This winter has been a harsh one for many, but especially for residents of Buffalo, New York. Already struggling with the power outages, travel bans, and extreme weather conditions, Buffalo experienced yet another snowfall on Tuesday and the death toll continues to rise.
Anndel Taylor, a 22-year-old woman, was one of the 35 people who tragically succumbed to the frigid conditions and is the latest victim of the winter storm. Taylor had been trapped in her car for 18 hours while attempting to drive home from work on Friday and was found dead on Saturday. She had sent a video to her family before her death and is believed to have succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.
The winter storm has now become the deadliest in the region in more than four decades and the death toll has reached nearly 40 people. Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency in New York in response to the storm and its devastating toll.
The death of Taylor has hit her family especially hard, especially since it happened during the holiday season. Taylor had moved back to New York earlier this year to take care of her father, and her family says they are still in shock over the sudden loss. A GoFundMe has been set up to help bring Taylor home to Charlotte and pay for funeral expenses, and it has been flooded with comments from those who knew and loved her as well as strangers.
The winter storm in Buffalo has been an absolute tragedy and the death toll continues to rise. It is a reminder of how important it is to be prepared for extreme weather conditions and to follow the proper safety protocols. Our thoughts are with Taylor’s family and the other victims of this devastating winter storm.