Millions across the Midwest endure record cold as temperatures plunge to nearly 50F below zero. The unprecedented froze airline gas lines and led to the collapse of electrical grids. Power outages in parts of Wisconsin and Iowa plunged thousands into darkness (and no heat). The dry, frigid air froze exposed water instantly and in some cases led to spontaneous nosebleeds. Even brief forays outdoors became extremely hazardous.
Cold-related deaths were reported across five states; Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowas, including some who froze to death.
Governors in Wisconsin and Michigan declared states of emergency and ordered all state government offices closed; some state agencies in Illinois were closed, as well.
Moline, Illinois, hit a new record low Thursday — the coldest in city history. The thermometer dropped to minus 33F, shattering the old record of minus 28F set in 1996. Rockford, Illinois, hit minus 30F, breaking broke the old record of minus 27F set on Jan. 20, 1982.
In Madison, Wisconsin, the temperatures plunged to minus 24F, with an estimated wind chill of minus 48F.
In Norris Camp, Minnesota, the temperature dropped to minus 48F Wednesday, with the wind chill pegged at minus 65F, making it the coldest reporting location in the United States.
Even Hell, Michigan, froze over, with the temperature expected to drop to minus 26F Wednesday night into Thursday.
In Chicago, some train services were suspended after the extreme cold caused wiring problems.
In Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic, temperatures dropped to minus 27F and all municipal transit services were suspended after buses began experiencing mechanical difficulties.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged Michiganders in the Lower Peninsula to turn their thermostats down to 65F or lower, citing “extremely high demand for natural gas and a facility incident.”
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January 31, 2019 at 04:31PM