Winter storms hold deadly grip in states struggling to recover as icy threat heads toward East Coast
More than 100 million people spread from Texas to Massachusetts are under winter storm warning or winter weather advice.
And in the last few days, the stories of the difficulty caused by the deep cold in the entire region have increased.
According to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward, blankets of snow and widespread power outages have brought blankets in Texas as well as Oklahoma, bringing half an inch of snow to North Carolina and parts of Virginia. .
Warden said Washington, D.C. will receive snow, sleep and freezing rain by Thursday morning, while New York should see six to eight inches of snow that afternoon.
The weather is not a common cold. Some of those who have already been affected by the storm have spent days without electricity and water, and probably will not see the temperature rise until next week.
Texans have taken the brunt of the crisis.
A mother told CNN that she is considering moving to Mexico to keep her family safe in a hotel. With hopes of another freeze, she is running out of options for her three children, whose insulin is worsening and her child is on the autism spectrum, with a compromised immune system.
“You either go to the asylum to warm up, or you stay home, in the cold, and away from the epidemic,” Sylvia Cerda Salinas told CNN’s Don Lemon.
The weather turns deadly
Consistent severe weather means more days of risk for fatalities and injuries.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday warned doctors to be aware of the increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and deaths in the form of hurricanes in the country.
Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless gas that can be formed when any fossil fuel burns – gasoline, coal, or natural gas. Home heating systems are a common source, but the danger is particularly high when people turn to unusual sources of heat or electricity during a power outage.
According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, from Saturday to Monday, four adults in Oregon died of carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to stay warm. One person appeared to be ignited inside a charcoal briquette, while three others were sheltering in recreational vehicles.
While Kentucky officials have responded to calls regarding carbon monoxide, state police reported Wednesday that a 25-year-old man was found dead on Friday as a result of hypothermia.
Texas has lost 16 residents for the season, while the rest of the toll extends to Tennessee, Oregon, Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Residents take shelter in their cars
With so little available, many families are relying on their vehicles to make it through the cold.
Another Texan family, with no electricity in their home, opted to drive more than 200 miles through snow and ice, for shelter.
A two-and-a-half-hour drive usually turns into a five- or six-hour trek, Bryce Smith said. He said one of the things that made the drive from Austin to Royce City possible was that he is from Iowa and knew how to drive in the snow.
He said, “There is no solution here. There is no help here. You go away from here and it is just fresh snow and ice. There is no sand below,” he said.
A long wait for the power to come back
Winter storms in Kentucky have “caused physical damage to the infrastructure that electrocutes and saves homes” and some residents still can’t get electricity by the end of the week, state officials said.
“We believe we’re going to have enough edge to get people back to their power by the end of this week, but some areas of eastern Kentucky may take longer by the end of the week,” said government Andy Bayshear, Which admitted that it was hard news for the residents.
The weather has also knocked out water plants in many places, including Marlin, a city in central Texas with a population of more than 5,500 residents.
Talking about the frustration of the residents, Marlins City Manager Cedric Davis said “They are calling us, calling us names, saying they don’t understand, they don’t understand. We cried last night. We are giving it our all. People are doing it. ” The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that they do not understand. I have never seen this happen.
Fortunately, Texas’ electricity provider, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), said Wednesday that it is making progress in restoring power to the state’s electrical system and expects local utilities on a rotating outage rather than an extended outage on Thursday morning Can return.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Constantin Toropin, Dave Alsup, Artemis Moshtaghian, Rebekah Rees, Jason Hanna, Steve Almasi, Ed Lavandera and Keith Allen contributed to this report.