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Midwest cold causes disruptions, deaths

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/31/19, 11:38 am

The polar vortex that continues to cover much of the Midwest Thursday in a deep freeze is blamed for at least eight deaths so far. The deaths included an elderly Illinois man found several hours after falling while entering his home, a University of Iowa student found behind an academic hall before dawn, and a Milwaukee man who froze to death in a garage, according to authorities. Automobile or snowplow accidents killed at least three others.

Affected cities are still dealing with power outages and canceled airline and train travel. A light rail track cracked from the deep freeze in Minneapolis, and more than two dozen water mains froze in Detroit. Amtrak canceled dozens of trains in and out of Chicago, and even snowplow drivers sat out the worst of the weather in southeastern Minnesota. Rockford, Ill., set a record for its lowest temperature ever when it hit minus 30 degrees Thursday morning. Chicago dropped to minus 23, with windchills around minus 50. The vortex is expected to let up Thursday, but some places could still see record low temperatures.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 01:08 pm

    Where is this mythical "man made global warming" when it is really needed?

  • BostonSteve
    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 06:19 pm

    They've "moved the goalpoasts" by renaming it the non-descript "Climate Change."  So now, whatever happens, it can be blamed on "Climate Change."

  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 09:19 pm

    Don't push that argument too far--if I understand it right, it's a bit of warm air that moved north that pushed all the cold polar air down to lower lattitudes--nothing's colder on a global scale. But record-breaking heat in one area doesn't mean any more than record-breaking cold does either, although a lot of people act like it does.