Millions of people in the United States were without power in the early hours of Tuesday, when deadly storms wreaked havoc in the southern and central parts of the country, in places where such a dangerous situation occurs at once.
The massive storm was expected to bring snow, sleep and freezing rain to the northeast, while the central part of the country braked for several more days of record low temperatures and sustained power failure.
More than four million customers across the country were without electricity in the early hours of Tuesday, Which collects live data data from utilities across the country. Most of the outages were in Texas, where electricity was disrupted on Sunday and Monday due to hurricane damage or a rotating outage ordered by regulators. Many interruptions were fairly short, lasting between 15 and 45 minutes, but some customers lost power for hours and were unsure when to return.
The National Weather Service warned that millions of Americans from coast to coast would be subject to some sort of weather-related warning or advisory. Tuesday’s forecasts for different parts of the country are as follows:
The New York City area was expected to receive intermittent rain overnight.The National Weather Service said that for New York State and parts of New Jersey remained in effect until midnight, two tenths of an inch accumulated as expected. The icy conditions of the region can cause power shortages and create dangerous travel conditions for morning commuters.
Icy storm warnings were also in effect for parts of western Pennsylvania from 7 a.m.. Freezing rain was expected, with about an inch of snow accumulating around an inch.
As the weather system reached the north,For Vermont and Northern New York. The storm was forecast for up to 10 inches of snow, sleep and freezing rain in those areas.
Midwest and Texas
A new storm of snow is expected to develop in parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and the Ohio Valley by four inches on Tuesday,. The northern parts of Arkansas are expected to receive about 12 inches of snow.
In Texas, rain was expected across the state, with snow accumulation of up to half an inch.
Greg Greg Abbott of Texas said Monday that the state has deployed “maximum resources” to respond to severe weather and restore power to communities. Those resources included soldiers from the National Guard, who were called to help carry out welfare checks and visit one of the state’s 135 warming centers.
Various winter storm warnings and advisories were in effect in parts of the west on Tuesday.
Washington state areas were estimated to receive heavy snow, with accumulation reaching 25 inches. aWas in effect for most of the day.
Weather service said snowfall for the central and southern Rockies could range from eight to 12 inches, rising to one to two feet on the highest peaks on Tuesday.
In Oregon, where winter weather advisories remained in force until midnight and additional snow accumulation could reach seven inches, at least 200,000 customers were without electricity until Tuesday morning. During the September 2020 wildfire, more utility areas are more widespread in the region than ever before., Noting that he had declared a state of emergency on Saturday to seek help.
It was brought up almost everywhere for its vast reach and for a particularly dangerous element: snow. This left treacherous varnishes on the roads in many parts of the country, with driving on snow also a rare place.
It was also accepting a storm as it was punishing. Mexico’s beaches were covered in ice sheets and people leftOn the streets of southern Louisiana. Some places in Alabama were warned of an icy storm and a possible tornado outbreak in others. Temperatures in Austin, Texas were lower than in Anchorage, Alaska.
“It’s snowing in Houston and it’s going to rain in Pennsylvania,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Ross at State College, “when does it happen?”
The blanket was covered in Texas by one of its largest snowfall and hundreds of thousands of power outages, flight cancellations and immediate warnings from government leaders and emergency observers to reduce power consumption and reduce power consumption Were battling with. The 8 degrees recorded in Austin was the lowest in 32 years, forecasts said, and the 6.4 inches of snow that lashed the city overnight was the deepest in 55 years.
Across the country, at least 11 people have died in the middle of last week as the storm intensified; Including a pileup in Fort Worth, Kentucky and Texas roads have killed 10 in car accidents, accounting for slippery roads that involved more than 100 vehicles and killed six people. And San Antonio officials said weather conditions contributed to the death of the 78-year-old man.
The brutal cold in the middle of the country sometimes seems to avert a winter trend, but research suggests that frictional temperatures in Texas may be a result of global warming, a phenomenon that has caused climate scientist Caterin Hayhoe to phrase Is inspired to use. “Global Wearing.”
