Temperatures in many parts of the Northeastern United States hovered around 4 degrees Celsius (45 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, a day after thermometers in the region dipped as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius (15 degrees Fahrenheit) and hit wind chills of 42 to 45 degrees Celsius below zero (45 to 50 F below zero).
At the top of 6,288-foot (1,916-meter) Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the temperature rose to 18 Fahrenheit (8 Celsius), a day after the thermometer plummeted to minus 44 degrees Celsius (47 F below zero) and the wind chill exceeded 77 C below zero (108 F below zero).
Rising temperatures spilled over into Texas, where thousands of Austinites were still without power five days after an ice storm knocked out power for nearly a third of the city. By Sunday, more than 90% had power, according to Austin Energy. But some 40,000 customers were still in the dark and there was no date to complete the repairs.
Katy Manganella, 37, was so angry that when Austin Energy visited her neighborhood with charging stations but no repair trucks, she started marching in front of the station with a banner reading: “This pregnant lady has had enough! ”
“It’s been pretty horrible,” said Manganella, a therapist who is seven months pregnant. “How come there are no plans for this?”
In the northeast, extreme weather and high winds caused collateral damage.
Boston Medical Center closed its emergency department after a pipe froze and burst Saturday night. It is expected to remain closed until Tuesday.
“All patients in the affected areas of the Emergency Department have been safely transferred to other areas of the hospital,” the medical center said in a tweet.
In Providence, Rhode Island, high winds smashed the windows of a gun shop that was being used as a heating center Friday through Saturday, but repairs were completed in a short time. No one at the Cranston Street Armory was in any danger, Matthew Sheaff, a spokesman for Gov. Dan McKee, said in an email. People just moved to other rooms.
Above-average temperatures are expected to continue for some time, said Bob Oravec, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland.
“We are seeing a much more moderate flow through much of the country, and we expect temperatures to be above average next week in most of the country, especially the Northeast,” he added.
Paul Weber in Austin, Texas, and Julie Walker in New York contributed to this report.
Source: El Nuevo Herald