Winter weather emergency

An arctic blast, blackouts and even tornadoes are plaguing many states. ABC’s Kenneth Moton reports.
2:18 | 02/16/21

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This morning the Arctic blast reaching the Gulf of Mexico getting downright dangerous it's like a walk in freezer it's like thirty Ford. 36 degrees I would say people in Texas are waking up to some of the coldest temperatures on record. Millions of them are without heat. And the other was earlier in forty degree that the lowest end to you 55 at the highest. Power officials have imposed rolling blackouts across Texas as demand for energy surges. Overnight more than four million customers were without power. It's cold. Kids around trying to stay warm fireplace you know there's no fire would anywhere no stores open. And Houston opium we have six was hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning after a fire officials say they use their charcoal grill to heat their apartment. One adult and one child were left in critical condition. The strain on the power grid is threatening the entire region at least fourteen states are on the same grid from Texas to North Dakota. Power officials are warning a possible blackouts in those states. The biggest oil refineries in the country also shut down to conserve power experts say rising gas prices are likely to follow. Health officials in Harris County Texas including Houston are racing to distribute more than 8000 cove in nineteen vaccines and for freezer lost power. Hell we get shot into people you are going to eat them they are not exactly in the right order. And that's important thing is that Epstein was based at. Two storms are moving across the country along with the historical front. The conditions became rose treacherous in Schaumburg Texas a man standing by this SUV barely escaped after a second car came flying down an embankment. The extreme weather also crippling air travel San Antonio's airport has canceled all flights today. In Louisiana. Air boats are being used to navigate the snow. If balls of fire were caught on camera traveling along the Carolina. Overnight and nearly empty Bergen street. As temperatures dip into the teens in New Orleans for what to be the coldest Mardi Gras on record. This morning more than 70% of the continental US is covered in snow. And the some people are making the best of it. But this cool cat and Arkansas has had enough. Quickly regretting their decision to go outside.

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