The number of victims of the Arctic cold, holding down the Midwest USA, has risen to 21 people. On Thursday, the temperature in some places dropped to −49 ° С. About 25 people were hospitalized in Chicago with frostbite.
According to the US National Weather Service, more than 20 years have passed since a similar outburst of cold air swept the Midwest and Northeast USA.
According to Refinitiv, a financial data provider, homes and businesses used record volumes of natural gas to fight the cold. Utilities urged consumers to save energy in order to avoid power outages.
In Detroit, General Motors Co suspended work at 11 plants in Michigan to reduce natural gas consumption. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV canceled the shift on Thursday at its two plants.
Snow and black ice created dangerous driving conditions. On Thursday, 26 accidents were registered for two hours in Johnson County in eastern Iowa.
Abnormal cold and strong winds forced US airlines to cancel more than 2,000 flights. The most severely affected Chicago air ports.
Over 30 record lows have been set in the Midwest.