The US government and the National Weather Service (NWS) have issued severe warnings of life-threatening conditions. In such extreme temperatures you could freeze in minutes, it sounded. People were advised to stay indoors and off the trails, especially in the Great Lakes region, where winter weather can hit hard. A total of 200 million Americans have received winter warnings in recent days.
It became clear last Christmas weekend that Elliott had taken lives. The number of victims in nine different states has now risen to 47 deaths. These states include New York, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Colorado, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Emergency services expect the death toll to rise.
“In some states, a state of emergency has been declared and the National Guard deployed,” says Michael Voss from New York. “New York State, among others, is asking the federal government to take action. Emergency services, local, regional, state and federal, must support each other. You will get situations where emergency services have to relieve other emergency services. .”
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