Wednesday 17th February 2021
Dead and injured after cold snap in the southern United States
Icicles hang on fans from the ceiling, millions of households hold out in their apartments at sub-zero temperatures without electricity and heating. According to media reports, more than 20 people have already died as a result of the onset of winter in the USA and neighboring Mexico. The southern state of Texas is hardest hit by the cold snap.
- Several people died in weather-related traffic accidents in Texas, Kentucky and Missouri.
- The extreme winter weather triggered at least four tornadoes, according to the Weather.com website, including one in North Carolina that killed at least three people and injured ten others.
- According to the authorities, six people died in northern Mexico, five of them from hypothermia and one suffocated from a defective heating system, the local authorities said.
The cold had frozen gas pipes, which resulted in power outages. In the United States, more than 3.5 million homes and businesses were without electricity on Tuesday evening. In order to avoid overloading the grids, the electricity suppliers in Texas have switched off individual plants since the weekend.