A severe and deadly winter storm that wreaked havoc in South and Central America and covered the east coast with snow during a blizzard on Friday.
After days of freezing bones that left millions without electricity and reason Water pipes For oil-rich Texas to burst, temperatures were forecast to remain well above Friday in most parts of the Lone Star state and rise to 50 Fahrenheit (10 to 15 Celsius) over the weekend.
The National Weather Service said snowfall would continue in the Northeast US and New England. But the worst weather system is in bad shape.
Referring to the Continental United States, the NWS stated, “A very calm weather pattern is in store for CONUS over the next few days.”
On Thursday, the storm slammed an area extending from Virginia to the northeast, bringing icy buildup and treacherous travel conditions.
After nearly 200 flights were canceled and hurricane interrupted dose delivery delayed the opening of two COVID-19 vaccination sites, snow fell continuously throughout the day in New York City.
The Big Apple has already blanketed with snow twice this winter during two different storms.
Kara Dixon, an 18-year-old student, said, “The occasional snowfall is always good, but as we get closer to March, it’s a bit tiresome. I’m ready to warm up again for this.”
Across Texas, which Cold Snap has hit the most, utility companies were slowly restoring power.
According to PowerOutage.us, even though the relief came as relief for many, about 190,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity until early Friday.
And as the lights came back on, some residents of Texas were dealing with the plight of water pipes that burst into fridge temperatures.
“It was coming down like a waterfall and it was starting to come out of the bathroom and other rooms,” said Birjit Kamps of Houston.
“We grabbed the bucket and towel, tried to spruce it up before filling the house with water,” he said, adding that a neighbor helped turn off the water at the break, causing it to go without water.
Due to the water pressure problem, about seven million Texans were being advised to use water before drinking or cooking, Toby Baker, who heads the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said about 264,000 people Were affected by non-operational water systems.
Texas power companies implemented rolling blackouts to overload the grid as residents cranked up the heat. Due to the freezing of power stations and wind turbines, there was a surge in demand as production capacity decreased.
Texas officials opened about 300 emergency “warming centers” across the state.
The White House said President Joe Biden spoke to Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday evening that the federal government would “work hands-on” with state officials.
The havoc in Texas has sparked outrage in the Lone Star State, one of the 48 continental states in the US that has its own independent power grid.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was enraged after flying to a Mexican holiday resort during the crisis.
As political rivals called for his resignation, Cruz asked his children to leave the house before flying.
He later called the trip “clearly a mistake”.
After a state of emergency was declared by local authorities, Biden ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma and Louisiana.
Biden was forced to visit the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing site in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Friday. Federal government Offices were closed in Washington on Thursday.
More than 40 hurricane-related deaths have been reported by the US media last week in cold weather, many in traffic accidents.
Houston police said a woman and a girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning after sitting in a car in a garage with an engine to keep warm.
Emergency medical officials around Texas said dozens of others have been treated for suspicion carbon monoxide poisoning.
The organization said on its website that a dozen animals, including a 58-year-old female chimpanzee, died.
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