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After Smothering the South, Snowstorm Cripples the Northeast
At least 21 deaths reported and power cut from more than half a million homes and businesses
By Dan Kedmey, Feb. 14, 2014, The Washington Post
STAN HONDA / AFP / Getty Images
A woman walks through the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan February 13, 2014, in New York.
And the award for most snow-smothered city on the eastern seaboard goes to Pilot, VA, with 28.5 inches, but let’s hear it for the runners up, virtually every city between Atlanta and Boston.
The massive sweep of Winter Storm Pax has brought life across the eastern United States to a halt. City and state officials urged residents to remain indoors as the storm pushed northward, heaping 9 inches of snow on Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, nearly 10 inches on New York and 14 inches on Fairfield, CT, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters expect the storm to unleash one last carpet of snow on northern New England before finally subsiding Friday afternoon.
At least 21 deaths have been reported, mostly from traffic accidents along treacherous roads, including one snow plow in New York that struck a pregnant woman dead. Her baby survived an emergency cesarean section and is currently in critical condition, the New York Times reports.
Ice encrusted power lines and fallen branches have left power companies scrambling to restore power to more than half a million homes and businesses, mainly in North Carolina and Georgia according to the Associated Press. And the flight tracking service FlightAware has counted more than 1,000 additional flight cancellations Friday.
And as the storm recedes into the north, the inevitable criticism of public officials follows. This time, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio came under fire for his decision to keep city schools open on Thursday. “Unlike other cities in the country, we don’t shut down in the face of some adversity,” de Blasio said, according to the L.A. Times. But many winter-weary New Yorkers, from fans of a Facebook page calling for a school closure to NBC weatherman Al Roker, argued that with this wintry mix, the only sensible response is to remain indoors.
TPS INFERENCE QUESTIONS:
Determine if the following statements are true or false.
- The cities of Pilot, Atlanta, and Boston have witnessed unprecedented blizzards in the most recent winter storms.
- Winter storms have ravaged the eastern seaboard of the United States.
- Speculative warnings have it that the winter storms are expected to linger into the upcoming weeks.
- The most recent snowstorms are predicted to thrash New England before the onset of the weekend.
- The harsh conditions of sub-zero weather have been taking their victims in this latest winter adversity.
- Pregnant women stand a greater chance of fatal accidents due to the winter’s temperatures and icy circumstances.
- Power outages have blocked airports along the entire eastern coast of the USA.
- Thousands of airlines were grounded on Friday due to the extreme weather conditions.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio was publicly lambasted for his decision to ignore the poor weather and keep the city of New York going business as usual.
- Many local residents of New York City have taken to the internet to call for emergency actions for local schools.
* Todd Marshall é professor de Inglês do Curso Sapientia. Mais informações sobre Todd e sobre a prova de inglês do CACD, veja este vídeo.