Winter storms: Another system is bringing more misery to hardest-hit states


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This storm aside, the brutally cold weather continues across the central and southern US, straining utilities and helping leave more than 3.8 million homes and businesses without electricity — 3.4 million of which are in Texas.

Her bedroom flooded, thanks to a burst pipe, she told CNN.

“It’s just me, my mom, my sister and my pets trying to keep warm and eat whatever we have here that hasn’t gotten spoiled,” 16-year-old Villarreal wrote on Twitter.
About 125 million people are under winter weather alerts extending from Texas to New England. On Wednesday, snow and freezing rain are expected to bring perilous travel conditions and more power outages from the south-central US into the central East Coast.
Freezing rain already was falling in parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana on Wednesday morning, in some places leaving streets and sidewalks coated in ice and making travel difficult.
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Weather has led to at least 26 deaths across the country, including three people who died in carbon monoxide related incidents and one driver who hit a snowplow.

In Texas, officials say high demand and freezing conditions have crippled utilities’ power generation since Sunday, causing rolling power blackouts or continuous outages, sending many people to fireplaces, vehicles or other means to stay warm.

On Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service:

— 3 to 6 inches of snow could fall from Arkansas and the Mid-South to the central Appalachians.

— Significant ice accumulations are forecast in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.

“In areas … with these devastating ice accumulations, residents can expect dangerous travel conditions, numerous power outages and extensive tree damage,” the weather service wrote.

By Thursday, the storm is expected to drop snow from the Mid-Atlantic to New England.

Spending the night in a car for warmth

In Texas, many resident have scrambled for alternative heating with electricity out continuously or intermittently for days.

In San Antonio, Jordan Orta and her 2-year-old son slept in her car Tuesday night because their powerless home was so cold, as outside temperatures dipped into the 20s. Her home was without power from Tuesday night until early Wednesday, after earlier outages.

Water service also has been unreliable, so when she heard service was about to shut off again, “we filled up pitchers and tubs of water,” she told CNN. “I went to (a store on Tuesday) and there was no water left, so if we lose water, it’s all we got until who knows when.”

“We have a gas stove, so we’ve been able to warm up leftovers and cook what we have,” Orta said.

Texas mayor spent 38 hours without heat or water

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price told CNN Tuesday night that she was been without power or water for around 38 hours.

Vehicles driving on snow-covered Interstate 10 Monday in Houston.

“It got down to a record low last night, two degrees below,” Price said. “So, it is really cold, and this is Texas, North Texas. We don’t get this kind of weather. People don’t always have the clothing for it, and certainly don’t drive in it very well.”

Officials slam grid operator as dark comes and millions remain without power

“If people have neighbors that they know don’t have heat and maybe they do, offer to take them in, let’s watch out for each other, let’s try to do the right thing by helping, share what we have,” the mayor urged residents. Price says the city has the resources to open more shelters if needed and will evaluate the situation hour by hour.

For residents who are homeless and can’t be served by shelters, Waco, Texas, is providing 15 hotel rooms for six nights, said Mayor Dillon Meek.

“This is not a sustainable solution but helps keep vulnerable persons from sheltering in single digit temperatures.”

Weather delays Covid-19 vaccinations

The poor weather, meanwhile, will cause widespread delays in Covid-19 vaccine deliveries around the United States in coming days, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
Shipment delays and difficult local weather conditions are causing numerous vaccination sites to postpone appointments from Colorado to the East Coast.
Cities and states delay Covid-19 vaccine distribution because of winter storms

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he believed his city would temporarily “run out” of doses by Thursday, at least in part because of weather-related shipment delays.

Nationwide, “shipping partners are working to deliver vaccine where possible … but the adverse weather is expected to continue to impact shipments” out of FedEx facilities in Memphis and Louisville, “which serve as vaccine shipping hubs for multiple states,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said Wednesday.

People work to dig out their cars along a residential street on Tuesday in Chicago, Illinois.

Water lines break and power lines fall

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, more than 100 water main and service line breaks were reported Tuesday due to freezing conditions, according to the Waterline Break Board on the City of Tulsa’s website.

“Water line breaks in Tulsa are creating dangerous conditions,” Tulsa police tweeted with a photo of a parked patrol car that became stuck when a water line broke and the water froze around the vehicle’s wheels.

A strong winter storm in the Northwest, meanwhile, has left more than 150,000 utility customers in Oregon without power as of Wednesday morning. Portland General Electric said late Tuesday at least 8,493 were power lines were down and at least four substations were out.
“A series of historic storms has hit our communities, bringing three waves of snow, ice and wind. As each storm rolls in, more ice builds up on trees and power lines, that causes more and more trees and power lines to fall,” the company said.
People enter a Covid-19 testing site Saturday in Seattle, Washington.
Travel conditions have also led to thousands of canceled flights, according to FlightAware.com

CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji, Judson Jones, Dave Hennen, Michael Guy, Chris Boyette, Gisela Crespo, Rebekah Riess and Jessica Myers contributed to this report.



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