Rescues Continue After Storm Buries Buffalo [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports:

The storm unleashed its full fury on Buffalo with hurricane-force winds causing whiteout conditions. Emergency response efforts were paralyzed. Three people died in the Buffalo area, including two who suffered medical emergencies in their homes and couldn’t be saved because emergency crews were unable to reach them amid historic blizzard conditions.

Deep snow, single-digit temperatures and day-old power outages sent Buffalo residents scrambling Saturday to get out of their houses to anywhere that had heat. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the Buffalo Niagara International Airport would be closed through Monday morning and almost every fire truck in the city was stranded in the snow.

The New York Times reports:

“This may turn out to be the worst storm in our community’s history, surpassing the famed Blizzard of ’77 for its ferocity,” Mark Poloncarz, the Erie County executive, said.

Emergency workers who had already performed dozens of rescues Friday and early Saturday were still retrieving people from cars as darkness fell.

Some residents prepared to spend another night at home without power, with no safe way to reach shelter elsewhere. In one case, a doctor had to talk a woman through her labor on the phone, giving instructions to her sister on how to deliver the baby.