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Live updates: Catastrophic winter storm moves east

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A vehicle navigates around a downed tree along Green Valley Road, as the area continues to deal with the fall out from winter weather on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Huntington.

A deadly winter storm that severely strained power facilities in Texas and left millions in the cold and dark for days is moving to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Follow here for the latest forecasts and live updates.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday morning that several Covid-19 vaccine mega sites have already closed, will close or may close due to the wintry weather.

As the winter storm that caused power outages in Texas and dumped snow and ice across much of the Southeast US moves northward, more than 100 million people stretching from Texas to Massachusetts are under a winter storm warning or winter weather advisory.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a proclamation Wednesday declaring a state of emergency in Lawrence County, "due to dangerous and damaging conditions caused by this week's severe winter ice storms. "   

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the county’s director of emergency management, says the fault of the power and water crisis in Texas “lies squarely on Rick Perry and the current Gov. Greg Abbott. ” 

Some background: In a blog posted on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s website, former Texas Gov. and Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that his home state’s current situation can be traced to “insufficient baseload power,” and claims that he and his fellow Texans will go without power for a longer period if it keeps the federal government from over-regulating their power grid.

“Extreme weather in Texas and around the world now is a completely predictable event,” Jenkins said.

About 23,000 people in Dallas County have been without power for three days, Jenkins said, and crews are working to restore it.

Dozens of people across the United States have died from a spate of winter storms — and now the weather is threatening to pummel the mid-Atlantic and Northeast with snow and ice.

The cold weather that has brought blankets of snow and widespread power outages in Texas as well as Oklahoma is expected to move east Thursday, bringing with it a half an inch of ice to parts of North Carolina and Virginia, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

Adler said the state needs to better regulate its power system.

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