Monday’s ice temperatures set a new record in Chicago, at minus 16, and Fort Wayne, Ind., where the mercury fell to 13 below. Meteorologists claim that low temperatures were also recorded in Oklahoma and Texas, with strong wind blowing across the region. Officials in Indiana, already struggling with high winds and more than a foot of snow, urged residents to stay home.
“The cold is the real killer here,” Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said Monday as he asked schools and businesses to remain closed for another day. “In 10 minutes you could be dead without the proper clothes.”
“Temperatures meanwhile plunged to 8 degrees in Atlanta and 6 degrees below zero at a remote weather station in the north Georgia mountains — the coldest it has been there for decades,” reports The Huffington Post.
“Temperatures hit lows in parts of West Virginia not felt for 25 years, while the extreme cold in Virginia beat records that had stood since the late 1950s. The National Weather Service said the mercury bottomed out at 3 degrees before sunrise at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshal International Airport, with a wind chill of minus 16.”
Jeffery Oldham Jr., a driver of a truck, wore a whole camouflage when he was trying to go inside every 15 minutes to warm up, and that mending a fuel pump took seven or eight minutes.
“Long enough to feel like my face was going to freeze,” Oldham said, adding “It wouldn’t be too bad out if it wasn’t for the wind.”
Lynn Palmer, was communiting to her job on Tuesday when she faced extreme cold while waiting for a bus.
“I could barely walk,” the lifelong Alexandria native said, describing the temperatures as the coldest she had ever experienced.
At least 15,000 customers in Indiana remained without power yesterday. Utility crews did all they could in order to restore service as temperatures plunged into the negative teens, but officials warned that some customers could be in the cold and dark for days.
“My kids are ready to go home, and I’m ready too,” said 41-year-old Timolyn Johnson-Fitzgerald, of Indianapolis, who faced a second night sleeping on cots at a Red Cross shelter with her three children, ages 11, 15, and 18.
According to the predictions of meteorologists, Indianapolis is expected to reach 27 degrees on Wednesday, and other cities in the region could climb above freezing later in the week.
Forecasters explain that about 187 million Americans could feel the effects of the “polar vortex” — a dangerous blast of subzero air — by the time it spreads across the country.
Meanwhile, in Internet was uploaded a video that shows how the extra cold blast of polar winds freezes a T-shirt in a few seconds.
On the video features an employee of a sports brand in Dubuque, Iowa freezing a wet T-shirt in one minute, writes The Telegraph.