Millions of Texans are facing water shortages after the deadly winter storm ravaging the state caused pipes to burst and treatment plants to back up, disrupting services and contaminating supplies. The disruption to water supplies comes after winter storms caused widespread blackouts as they wreaked havoc on the state’s power grid and utilities, leaving millions without power for days.
Ferocious winter weather sweeping across large parts of the central and southern US has brought record-breaking cold temperatures, left millions without power and killed at least 21 people across multiple states. The worst power outages were in Texas, where more than 4m homes and businesses remained without power on Tuesday in subfreezing temperatures. Elsewhere more than 250,000 people also lost power across parts of Appalachia, and 4 million people lost power in Mexico.
Five people have died after rare ice storms, frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall swept across the southern US. Two people were killed in Texas and two more in Kentucky – both in crashes on treacherous roads, which local officials believe were likely caused by the weather. Subfreezing temperatures have caused massive power outages in Texas and all across the Deep South.
The winter storm system that blanketed California’s mountaintops and brought heavy rains that caused mudslides throughout the state moved through the Midwest over the weekend, dumping snow in areas and triggering advisories for nearly 100 million in the central U.S. On Sunday forecasters said the storm is moving east, where it will “pass the baton off to a new coastal storm forming near the Mid-Atlantic coast,” bringing heavy snow to large parts of the East Coast.
A powerful snowstorm is sweeping through the north-eastern US, with warnings in place for 14 states affecting more than 60 million people. Some parts of Pennsylvania and New York are predicted to see as much as two feet of snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) has warned of “dangerous, if not impossible travel conditions and isolated power surges” in the worst-affected areas.
Iota has rapidly strengthened into a “dangerous” category 4 hurricane as it heads towards Central America. Forecasters say it could reach category 5 status later today before making landfall in northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Monday night with a 12-18ft storm surge. It comes just days after the countries were ransacked by category 4 Hurricane Eta which killed at least 200 people.
The rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala Thursday as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 57, and aid organizations warned the flooding and mudslides were creating a slow-moving humanitarian disaster across the region. Forecasters said the now-tropical depression was expected to regather and head toward Cuba and possibly the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.
Hundreds of thousands of people are without power along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Sally roared ashore on Wednesday morning. Over 500,000 homes and businesses had lost electricity by 8 a.m. EDT Wednesday, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks power outages. Florida’s Panhandle region was the most impacted by the storm in that state. After making landfall, Sally is still pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast.
The US state of Oregon is battling record-breaking wildfires, which have destroyed at least five towns. Three deaths in Oregon have been blamed on the wildfires, with another in neighboring Washington state, where blazes are also burning. In California, three people died in a wildfire that has forced thousands from their homes, authorities say. Fires are raging in nine other western states, according to the National Fire Information Center.
One of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S., Laura barreled across Louisiana on Thursday, shearing off roofs and killing at least six people while carving a destructive path hundreds of miles inland. But despite a trail of demolished buildings, entire neighborhoods left in ruins and almost 900,000 homes and businesses without power, a sense of relief prevailed that Laura was not the annihilating menace forecasters had feared.