The recent storm in Washington, D.C., has left over 300,000 people without power as of January, 27th. Fast features has decided to take a look at the worst five blizzards in U.S. history.
5. "The Children's Blizzard"
This blizzard occurred in 1888, causing 230 deaths. The blizzard was completely unexpected, and temperatures dropped from above zero to below 40 in the course of a day. Many people, mostly children who had left for school that morning, died of hypothermia.
4.Great Lakes, 1913:
In 1913, from November 7th to the 10th, a blizzard ripped through the Great Lakes region, leaving over 260 people dead.
During the storm, winds reach between 60 and 90 mph. Mostly sailors, who were out on the Lakes, were killed.
3. "The White Hurricane"
300 people were killed in 1993 between March 11th and the 15th. In addition to massive amounts of snow, the blizzard created heavy rainfall and tornadoes. At one point, the storm stretched from Canada to Central America. The storm focused the majority of its wrath on Cuba and the Eastern U.S.
2. Appalachian Storm
New Hampshire saw the strength of the Appalachian storm in 1950, with 353 deaths. Winds in Concord reached 110mph at one point! The storm cost $66.7 million and left 1,000,000 without power.
1. Blizzard of 1888
This storm occurred the same year as "The Children's Blizzard" and caused major damage to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. Due to the hazardous conditions, railroads were closed down, which prevented many people from having any form of transportation. Over 400 people died in the storm. Massive flooding and inextinguishable fires destroyed major cities.