The eastern coast of the United States was covered by a thick layer of snow brought by the monster “Jonas” storm, nicknamed “Snowzilla”, which disrupted the electricity in many places and forced the authorities to resort to military means for removing the snow.
For several days, weather service announces the arrival of this record storm, that hit much of the East Coast of the US from Washington to New York. “I want to express myself very clearly for everyone. We are preparing to face a major storm that we consider very dangerous,” said the Mayor of Washington, Muriel Bowser.
Approximately 85 million people, or nearly a quarter of the total US population could be affected by the Snowzilla blizzard, writes the Washington Post.
According to weather forecasts, the snow blanket in Washington is expected to be more than 60 centimeter thick. The snow will be accompanied by wind gusts of up to 90 km / h and large waves that threaten to flood the coastal areas. Police asked Washington residents to stay at home until the storm ends. Both Washington and neighboring states of Virginia and Maryland, have been placed under a state of emergency.
Residents of the US capital, where schools were closed on Friday, made provisions of food for this weekend by forming long lines at the supermarkets.
In Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe mobilized National Guard members for snow removal and rescue operations. Also, the authorities have gathered 650,000 tons of salt and 8 million liters of saline solution to release the streets.
Video: Jonas snowstorm, aka. Snowzilla blizzard, sends Washington and eastern US into chaos
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