Extreme US weather 美國遭遇極端惡劣天氣

更新時間 2014年 2月 21日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間12:12

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A snowy street in the USA

The USA has been suffering from extreme weather conditions

美國連日來不斷遭遇惡劣天氣襲擊。東海岸遭遇極寒暴風雪天氣,已有20多個州的1億美國人受到影響。與此同時,美國西海岸加州正在經歷有記錄以來最嚴重的一次旱災。請聽 Beth McLeod 為 BBC 發來的報道:

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 聽力測驗

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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