Entire cities in the southern and western United States are in the cold and darkness after the frost that hit the country.
While the authorities say that the damages to the electricity network could be solved in another week, the locals are preparing for the worst. The state of Texas remains by far the worst affected. At least 58 people have died in the last cold days or in situations caused by extremely low temperatures.
In some areas of Boyd County, Kentucky, the landscape looks like after the war: fallen trees over power lines, collapsed poles across the road – many people almost completely isolated from the rest of the world.
Authorities say the power outages and extremely cold weather are to blame for the deaths of two elderly women, who were found breathless in their homes. Autopsies established that the two died of the cold.
No deaths were reported in the city of Lexington due to the cold, but emergency teams were called to other emergencies caused by power outages and storms, such as carbon monoxide poisoning. As electricity could return in just a week, there could be deaths here as well.
In some parts of Oregon, entire cities are in the dark, to the despair of locals.
According to the electricity supply company, it could take up to 9 days for the damaged network of blizzards and fallen trees to be put into operation. Meteorologists say the frost and ice disaster is the largest in 40 years.
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