Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

At least 22 die in brutal cold across US

At least 22 die in brutal cold across US

Cities like Minneapolis and Boston are set to reach below zero degrees Saturday and with low wind chills, some areas could feel as low as minus 40 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service said the highs Saturday afternoon were to be around 20 to 30 degrees below average in many locations, and daily temperature records were expected to be broken. The pressure drop on the order of a Category 3 hurricane is capable of bringing winds in excess of 70 miles per hour, battering waves and a unsafe storm surge with major flooding, which happened in southeastern New England Thursday afternoon, January 4.

"In this case, with a nor'easter, the cold air from Canada combined with the warmer ocean waters of the gulf stream is what will trigger this explosive strengthening pattern".

In one of the latest fatalities attributed to the weather, a vehicle slid off an icy road, killing a pedestrian early on Friday in North Charleston, South Carolina, city officials said.

In Burlington, Vermont, people battled temperatures of minus 18C and a wind chill of minus 34C.

In Hartford, Connecticut, a brutal cold of minus 12C (10F) yielded a wind chill of minus 28C (minus 20F).

Outside Boston, Massachusetts, a state Water Resources Authority worker collapsed into a snowbank while shoveling snow and died on Friday.

The second Virginia death was a young girl who was also killed while sledding down a driveway. The man, 60, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Ryan said. A 75-year old man died after sustaining life-threatening injuries from a snowplow he was using. "The sustained cold is requiring round-the-clock usage of some of these oil-fired generators, and some are already running short on fuel", an ISO New England spokesperson told the Times. And the tide in the city - 15.16 feet - broke the record set during the blizzard of 1978, the National Weather Service said.

Video from a resident of Hull, just to the southeast of Boston, showed the icy mess inundating one street with water above the wheel wells of cars and coming up to the doors of homes. The storm that delivered the wintry deluge has battered coastal communities in MA. Firefighters and even the National Guard scrambled to rescue dozens of residents stranded by freezing water pushing from the Atlantic into coastal MA.

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