Officials: 2 dead in Texas as subfreezing cold sweeps US

Two men were found dead along Texas roadways, likely because of subfreezing temperatures. The record-breaking winter storm knocked out power, shut down grocery stores and air travel, and closed schools across a large swath of the U.S.

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February 16, 2021 - 9:17 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A sprawling blast of winter weather across the U.S. is likely to blame for the deaths of two people in Texas, where an unusually snowy emergency Monday knocked out power for more than four million people, shut down grocery stores and air travel and closed schools ahead of frigid days still to come.

As nightfall threatened to plummet temperatures again into single digits, officials warned that homes still without power would likely not have heat until at least Tuesday, as frustration mounted and the state’s electric grid came under growing demand and criticism. 

“Things will likely get worse before they get better,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the top elected official in the county of nearly 5 million people around Houston. 

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