The unprecedented storm has wreaked havoc on states across the country. On Tuesday, three people were killed after a tornado hit a seaside town in North Carolina. Police in Kentucky said that over the weekend, two people died after their vehicle slid off an icy road and fell into a waterway. A similar fatality was recorded in Mississippi. In western Tennessee, a 10-year-old boy died after falling into an ice-covered pond as the winter storm raged. The freezing temperatures led to power outages in several states, including Minnesota, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
But the worst-hit has been Texas, where more than two million homes and businesses are without electricity as the cold temperatures, coupled with high demand, have strained the state’s utilities. In the Houston area, three young children and their grandmother died in a fire which is believed to have been started by a fireplace they were using to keep warm while they were without power. In another tragic incident in Texas, a woman and a young girl died from carbon monoxide poisoning after leaving a car running in an attached garage in an attempt to heat their home. Several other people in the Houston area reportedly froze to death.