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Snow and ice storms: Millions without power as winter weather blasts the US

February 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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About half of the US population is under winter weather advisories today as freezing temperatures grip the country coast to coast. Follow here for the latest forecast and live updates.

From CNN's Dave Hennen|

Winter weather is impacting much of the country, but Texas has been particularly hard hit.

From CNN's Amanda Watts

“What we're facing is three winter storms in seven days,” Jim Gray, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said during a Monday morning news conference.

Gov. Andy Beshear pleaded with residents to stay off the roads and to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, “those are casualties we don't want to see.

In fact, we just had to stand up our first unit in Ashland, which is going to be going door to door to check on those that are more remote and have lost power and will be transporting people to warming stations, if necessary. ”

Highway crews have been out “working under these difficult conditions,” Gray said, adding, “We have good equipment.

“We asked you to do your part,” Gray said.

From CNN's Gregory Lemos 

The Houston Office of Emergency Management said Monday it expects power outages throughout the city to continue through Tuesday.

More than 2. 3 million people live in Houston, the state's most populous city, according to census. gov.

The state of Texas is currently experiencing a mixture of power outages and rolling blackouts.

Nearly 170 million people are under winter weather advisories Monday, with icy roads, power outages, and dangerously low temperatures threatening to snarl traffic and paralyze cities from coast to coast.

The severe winter weather has sparked emergency declarations in at least seven states, including Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas  — which has borne the brunt of the cold weather.

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