The north of the United States froze on Wednesday with polar temperatures and wind from the Arctic, pushing the authorities to put in place emergency measures to protect the population.
“Unprecedented Arctic Air Mass” Will Cause Extreme Temperatures with -34 to -51 Degrees Celsius Sensations in the Northern Plains, Great Lakes Region, and the North of the “Midwest”, According to Meteorological Services (NWS).
In northwestern Minnesota, mercury dropped to -40 Celsius at six in the morning in the small town of Mahnomen, with a sensation of -53 degrees.
Authorities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan issued warning bulletins for Wednesday which was to be the coldest day of this polar episode affecting some 60 million people.
“We need everyone to do their share of the work and make sure you and your family are prepared,” said J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois.
In Michigan, the polar wind alert is in place until late Thursday morning, said the state’s weather service, urging people to exercise extreme caution.
The cold wind “could cause frostbite on the exposed skin in only ten minutes if outside activity is needed,” warned the NWS.
” Stay warm “
The sun-drenched shores of Lake Michigan were frozen Wednesday morning in Chicago where he was expected to -30 degrees in the morning and -26 in the afternoon. With -28 degrees at 04:00, the city broke the record for cold for a January 30 that dated 1966 (-26). The Chicago City Hall, nicknamed the “Windy City”, has introduced the “Stayhahaud” hashtag to discourage the population from going out.
The icy wind that descended from the Arctic Circle to the east coast of the country has already claimed at least four lives, according to media reports, and has caused many disturbances.
Chicago railroad workers set the rails on fire to prevent them from freezing and being impassable.
All Metra Electric city trains were stationary Wednesday morning and until “new order”, according to the transport company.
“There have been multiple problems with the (power) cables, especially because of the shrinkage of the metal due to extreme weather conditions,” said Michael Gillis, spokesperson for Metra, quoted by the press.
At the two airports in the city, O’Hare and Midway, more than 1,500 flights were canceled.
The schools of the city will remain closed Wednesday and Thursday. Several federal buildings, social centers, libraries and even police stations have opened for those in need of warmth.
The Lyft chauffeur-driven car booking service has also offered shopping for up to $ 15 for customers wanting to reach these centers to protect themselves from the cold.
In Minneapolis and its “twin city” of St. Paul, many shelters were open 24 hours a day.
In the face of deteriorating weather conditions, the US Postal Service, the US Postal Service, reported suspending its mail delivery Wednesday in six states, according to CNN. These are Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin.