Extreme cold in the US leaves 85,000 homes without electricity and at least 4 dead in Portland

Dangerously cold winds continue to affect part of the Rockies, the Great Plains and the north-central United States, with a wind chill of -34.4 degrees Celsius in many areas of the central United States.

More than 85,000 homes and businesses were without power early Tuesday, most in Oregon, after widespread blackouts that began Saturday.

Portland General Electric warned that the freezing rain threat Tuesday could delay efforts to restore service.

Transportation officials urged the population to avoid travel, as dangerous conditions were expected on the roads due to ice, which could also cause trees and power lines to fall.

US states without classes due to extreme cold

Classes were canceled Tuesday in Portland and other large cities such as Chicago – home to the fourth largest public school district in the country –, Denver, Dallas and Fort Worth.

The storms and low temperatures affected everything from flights to NFL playoff games to the Republican primary caucuses in Iowa, and caused several deaths across the country.

In the Portland area At least four people died, two of them due to possible hypothermia. Another man died when a tree fell on his house and a woman died in a fire that started in a kitchen after a tree fell on a mobile home.

In Wisconsin, the deaths of three homeless people in the Milwaukee area were being investigated, probably due to hypothermia, according to authorities.

It was expected that the freezing rain and hail They will continue in areas of the southeast until this Tuesday morning.

Winter storm warnings were in place for Lawrence, Limestone and Madison counties in Alabama and Franklin County in Tennessee, as well as southeastern Arkansas, northeastern Louisiana and much of northern, central and southwestern Mississippi.

Temperatures dropped Monday night to -12.2 degrees Celsius in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Jackson, Tennessee.

Frigid temperatures in the Northeast didn’t stop fans from coming out to cheer on the Buffalo Bills at a snow-covered Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

The Bills They defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday in an AFC postseason wild card game, postponed 27 and a half hours due to a storm that left more than 51 centimeters of snow in the region.

And voters gave former President Donald Trump a victory on Monday on the first night of the primary, in an Iowa caucus that broke its record cold.

Temperatures dropped to -19.4 degrees Celsius in Des Moineswith a much lower thermal sensation.

Flight travelers experienced delays and cancellations. The air traffic tracking service FlightAware recorded 2,900 cancellations on Monday to or from the United States.

It was expected that temperatures moderated in the middle of the week, although a new cold wave would affect the south, from the northern part of the Great Plains and the central north, until reaching the southeast of the country at the end of the week.