US President Joe Biden is stuck in a private presidential meeting due to bad weather.
Blizzard is over near the US capital, but travel isn’t a hardship: Drivers on a major highway near Washington, DC on Tuesday reported being stuck in their cars in freezing weather for nearly 24 hours. Agence France-Presse reported this.
Families tried to go home after an extended New Year’s holiday, but I-95 in Virginia, DC, near Washington, D.C., was still dangerously icy, fuel tanks were empty, and there was no help, drivers said.
Aerial shots captured seemingly endless rows of cars and trucks, shock absorbent. That’s how they stood there at night – on a section of the highway notorious for traffic jams even in good weather.
The outside temperature was minus 12 degrees Celsius
One frustrated passenger was U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, who got stuck in a Interstate 95 car on his way back from his state to Washington, D.C. The authorities shut it down. The reason was heavy snow on Monday.
“Yesterday I went on my usual two-hour drive to DC. At 7 p.m., I’m nowhere near the Capitol,” Keane wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
Jim Davidi, a Florida-based journalist who works for CBS Television, said he was stranded on the highway for more than 20 hours. “I’m not sure,” he wrote, “but I believe I now have the right to a permanent home in Virginia.”
In another live broadcast, DeFede described the highway as an icy parking lot where nothing moves. He added that the highway patrol or the tow truck did not see more than 12 hours. The temperature outside as he spoke was less than 12 degrees Celsius.
DeFede said the engine ran for about an hour to warm up, then stopped it and repeated the process, but the time went on. “I have just over half a tank of gas and I have no idea when anyone will come and get us out of here,” he said.
President Joe Biden is stuck in Air Force One
On Monday, a snowstorm struck with unexpected force, and the area around Washington, D.C., erupted unprepared. It even caused US President Joe Biden to be temporarily stranded at Air Force One’s presidential parade, and Washington covered 23 inches of snow – more in some parts of Virginia.
Bad weather has also caused more flight disruptions, the number of which is severely limited due to staff shortages during a record wave of coronavirus infections.
The user of the social network, Instagram, wrote that his family of four with two young children slept in a car, ran out of water and walked five kilometers to the home of the Good Samaritan. “The last 24 hours were the longest in our lives,” the user said.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, many passengers have been stranded on I-95 since Monday morning.
“Gamer. Wannabe beer evangelist. Pop culture practitioner. Travel lover. Social media advocate.”