US bomb cyclone: ​​Thirteen people die in temperatures dropping to -45C | American news

Thirteen people have died in the US as the country grapples with a winter storm that has sent temperatures dropping to -45C (-49F).

More than 200 million people — about 60% of the U.S. population — are on some form of weather warning or advisory, and the brutal cold is expected to continue through Christmas weekend.

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A person wrapped in a blanket crosses a snowy street in St. Louis during the bomb cyclone. Photo: AP

The 13 weather-related deaths so far:

• Two dead in Kentucky car crashes
• A homeless person died in the city of Louisville
• Three crashes in Oklahoma killed three people – two of the crashes occurred while the wind was blowing through the blowing snow, while details of the third crash were not yet available
• The driver of a car in Missouri died after losing control on an icy road, going down an embankment, driving over a concrete wall and landing upside down in a creek
• One person died in Wisconsin after a pickup truck ran into the back of another vehicle before going off the road and hitting a tractor-trailer parked in the hard shoulder
• A man was found dead in Memphis Friday morning and while there are no details, authorities have said the death appears to be weather related
• Four deaths in car accidents in Ohio – these were confirmed by the state governor, but no further information was provided

The Kansas Highway Patrol also said three people were killed in separate collisions on Wednesday when the storm broke out, in which drivers lost control of their vehicles on icy roads.

Temperatures in the inland states have plummeted: -45.6C (-50F) in Montana, and Des Moines in Iowa feels like -38C (-37F), making it possible to get frostbite in less than five minutes , according to the National Weather Service.

Severe snow and blizzard conditions continue around parts of the Great Lakes region — which includes Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario — with as much as four feet of snow expected on the east side of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

Wind gusts toppled trees and downed power lines, leaving at least 1.4 million homes and businesses without electricity on Friday morning.

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According to the website, Maine, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina were the hardest hit, followed by Tennessee, New York, Maryland and Connecticut.

More than 5,000 flights into, in and out of the US were canceled Friday and there is a rush to open enough emergency shelters for those who are homeless or without power at home.

Urgent efforts are also being made to get firewood for some remote Indian tribes, such as members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

Stamp resident Frank Star Comes Out described the effort as “a great fight so far”.

US President Joe Biden said, “This isn’t like a snowy day when you were a kid — this is serious stuff.”

Vehicles involved in multiple collisions are seen along the HWY 401 and HWY 402 corridor near London, Ontario, Canada, December 23, 2022. Photo: OPP West Region.
Near London, Ontario, Canada. Photo: OPP Region West.

Canada is also experiencing a severe storm, which delayed or canceled hundreds of flights and left hundreds of thousands of properties without power.

Ontario Provincial Police sergeant Kerry Schmidt said police had received reports of up to 100 vehicles involved in multiple collisions that closed a major highway near London, Ontario.

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