USA polar vortex blamed for at least 21 deaths

Olive Hawkins
February 1, 2019

Earlier on Thursday, several cities set record lows.

According to officials, the victims included a University of Iowa student, a woman found frozen to death inside a Milwaukee apartment after the thermostat malfunctioned and a man wgi died while using a snowblower in Buffalo. As the data series progresses, you can see how the coldest purple areas of the air mass scoop down into the U.S. The Chicago River looks more like the Chicago ice rink, putting the fire department's ice breaker into overdrive.

"The cold air isn't pushing off anywhere, it's just sort of evaporating", said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

"Additionally, the central Plains will see temperatures in the lows 60s, which is almost 20 to 25 degrees above normal".

Temperatures in the Upper Midwest will rebound to well above zero F (minus 18 C) on Friday, with highs making it into the teens and low 20s F. By Saturday, highs will be in the 30s and even low 40s F, while the central Plains will be in the low 60s F, almost 20 to 25 degrees above normal, the weather service said.

Officials warned the temperatures were so low they could cause frostbite in a matter of minutes, with hospitals dealing with dozens of cases.

The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze was expected to ease Thursday, though temperatures still tumbled to record lows in some places.

Most federal government offices in Washington D.C. opened three hours late on Wednesday due to the frigid weather already impacting the area. An 82-year-old man was found outside in Peoria, Illinois, on Tuesday after he fell trying to get inside his house, the Journal Start reported.

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The extreme weather prompted President Donald Trump to issue a warning about the coming chilling temperatures.

The NWS said: "By Friday, temperatures in the Upper Midwest will finally rebound to well above zero - with high temperatures making it into the teens and low 20s".

So far, nine people have died in storm related incidents.

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In Detroit, General Motors Co suspended operations at 11 MI plants after a utility made an emergency appeal to conserve natural gas.

More than 2,000 flights were canceled early on Wednesday, largely out of Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway global airports, the flight tracking site FlightAware.

The brunt of the vortex will slam arrive n the middle of the week, according to US National Weather Service. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV also canceled a shift on Thursday at two of its plants.

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