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Winter storm wreaks havoc across the US

Winter storm wreaks havoc across the US”

A huge swath of the country is bracing for a historic winter storm on Monday, as an enormous weather system will bring heavy snowfall and freezing rain from the southern plains to New England.

"We could very well be in and out of this situation between now and Thursday", said Lanny Nickell, chief operating officer of the agency that manages the U.S. Southwest grid spanning 14 states.

Harris County officials said a facility storing the vaccines had lost power Monday and that a backup generator also failed. She said she hadn't seen a serious snowfall in Dallas since her childhood and was caught without enough groceries.

"I really didn't think it's would be this serious", Schneider said. "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...as we fix one area, another area is impacted, and more repairs have to happen". If not, Teresa said, "we just have a bunch of blankets and candles and two cats to keep us warm".

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While temperatures are forecast to rise, the weather across the central USA will remain extremely cold this week.

In Kansas, where wind chills dropped to as low as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 34 degrees Celsius) in some areas, Gov. Laura Kelly declared a state of disaster.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said parts of the Emerald City received a almost a foot of snow on Saturday as the city broke a record for snowiest day in decades with 8.9 inches of snow falling at Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport (where official snowfall records are kept) on Saturday Feb. 13, according to CNN affiliate KOMO. "It is slick and it is risky". The temperature at 5 a.m.in Houston was 18 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 8 Celsius), matching the reading in Anchorage. According to the National Weather Service, anywhere from six to 12 inches of snow could fall on most of the eastern U.S.in the coming hours.

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport said in a statement that its airfield would remain closed until 1 p.m. CST (1900 GMT) while the city's Hobby Airport will cease operations until at least Tuesday due to the inclement weather. Oil production in the Permian Basin has dropped by 1 million barrels a day, helping USA crude prices to trade above $60 a barrel for the first time in more than year. However, that was still less than half the traffic of a year ago, before the pandemic hit with full force.



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