At least 47 people have died and millions of residents remain without electricity or running water this Friday under two winter storms that have covered snow and ice from Texas to northern Ohio
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Texas, USA – Memphis Light Company, Gas and Water advised users to boil the Water they consume after the cold damaged the underground pipes and the treatment system of Water, creating a risk of bacterial contamination at drinking water.
The most serious situation today continued to be that of Texas, where the cuts in the supply of electricity have affected the fuel sales stations and the supply of Water potable.
Governor Gregg Abbott has asked President Joe Biden to declare a major emergency that would allow federal assistance to flow into the state, where half the population, some 13 million residents, has been told to boil the Water due to burst pipes.
The authorities have reiterated to the population to restrict the use of Water and they have dispatched firefighters and public parks personnel to help close the pipes in places where they have exploded due to the cold.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun shipping to Texas of generators electricity, some of which will be used in the processing plants of drinking water, and has dispatched some 729,000 liters of Water.
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At least 47 dead
Local authorities have reported deaths related to extraordinarily low temperatures, and The Washington Post reported that at least 30 of those deaths occurred in Texas.
At least five people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of combustion heaters in environments without the necessary ventilation and another 17 people, according to the Post, have died from exposure to the cold.
According to the Univisión network, in the city of Conroe (Texas), Cristian Piñeda, 11, died from the cold when, together with his family from Honduras, he slept for the second night in a mobile home without electricity.
The states most affected by blackouts were today Texas, where about 192,400 residents have been without power since Monday, and Mississippi, where more than 109,999 residents face the same hardship.
Commercial airlines today canceled 2,706 flights and reported delays in another 2,142 flights.
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The National Weather Service (NWS) reports conditions for ice accumulation in the southeastern half of Texas, in Louisiana and Alabama, and extended its winter storm northeast of Pennsylvania, Midwest New York, Delaware, and Massachusetts.
Meteorologists indicated that in Louisiana the day will bring an increase in temperatures to about 4 degrees Celsius, but for the night they forecast temperatures of around 7 below zero.
In Louisiana, in Calcasieu County, a 77-year-old man slipped, fell into a pond and drowned, and in Lafayette a 50-year-old man died after slipping and hitting his head on the ground.
In Memphis, Tennessee, where all flights from the international airport have been canceled, meteorologists are forecasting a high of minus 3 degrees for today.
In Shelby County, also in Tennessee, a 10-year-old boy died after he and his 6-year-old sister fell into a lake when the ice cover broke. The girl is serious.