Polar vortex: Millions hit by freezing temperatures in US


Extraordinarily cold weather has paralysed cities across the United States – leaving more than 200 million people facing freezing temperatures.

The weather has been blamed for twelve deaths, according to Reuters.

In Chicago, temperatures have plummeted to nearly minus 30 Celsius degrees, with residents dubbing the city “Chiberia”. Steam could even be seen rising up over the waters of Lake Michigan.

In scenes reminiscent of the film franchise ‘Back to the Future’, rails looked like they’d been set alight as gas-fed switch heaters were employed to stop switch points from icing at the windy city’s busiest interlock point.

On Wednesday, even some Hamilton (Chicago) performances were cancelled, due to weather conditions.



Both of today’s performances of #HamiltonCHI are canceled today due to weather conditions. Please contact your point of purchase before Friday, February 8, 2019, for an exchange to another Wednesday performance before March 27, 2019, based on availability. https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-ent-hamilton-cancelled-cold-temps-jan-30-story.html …

3:56 PM – Jan 30, 2019
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The severe weather across the country has led to thousands of flights being cancelled, as well as schools and universities being closed.

States of emergency have been declared in some areas and the US Postal Service said it would suspend deliveries in certain locations.