73% of the United States is under snow due to a storm that leaves at least 15 dead

Snow Storm In The United States Kills At Least 20

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina – A winter storm that left millions without power amid historically low temperatures claimed more lives Tuesday, including three people who were found dead after a tornado struck a coastal town in North Carolina and those of four family members who died in a fire at a residence in the greater Houston area while using a campfire to keep warm.

The storm that disabled power grids and paralyzed activities in the southern plains left heavy snowfall and freezing rain from New England to the southeastern United States, where it caused extremely low temperatures. Freeze factor alerts were issued from Mexico to Canada.

In total, 20 deaths have been reported in the United States. Among some of the causes of death were traffic accidents and carbon monoxide poisoning. The weather also affected vaccination efforts against COVID-19 in the country. The administration of President Joe Biden noted that there may be delays in the movement and delivery of vaccines.

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Brunswick County, North Carolina, did not pay enough attention to dangerous weather and a tornado watch was not issued until the storm had already made ground.

The National Meteorological Service was “very surprised by how quickly the storm intensified … and in hours of the night when most of the people are already lying at home, a very dangerous situation is created,” said the director. of Emergency Services, Ed Conrow.

In Chicago, snowfalls that accumulated 46 centimeters (18 inches) forced public schools to cancel face-to-face classes on Tuesday. Hours earlier, along the generally warm Gulf of Mexico, skier Sam Fagg encountered snow on the beach in Galveston, Texas.

The worst blackouts in the United States were in Texas, where they affected more than 2 million homes and businesses. More than 250,000 people were also without power in parts of the Appalachians, and about 200,000 people were affected after an ice storm in northwestern Oregon, according to poweroutage.us, a website that tracks utility company reports. In Mexico, around 4 million people were without electricity.

Texas authorities requested 60 generators from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and planned to prioritize use for hospitals and nursing homes. The state installed 35 shelters for more than 1,000 occupants, the agency said.

More than 500 people took refuge in a Houston shelter. Mayor Sylvester Turner said other centers had to be closed due to lack of power.

After being without power since Monday, Natalie Harrell said she, her boyfriend and four children began taking refuge in the Gallery Furniture store in Houston. Harrell said the property’s heating center, owned by Jim McIngvale, has provided people with food, water and electricity to charge their essential electronic devices.

“It’s worse than a hurricane,” Harrell declared. “I think we will be more days without power, that’s what it seems.”

Utility companies from Minnesota to Texas implemented a blackout rotation to reduce the load on power lines to meet extreme demand for heat and electricity.

Blackouts lasting more than an hour began early Tuesday in Oklahoma City and about a dozen communities, suspending the use of electric heat, space heaters and lights just as temperatures were hovering around -8 degrees Fahrenheit (-22 degrees Celsius).

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