Baltimore. The United States was slowly emerging from a historic winter storm on Wednesday, but its impact continued to be felt especially at airports served by Southwest Airlines, where hundreds of thousands of passengers were looking to catch a flight after a cascade of cancellations.
More than 60 people died from the storm in the United States; more than half in Erie County, New York.
Erie County Administrator Mark Poloncarz said more deaths could be found during inspections in neighborhoods that were without power for extended periods during the storm as they were exposed to freezing temperatures without heating.
Videos circulated on social networks showing how, in the midst of bad weather, individuals broke into businesses in Buffalo (New York) and walked the streets with stolen items; Affected stores include Walmart, Family Dollar, Rite Aid and Dollar General.
At airports, especially in Denver, Chicago and Baltimore, flight disruptions continued. Other airlines recovered from the effects of the winter storm, but not Southwest, which canceled 2,500 flights on Wednesday and 2,300 more on Thursday.
Exhausted Southwest passengers were trying to find seats on other airlines or renting cars to get to their destination, but many remained stranded.
The airline’s CEO, Bob Jordan, said that normal flight schedules may be restored as soon as next week.
The Dallas airline was affected by a number of factors, including an outdated crew scheduling system and a network design that allows cancellations in one region to quickly ripple across the country, the agency explained. app.