Death toll rising as freezing temps impact millions across US | U.S. News

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Over 55 people across the U.S. have died in the wake of a massive winter storm — and more lives are expected to be lost as freezing temperatures continue to impact much of the country.

The storm has killed at least 57 people as of Monday in 12 states, according to NBC News, including Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin. 

At least 25 of those died in Erie County, New York, as western parts of the state remain buried in heavy snow. State police had been involved in over 500 rescues in the region, including delivering a baby, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a press conference Sunday. 

“There is a substantial, significant, devastating loss of this winter storm,” Hochul said.

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“We’re still in the throes of this very dangerous life-threatening situation,” Hochul said, adding that residents should stay off the roads. “Our state and county plows have been out there, nonstop, giving up time and putting themselves in danger, driving through blinding snowstorms to clear the roads.”

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a news conference that officials expect between 8 and 12 more inches of snow to fall between Monday morning and 1 p.m. Tuesday. 

“This is a horrible situation,” he said. “This is not helpful as we’re trying to recover and clear off streets and get into areas that still have not” been plowed.”

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Death toll rising as freezing temps impact millions across US | U.S. News

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