Authorities urged the public not to sit in a car if possible, while videos of cars and trucks slipping on the roads appeared on social media. Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport has been closed and all flights from Austin-Bergstrom Airport have been canceled.
The mass accident seen in the video (nearly 130 cars involved) occurred on one of the highways due to tinny rain. For now, we know about six dead for sure and there are plenty of wounded.
The temperature at Houston Intercontinental Airport dropped to minus 8 degrees Celsius on Monday morning, the coldest measured value since December 23, 1989. The National Meteorological Service forecasts that Tuesday morning’s low could be as low as minus 11 degrees Celsius.
“Dangerous, very cold weather, threatening both lives and property, will continue even when rainfall will no longer fall,” the Houston Weather Service wrote in a statement.
Dallas was measured at minus 15 degrees Celsius on Monday morning, the coldest temperature since 1989. To date, more than 760 flights have been canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
U.S. President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Texas on Sunday night. The measure is intended to enable the government to provide federal support to repair the damage caused by extreme winter weather. The President instructed the Federal Emergency Response Agency (FEMA) to coordinate measures and provide the necessary means and resources to mitigate the emergency.
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