News / USA

US Mid-Atlantic Digs Out of Epic Snow Storm

The blizzard battered the US capital and the Mid-Atlantic region, prompting President Barack Obama to call it 'Snowmageddon'

A man shovels snow outside his home in Fairfax, Virginia, 7 Feb. 2010
A man shovels snow outside his home in Fairfax, Virginia, 7 Feb. 2010

Residents of the mid-Atlantic United States face the daunting task of digging out from another record-setting blizzard that dumped more than 75 centimeters of snow.  

This the second major snow storm to hit the Middle Atlantic region in less than two months. It knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people and caused at least two deaths.

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest blizzard on record dumped 72 centimeters in the Washington, D.C. area in January 1922.

Airports were closed and rail service disrupted.  The heavy winds and snow brought down the roof on a hangar at Dulles international airport outside Washington.

States of emergency were declared across the region. Some hospitals appealed to people with four-wheel-drive cars to volunteer to drive doctors and nurses to work.

The snowfall started early Friday and subsided by night, but winds and the snowfall picked up early Saturday, and temperatures dropped, with snow at times falling an inch or two an hour, diminishing visibility for drivers.

A few people ventured out to walk their dogs and play with their children in the snow.

A woman and her children walking their dog and playing in the snow, Fairfax, Virginia, 7 Feb. 2010
A woman and her children walking their dog and playing in the snow, Fairfax, Virginia, 7 Feb. 2010

"We are going to play a lot," said Tony, a resident of Fairfax, Virginia. "We will build a snowman. This is the heaviest storm I have ever seen," he said.

The blizzard also battered the U.S. capital, prompting President Barack Obama to call it "Snowmageddon," a play on words combining "snow" and the apocalyptic event in the Bible known as "Armageddon."  

Mr. Obama's motorcade was involved in a minor accident as it left the White House grounds during the storm on Saturday.

Emergency crews struggled to keep pace with the heavy snow that piled up on roadways and toppled trees.

Another significant storm is expected to slam the eastern states Tuesday. It is expected to dump six inches of snow. As temperatures remain below freezing, snow piles will stick around for days.

You May Like

Video Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy

While older, more conservative Cuban Americans have promoted anti-Castro political movement for years, younger generations say economically, it is time for change More

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions

Militants suspected in latest mass kidnapping of over 100 people in Gumsuri, Nigeria on Sunday More

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid