Extreme US weather 美国遭遇极端恶劣天气

更新时间 2014年 2月 21日, 星期五 - 格林尼治标准时间12:12

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A snowy street in the USA

The USA has been suffering from extreme weather conditions

美国连日来不断遭遇恶劣天气袭击。东海岸遭遇极寒暴风雪天气,已有20多个州的1亿美国人受到影响。与此同时,美国西海岸加州正在经历有记录以来最严重的一次旱灾。请听 Beth McLeod 为 BBC 发来的报道:

After burying the American East Coast in snow all the way from Georgia up to Maine, the storm has moved north to Canada. It has left an icy trail of destruction in its wake; hundreds of thousands of homes are still without power, mostly in southern states like the Carolinas, which are used to milder winter weather.

The extreme conditions are being blamed for at least 25 deaths, mostly in traffic accidents on roads that are slick with ice. Thirty people were injured in a multi-car pileup in Pennsylvania and more than 14,000 flights have been cancelled this week so far.

President Obama has left the snow in Washington for the West Coast, where he has been talking about a very different type of extreme weather; California is in the midst of its worst drought in a hundred years. He promised federal money to help deal with what he called a "very challenging situation"

Quiz 听力测验

What have hundreds of thousands of homes been left without?

Hundreds of thousands of homes are still without power.

True or false? The storm has moved north to Canada after covering the whole of the US in snow.

False. Only the American East Coast has been affected by the snow storm.

How did most of the deaths occur during this storm?

They mostly occurred in traffic accidents on roads that are slick with ice.

What are the weather conditions like in California at the moment?

Hot and dry.

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