The U.S. winter storm returns: 40 million people are affected and nearly a thousand flights are canceled

On January 31, local time, the National Weather Service warned that a wide-ranging and dangerous winter storm had already appeared in parts of the central and southern United States. From New Mexico to West Virginia, more than 40 million people received winter weather warnings of various forms, including icy roads. Nearly 1,000 flights have been canceled in the U.S. due to the extreme weather brought on by the winter storm, including 742 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to flight tracking website Flightaware. | Related reading (Financial Association)

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In the past two years, the catastrophic effects of extreme weather have come frequently. In the spring and summer of last year, droughts and floods occurred alternately in various places, such as the floods in Henan and the droughts in southern my country in summer. In winter, North America, especially Canada, has more snowfall and low temperature and cold waves.

At the end of December last year, the United States issued “one of the most extensive winter weather warnings ever issued”, and the subsequent cold snap, snowfall and high winds caused huge damage to infrastructure in various regions. Not long after now, it is already February, and the winter storm has returned. It is hard to estimate the impact of such abnormal weather on the lives of local residents and infrastructure, but this may mean that this year may still be like Like last year, extreme weather disasters occurred frequently.

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