At least 28 people have died in the US as the country battles a brutal winter storm.
The blizzard left almost 380,000 homes and businesses without power, with more than 200 million people under some form of weather warning as temperatures drop to well below freezing.
More than 3,000 flights were canceled on Saturday and some airports were closed.
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Warning for winds of 90mph and 20cm of snow
Icy road conditions prompted many authorities to warn against non-essential travel, and hundreds of people who did venture out found themselves stuck in their vehicles.
The fatalities included three people in traffic accidents in Kentucky and three more in Oklahoma, two of which occurred while the wind was blowing snow.
In Montana, the National Weather Service warned that the eastern slope of Glacier National Park and the nearby foothills and plains could see up to 8 inches of snow and winds of up to 90 mph.
Montana saw a temperature of -45.6C (-50F) earlier in the storm, while yesterday’s lowest temperature belonged to the remote town of Havre – also in Montana – which was -39C (38F).
In Maine, more than 125,000 properties were without power, and utility chiefs warned it could be days before power was restored, while some other states asked customers to cut back on usage to avoid continuous power outages.
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One company told its 65 million customers in 13 states that power plants are struggling to operate under pressure from weather and extreme demand.
Another power company asked customers to lower their thermostats from 15.6C to 16.7C because a pipeline equipment failure temporarily reduced the gas coming from one of its suppliers by 30%.
Emergency shelters are being opened for those who are homeless or without electricity at home, and urgent work is being done to procure firewood for some Indian tribes living in isolated areas.
At least 24 people died in the storm
• Colorado: Two deaths due to “environmental exposure.”
• Kansas: three car accidents – in Republic County, a 60-year-old man died after his car was hit by another vehicle that lost control and stabbed him; A 33-year-old man was killed after he lost control of his truck and overturned in the median on Highway 70 in Geary County; and in Saline County, a 21-year-old man died after the SUV he was a passenger in fell into a ditch
• Kentucky: Two vehicle-related deaths and one homeless woman who died from exposure
• Four deaths in a 46-car pileup near Sandusky and four more deaths after a crash in Franklin Township when a trailer driver went through a barrier and hit oncoming cars
• Nebraska: one weather-related vehicle death
• Missouri: A man has died after losing control of his vehicle on an icy road, going down an embankment, over a cement wall and landing upside down in a creek
• New York: four deaths
• Oklahoma: Three road deaths
• Michigan: 82-year-old Lansing woman dies after being found curled up in the snow outside her pro-life community
• Tennessee: Dead man found in Memphis. Authorities have not released details, but say the death was weather-related
• Wisconsin: Police were at the scene of the crash and passing motorists were slowing down when a second crash occurred – a pickup truck left the road and hit a tractor-trailer. The truck driver was killed
In Portland, Oregon, severe weather shelters gave people tarps and tents after the centers themselves closed due to bad weather.
More than 1,100 people sought warmth at the city’s five emergency shelters, officials said.
‘One of the worst storms in history’
In Buffalo, New York, deep snow, freezing temperatures and power outages prompted people to seek out churches, police stations and anywhere else that might be warm.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said it took more than three hours for ambulances to make the one-way trip to the hospital, with roads still blocked by snow, abandoned cars and downed power lines.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the storm was “one of the worst on record,” and Timothy Carney of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said, “It’s basically a Category 3 hurricane with a pile of snow.” past 24 hours.”