceled 800 flights.
Major transport hub in the south of the United States, Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, has been temporarily closed, which led to the cancellation of over 700 flights. International JFK Airport and La Guardia in New York and Newark Liberty in New Jersey for a total of about 1.42 canceled thousands of flights.
According to AFP, the blizzard of the most affected airline, whose bases are located in Chicago and Newark airports, in particular, United Airlines, American Airlines and Continental Airlines.
According to meteorologists, the snow cyclone, which linger in the U.S. for at least three days and affected three quarters of the U.S. territory — from the New England region in the north-eastern United States to the state of New Mexico in the south-west.