4 Dead in Brutal Arctic Chill as Temperatures Hit Minus-30 Degrees
By Perry Chiaramonte,
1 day ago
Parts of the country could see temperatures up to 40 degrees below normal for January
At least four people have died as a result of the brutal arctic blast and winter storms that have plunged huge swaths of the U.S. into a deep freeze — with temperatures dropping as low as minus-30 degrees.
In Oregon, at least 25 were also sent to the emergency room for cold-related problems on Saturday, making it the highest daily count since 2016 according to KGW 8.
Among the deaths were two cases of suspected hyperthermia on Saturday and Sunday, while another two deaths were related to Saturday’s storm.
One incident saw a tree fall on a parked RV in Southeast Portland, which started a fire after it took down power lines along with it.
Another death occurred when a tree fell onto a house in Lake Oswego and came crashing through the second floor, killing one unidentified man in the process, according to KGW.
In Oregon, more than 97,000 homes and businesses were without electricity, most of them in the Portland metro area, a day after high winds and a mix of snow and ice brought down trees and power lines.
Some 100 trees toppled over the weekend in a community just south of Portland, including one that fell on a house and killed a man. Two other people died of suspected hypothermia and a fourth died in a fire that spread from an open-flame stove after a tree fell onto an RV.
“Given the extent of the damage and the high level of outage events, restoration efforts will continue into the week and customers are encouraged to plan accordingly,” Portland General Electric said in a statement. The utility said it was watching a second weather pattern that could bring high winds and freezing rain on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service said wind chills are expected to push temperatures 30 degrees below zero from the Northern Rockies to northern Kansas and into Iowa, testing the hardiness of caucus-goers willing to brave the deep chill on Monday.
The Arctic storms also brought snow to the South and walloped the Northeast with blizzard conditions forcing the postponement of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills NFL playoff game hosted in bone-chilling Buffalo, New York.
Other parts of the country could see temperatures drop 25 to 40 degrees below normal, from the Rockies to the Ohio Valley.
As temperatures in Texas plunged, the state’s power grid operator appealed to residents to voluntarily conserve electricity Monday morning due to the cold weather causing “record breaking demand” for energy. A deadly freeze in 2021 left millions of Texans without power but state officials this week expressed confidence about the grid’s reliability as the cold front approached.
Freezing rain is expected to pelt parts of the Southern Plains and Southern Appalachians.
Even places like Florida won’t be spared from turbulent weather, with forecasts predicting showers and thunderstorms from Monday into Tuesday.