deadly winter storm that killed 17 US residents has also left
thousands without power, which is unlikely to be restored until after
the New Year. Many will be forced to endure freezing cold nights in
states that hardly ever see snow.
the southern state of Arkansas, 200,000 homes and businesses lost
power as the storm left behind 15 inches of snow, damaged power lines
and created icy roads. The utility company Entergy Arkansas said
electricity would not be restored until the start of the new year,
leaving many residents in the dark and in the cold. More than
135,000 homes and businesses have still not had their power restored.
the state, hotel rooms are full and people are sleeping in their cars
to keep warm. Some Americans are running out of money from staying in
hotels, while others are low on food supplies.
coping with hot toddies and peanuts,” Arkansas
Resident Lynda Johnson told the Associated Press, while Deena Brazell
told the news agency that she has been sleeping in her car at night.
in the apartment is electric. I stayed in the apartment the first
night. After that, it got cold really quick,” she
went out to charge the phone and fell asleep, then I just decided to
is rare in Arkansas, which usually has a humid subtropical climate
and sometimes experiences tornadoes in the winter. The state hasn’t
had a white Christmas since 1926 and many residents have had no
reason to prepare for winter weather. The state currently has more
snow than many more northern regions like New Jersey and the District
parts of the Northeast have also experienced storm-related fatalities
and dangerous conditions. In Maryland, more than 7,000 homes and
businesses lost power, while in New Jersey, there were 70 mph wind
gusts and flood warnings. Further north in Vermont, there were
approximately 800 power outages, while New Hampshire is expecting as
much as 18 inches of snow.
of those without power are sleeping in cars, at the homes of friends
or family, or in hotels, wishing they could be home on New Year’s
just want to be home,” Arkansas
resident Kathy Garner told AP. “You
just want to be in your own bed. There’s nothing like the comfort
of your own home.”
across the US, further winter storms are expected. In the coming
days, the Northeast will expect several more inches of snow on Friday
and Saturday, while freezing rain is expected to fall in Arkansas on