Sweeps Northeastern US
Sweeps Northeastern US
Last updated on: January 27, 2015 6:18 PM (source)
Last updated on: January 27, 2015 6:18 PM
A massive winter storm dropped up to 60 centimeters of snow in some
parts of the northeastern U.S. Monday and Tuesday, but fell short of forecasters' worst
強大的冬季暴風雪在美國東北部降下了約60公分的雪，但還未達(fall short of .
Massachusetts and Connecticut saw some of the heaviest snow. Blizzard warnings remained in effect in Massachusetts Tuesday
afternoon, as well as in coastal areas of Maine and Rhode Island.
(blizzard warnings)仍未解除，仍有效(in effect)。
Snow was not the only danger from the storm, which also carried
powerful winds. The highest reported winds reached 126 kilometers per
hour on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. Power outages and flooding were also
reported in the state.
In New York and New Jersey, it was a different story as officials and
forecasters were forced to defend their strong warnings after the storm
produced less snow than anticipated.
The governors of New York and New Jersey began lifting travel bans after dawn Tuesday, while the
National Weather Service canceled its blizzard warning for New York
"This is nothing like we feared it would be," New York City Mayor Bill
de Blasio told CNN. De Blasio had earlier warned the storm could be one
of the worst the city had ever faced.
In Manhattan's largely deserted Times Square, residents were underwhelmed.
"I was expecting 2 feet [60 cm], and it's only like a couple of inches
[5 cm]," said New York resident Allison Tiberie. "So they're making a
big deal out of nothing. I didn't think it was that bad."
的積雪，但現在好像只有兩吋而已(5公分)。官員們小題大作了(making a big
deal out of nothing)，這場風暴沒這麼嚴重。」
New York state's governor, Andrew Cuomo, defended the decision to implement the travel bans, saying it
was better to be safe than sorry.
汗總比流血好(better safe than sorry)。
"I would rather, if there's a lean one way or another, if you
will, lean toward safety," he said. "Because I've seen the consequences
the other way, and it gets very frightening, very quickly. And I've
seen people put in extraordinarily dangerous situations, and we've had
people die in storms."
「如果有兩個可能的決策方向，我寧可作出過度傾向(lean toward . . .)安
The New York Stock Exchange was operating normally Tuesday, but United
Nations headquarters and many
schools and businesses across the Northeast were closed.
Thousands of flights across the region were canceled, according to
FlightAware.com. The blizzard had a ripple effect on travelers and
airports all across the U.S. As far south as Atlanta's
Hartsfield-Jackson airport, more than 50 flights were canceled. The
only reported death in the storm occurred on New York's Long Island,
which was hit much harder than Manhattan. The victim was a teenager who
crashed into a light post while snow tubing.
帶效應(a ripple effect)影響，一路往南到亞特蘭大的機場都有50班次取消。紐約長島受風雪襲擊的程度高於曼哈頓，是目前
The brunt of the storm missed
the nation's capital, which saw only light snow mixed with rain, but
federal offices and public schools in the city opened two hours late
Tuesday to give people extra travel time.
On social media, Americans waiting out the snowstorm posted photos and
videos of their cities blanketed in white. Hashtags such as
#blizzardof2015 and #Snowmageddon2015 quickly gained traction.
等待暴風雪平息(wait . . .out)的
(gain traction)。(編按：hash一字是單指 “#” 這個符號，hashtag是指在 “#”
As officials and residents prepared for the worst, Broadway theater
productions in Manhattan went dark Monday night, New York-area National
Basketball Association teams postponed games and store shelves cleared
out quickly as people scrambled
to pick up supplies. Drivers largely heeded
orders to stay off the streets in both New York and Boston overnight.
Originally, up to 90 centimeters of snow was expected to fall in some
regions of the Northeast, accompanied by near-hurricane-force winds and
(v phr) 達不到，未達 . . . 程度
3. in effect
(p phr) 生效
(n phr) 停電
5. lift a ban
( v phr) 取消禁令
(n) 總部 *本字是「單複數同型」，字尾一定有 “s”，要注意！
11. wait out
. . .
(v phr) 等待 . . . 結束
(v) 急忙地要去. . . *本字常見語意是把東西「打亂、弄亂」；烹飪時把蛋打碎來吃的「炒蛋」就是scrambled eggs
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in the blanks with a word or phrase from the list above. Make necessary
changes. After you finish, select the text above to reveal the hidden
1. A recent report showed how older workers bear the brunt
of economic recession.
2. The traffic was entirely crippled
for the day.
3. Supply fell short of
4. We have decided to implement
committee's recommendations in full.
5. They were scrambling
to give the
impression that the situation was in control.
6. Eliot had to drive home in the blizzard