Colder Than Mars: 1.5M Homes Lose Power As Bomb Cyclone Freezes U.S.

HAMBURG, NY - DECEMBER 23: Snow and ice cover the roads along the Lake Erie Shoreline  on December 23, 2022 in Hamburg, New York. The Buffalo suburb and surrounding area are expecting wind gusts over 70 miles per hour battering homes and businesses through out the holiday weekend.  (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Nearly 1.5 million homes have lost power, with mass outages reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
  • The bomb cyclone that has enveloped much of the country has produced bitterly cold temperatures – even colder than Mars in some areas of the country.
  • The storm combines blizzard conditions with hurricane-force winds, shutting down air travel and turning highways into death traps.

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