North Dakota's governor declared a statewide emergency on Friday due to damage from freezing rain and winter storms, MTI reported.
A winter storm area passed over the northern and central part of the United States on Christmas Day with significant snow and ice rain, as well as wind gusts, leaving tens of thousands of people without power in North Dakota as well, and as of Friday, thousands of customers were without service.
The governor announced that he is also asking President Joe Biden to declare a federal emergency.
In North Dakota, damage was caused primarily by ice and freezing rain, with rain freezing on power lines that broke in several places, and power poles toppled during the storm.
Due to dangerous road conditions, the authorities were forced to close the highway leading to Canada, among other things, while in Bismarck, the state capital, 175 car accidents occurred on icy roads on Tuesday alone. Weather conditions allowed residents of some residential areas to skate on the frozen streets.
Giant tsunami-like waves inundated the West Coast of the United States at dawn on Friday, causing flooding in several places. Several people were injured in coastal parks after waves several meters high reached the area used by pedestrians.
According to meteorological reports, water masses 10 and 12 meters high reached the coast of Northern California in some places, and waves of similar size caused coastal flooding in part of the Hawaiian Islands. The US National Weather Service said the unusual waves were caused by a storm in the Pacific Ocean.
In Los Angeles and much of Southern California, surfers and beachgoers were warned of a high risk of drowning, and several beaches and state parks in the state were closed due to the weather, reports said. Watchman.
In the winter of 2021, several people died in the Gulf region after being swept out to sea by unexpectedly strong waves. The authorities fear that the risks are now greater. Winter waves have been rising in California since the 1970s due to climate change, and big waves are becoming more common, according to a study conducted this year.