Europe and US dealt with extreme weather conditions last couple of weeks. Natural phenomenon cause shutting down of cities and transportation systems, damaging property, hurting the economy, and causing injuries and loss of life. Blizzards, snow, floods etc. affect the environment by damaging or destroying trees, plants, and crops.
The quantity of snow deposited by a blizzard can make it difficult, rather impossible for people to move freely. Roads blocked with snow can make transportation impractical, and the loss of power can make it difficult for businesses and other organizations to function. When workers cannot get to work and businesses cannot run, the local economy gets damaged.
Blizzards can also cause massive property damage due to roof collapses, windows breaking and damages to assets like cars and houses by trees falling over them. The inclement conditions caused by blizzards are also hazardous to humans, and the cold temperatures can even prove fatal.
In terms of environmental damage, blizzards can wreak havoc on plants and trees, damaging natural features and killing crops due to extreme weather conditions. Even after a blizzard ends, flooding can occur due to excess snowfall. If temperatures increase significantly after a blizzard, snow turns to water faster than the land can absorb it, causing flooding.
The transport sector is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters as above. Transport infrastructure exhibits significant vulnerabilities to extreme weather. This can damage or even destroy road, rail, port, and airport infrastructure.