Worsening weather conditions in Texas have delayed the delivery of new shipments of COVID-19 vaccine
A powerful winter storm swept across the United States, bringing heavy snowfall, ice, and frost so severe that temperature records were set in some places.
From Texas to Maine, more than 140 million Americans were in the path of the historic storm, which caused numerous power outages.
In total, more than 4 million U.S. residents were left without power, including 2 million people in Texas.
Law enforcement officials reported two men found dead in the Houston area. Causes of death are being determined, but authorities believe they died of hypothermia.
Deteriorating weather conditions in Texas have delayed the delivery of new batches of the COVID-19 vaccine. The drugs are now not expected to arrive until mid-week.
Power outages in the Houston area affected a room holding 8,000 doses of Moderna vaccine, which requires special storage conditions. In this situation, health authorities tried to find people who wanted to get vaccinated urgently, while authorities urged people to stay at home.
Ice on the roads and record snowfall in some states led to mass accidents, endangering the lives of even more people. A total of 12 people have died in recent days as a result of winter storms in the United States.
The National Weather Service predicts the winter storm will move northeast Tuesday, bringing snowfall, ice, and freezing temperatures.
Between 15 and 30 inches of snow is expected from the middle Mississippi to the Ohio valleys and from the lower Great Lakes to northern New England.
The weather service also warned of more power outages and significant traffic disruptions in the southern Great Plains and of “piercingly freezing air” that could lead to “dangerous or life-threatening cooling due to winds.”
By Monday afternoon, there were reports of freezing rain in Nashville, rain with snow in Alabama, a possible snow tornado in Texas, and emergency mobilization in the east.
In Memphis, the snowfall continued for 15 straight hours, bringing more than 15 inches of snow.
Southeastern states are watching for possible tornadoes. Tornadoes, high winds, and golf ball-sized hail are expected in parts of northwest Florida and south Alabama.
On Monday morning, snow fell in eastern Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. The perceived temperatures reached -26 degrees in Dallas and -32 in Kansas City.
The National Weather Prediction Center reported numerous temperature records set Monday. In Oklahoma City, for example, the temperature dropped to -21 degrees, and in Dallas to -15 degrees.
The weather affected airports throughout Texas. During the three-day weekend, more than 760 flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.