A massive, once-in-a-generation winter ice storm has hit the United States coast to coast, affecting an estimated 200 million Americans.
The storm has brought extreme cold and ice to the region, causing widespread power outages, transportation disruptions, and other significant impacts.
One of the most unusual aspects of this storm has been the extremely low temperatures it has brought to the region. Many parts of the country have seen temperatures fall into the negative double digits, breaking records for the lowest temperatures ever recorded.
Around 60% of the U.S. population has been affected by the storm, and weather forecasters have described it as “one of the greatest extents of winter weather warnings and advisories ever.”
Buffalo, New York, was hit the worst by the storm, as 43 inches of snow have covered its streets as of Sunday morning.
Currently, 34 casualties have been reported, but they are expected to increase as the storm continues its rampage.
Sarah K., a single mother of two young children, has been forced to rely on her neighbor’s generator to keep her family warm and safe. She has struggled to find necessities like food and water, as many stores have been closed or have run out of supplies due to the storm.
Tom W., a college student, has been stranded on campus for several days as the ice and snow have made it impossible for him to travel home. He has been forced to sleep in a makeshift dormitory set up by the school and has had to rely on donated blankets and other supplies to stay warm.
Officials are urging people to stay safe, check on their neighbors, and follow emergency guidelines.