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Winter storms hold deadly grip in states struggling to recover as icy threat heads toward East Coast

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.

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.

(CNN)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 blistering 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.

Without electricity to survive the cold, many have been turning to other means like gas stoves and generators to stay warm, running the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Winter storms in Kentucky have caused "physical damage to the infrastructure that transmits and delivers electricity to households" and some residents still might not have power by the end of the week, state officials said.

"We believe that we're going to make substantial headway through the end of this week in getting people their power back, but in some areas of Eastern Kentucky it may take longer than through the end of the week," said Gov. Andy Beshear, who acknowledged it was tough news for residents.

With more snow and ice expected Thursday, Entergy, a power company for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, said about 40,000 of its customers in Louisiana were still without power Wednesday as a result of the winter storms, according to a statement from the company.

Fortunately, Texas' power provider, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), said Wednesday it was making progress in restoring power to the state's electric system and hoped local utilities may return to rotating outages instead of extended outages Thursday morning.

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