Research has suggested that Arctic warming is weakening the jet stream, the high-level air stream that surrounds the northern latitudes and usually holds back the frictionless polar vortex. This allows cold air to escape to the south, especially when an explosion of additional warming strikes the stratosphere and distorts the vortex. The result can be episodes of cold temperatures, even in places that are rarely surrounded by frost.
“For the love of good, please stay home,”On Monday afternoon. “It’s so bad here !!!! Another injury accident. Roads are white !!!! “
It was cold on most parts of Texas on Monday as it was in Maine.
Houston hit a 15 degree record level of 1 Feb degree, breaking the previous record of 1 set degree set in 1905. In Austin, it was just, degree, set in 1909, breaking the previous record of 20 degrees. Records date also fell in San Antonio (9 °) and Dallas (7 °).
And the Frigid Blast gave no indication. The National Weather Service warned that Arctic air and dangerous wind gusts would remain in the central part of the United States this week, breaking more records.
The brutal cold, especially in the south, has urged residents to stay home and avoid the icy roads. Texas officials worry about millions of people who have lost power, opened warming centers for residents to investigate and have deployed National Guard troops.
In the Houston area alone, about 1 million people were powerless on Monday night, which was expected to be the coldest night in 30 years, with temperatures dropping to 10 degrees.
Harris County, Texas top public executive Lina Hidalgo told residents on Monday, “I know that people who have lost power, I know you’re disappointed, I know you’re sad, I know you Are uncomfortable. ” .
Yet Ms. Hidalgo said that it was not possible to predict when power might be restored.
“And really, as much as we wish it wasn’t like this, things would go bad before they got better,” she said. “Until the weather gets better, there is a high probability of these people staying out of power, which won’t happen for a few days.”
Houston emergency management officials offered suggestions to help residents stay warm, even without power. He suggested covering the windows using icy tape, blankets and towels and blocking the doors with towels to prevent icy drafts.
Houston fire officials said they had responded to the increase in carbon monoxide poisoning, as residents turned to generators and space heaters to stay warm. He urged residents to ensure that they installed carbon monoxide detectors.
The harsh cold has broken records that stood for decades from the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast. In Hibbing, Minn., On Monday, temperatures went down to minus 38 degrees, beating the previous record of minus 32 set in 1939.
In the northern plateau, Neb., It was minus 29, falling below the previous record of minus 23 set in 1881, more than a century ago. In Oklahoma City, it was minus 6, also a record.
“I’m so glad that it seems like the people of Oklahoma City live in a large house,” said David Holt, the city’s mayor. “Obviously we expected them to do it,” he said. And we continue that request. This is probably the best bet. “
Authorities said early Tuesday that at least three people were killed and at least 10 people were injured while passing through the coastal town of southeastern North Carolina.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC said at midnight that there was a tornadoIn Brunswick County, and there was structural damage and fallen power lines along a highway.
Brunswick County officials later said at a press conference that three people were killed and 10 others were injured in the storm. He also said that there was “a significant amount of damage” to the area.
Randy Thompson, a commissioner in Brunswick County, told the news conference that the tornado caused structural damage, causing some people to be evacuated from their homes. He did not elaborate on the exact damage or the number of people affected. He said that shelters are being made to help the needy people.
Brunswick County Sheriff’s OfficeThat trees fell on roadways and homes destroyed by the storm.
A reporter for the local television station WWAY said, “I fear what day is going to be here in Brunswick County at Ocean Ridge Plantation.”, Wrote on Twitter after surveying the damage at Ocean Ridge Plantation. “The House is completely gone and right now I can see the same.”
It was unclear how or what the meteorite was related to the massive winter stormon Monday.
Earlier on Monday, the National Weather Service in Thalassi, Fla.Damascus, Ga. Near, a town of about 300 people in the southern part of the state, after a tornado passed through the area.
Pictures showed trees ripping off roofs, flying outside windows and scattered trees above the remains. But Georgia Department of Natural ResourcesThat no fatal incident has taken place.