Deadly cold leaves millions without power in Texas – Yahoo News

Millions of people in Texas were left without power Tuesday, after a rare deep freeze forced the state’s electric grid operator to impose rotating blackouts because of higher power demand.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner – in an afternoon briefing – said 1.3 million people in his city alone were without power. He appealed to state and local providers to act quickly:

“We need to get this power restored ASAP. At the very minimum give us some information so we can tell people when they can expect their power will be restored.”

At least four deaths were tied to the bitter cold engulfing vast areas of the country over the holiday weekend.

Two of those deaths were due to carbon monoxide poisoning, as several people were treated in hospitals for trying to heat icy homes with outdoor grills or propane heaters.

And officials say at least three people died when a tornado – fueled by a low pressure system – swept through North Carolina’s Brunswick County overnight.

In Oklahoma City, volunteers tried to make sure homeless residents could endure the cold snap.

In a Chicago neighborhood, snow almost completely took over an outdoor patio set.

In Texas,some residents found ways to enjoy the chill, riding snowboards – or laundry baskets – down frozen hills.

An approaching storm is expected to bring more snow, ice and sleet from the Texas panhandle through Kentucky and up through Washington D.C. to New York City, New Jersey and Boston.

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Millions of people in Texas were left without power Tuesday, after a rare deep freeze forced the state’s electric grid operator to impose rotating blackouts because of higher power demands. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, in an afternoon briefing, said 1.3 million people in his city alone were without power. He appealed to state and local providers to act quickly.

SYLVESTER TURNER: We need to get this power restored ASAP. And at the very minimum, got to give us some information, so that we can tell people when they can expect the power to be restored.

At least four deaths were tied to the bitter cold engulfing vast areas of the country over the holiday weekend. Two of those deaths were due to carbon monoxide poisoning, as several people were treated in hospitals for trying to heat icy homes with outdoor grills or propane heaters. And officials say at least three people died when a tornado fueled by a low pressure system swept through North Carolina’s Brunswick County overnight.

In Oklahoma City, volunteers tried to make sure homeless residents could endure the cold snap.

Basically getting everyone a hot meal, sleeping bags, gloves. Whatever we can do to help them out to survive the storm.

In a Chicago neighborhood, snow almost completely took over an outdoor patio set. In Texas, some residents found ways to enjoy the chill, riding snowboards or laundry baskets down frozen hills.

When you live in Houston, you don’t really have regular sleds. The power went out in the heights, so if I’m gonna freeze my butt off, might as well be out in the snow.

An approaching storm is expected to bring more snow, ice, and sleet from the Texas panhandle through Kentucky and up through Washington D.C., to New York City, New Jersey, and Boston.

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