At least 17 deaths blamed on winter storm Uri, millions more without power and potable water

by Laura Mize · Feb 16th, 2021 3:18 pm

Last Updated Feb 17th, 2021 at 8:57 pm

As winter storm Uri continues to terrorize much of the United States, millions of people remain without electricity and at least 17 people have died in connection with the storm.

The deaths stemmed from a variety of causes, including a house fire, exposure to cold temperatures, vehicle collisions, a head injury caused by slipping on ice, and carbon monoxide poisoning that resulted when residents tried to heat their home by leaving a car running in the garage.

Texas experienced single-digit temperatures overnight, and the state had at least 4.4 million customers without electricity by late Tuesday morning. Some water treatment plants were not operational, forcing authorities to issue notices to at least 300,000 residents to boil their water before consumption. Many of those same people are struggling simply to heat their homes.

Other states saw power outages from the storm, including Kansas, New Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Nebraska.


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