Frigid winter storm leaves over 1 million without power, at least a dozen people have died
Over 200 million American, or roughly 60% of the U.S. population, is now under some form of a weather or warning or advisory.
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The frigid winter storm that spawned blizzard conditions in the Great Lakes region before moving into the east with sub-freezing temperature as left over 1 million Americans without heat and electricity as of Saturday morning and has resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen people.
Over 200 million Americans, or roughly 60% of the U.S. population, is now under some form of a weather or warning or advisory, according to NBC News.
The news outlet also reports at least 17 people have died in weather-related fatalities – in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin.
Four of the deaths have occurred in Kansas and Nebraska, all auto-related, officials told NBC News.
The storm has also created havoc for holiday travelers.
The flight tracking website FlightAware.com reported that on Saturday alone 2,352 flights within or coming or going from the U.S. have been delay and 1,717 have been cancelled.
The storm had dropped as much as 2 feet of snow on the parts of the county's Great Lakes region. The temperature in Buffalo on Saturday morning was 11 degrees Fahrenheit, amid continuing snowfall. Meteorologists report 79 mph wind gust in the western New York state city, on the eastern edge of Lake Erie.
The storm has also dipped into the South with the temperature in Jacksonville, Fla., at 27 degrees.