Extreme Cold Affecting Many Areas Across US
Extremely cold weather is a problem in many parts of the United States.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that record-setting temperatures have been blamed for at least 12 deaths in recent weeks.
Some forecasters say the worst weather is yet to come.
On Tuesday, the U.S. National Weather Service announced wind chill advisories and freeze warnings for 40 of the 50 states.
The weather service predicted a "period of much-below-normal temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills to the central and eastern U.S. over the next week."
Air temperatures fell to -13 Celsius near Cullman, Alabama, which usually has a mild winter. In the port of Mobile, Alabama, temperatures reached as low as -7 Celsius.
City officials opened warming shelters across the southern United States, as the cold weather brought light snow as far south as Austin, Texas.
On Wednesday, a winter storm dropped snow, sleet and freezing rain from northern Florida up the Southeast coast. Some cities reported snowfall for the first time in over 20 years. Cars spun out of control on icy roads from Texas to Georgia.
Hospitals across the country are reporting an increase in emergency room visits for hypothermia and other conditions linked to extreme cold.
The record-setting cold weather began in the central U.S. early last week. Omaha, Nebraska, broke a 130-year record when temperatures fell to -29 Celsius. The city of Aberdeen, South Dakota broke a 99-year record with temperatures of -36 Celsius.
In Florida, several water parks closed because of the cold weather. New York's Hudson River froze in some parts, forcing officials to cancel passenger ferry service.
At Niagara Falls, people took photographs of the Horseshoe Falls, where flowing water had turned to ice.
Frozen sharks were washing up along the coast south of Boston, Massachusetts, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy reported.
Forecasters warned that weather conditions could worsen, especially in the Northeast.
A winter storm warning extended from the Florida panhandle all the way up the Atlantic coast. Coastal flooding, downed trees and power lines were possible along the East Coast.
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1.weather conditions 天气状况
Salvage operations have been greatly assisted by the good weather conditions.
2.winter storm 冬季风暴
Our satellite shows a possible late winter storm moving towards us at the start of next week.
3.washing up 冲刷
He is in the middle of washing up.
4.turned to 转向
He turned to look back, but by then she was out of sight.
5.Cars spun out of control on icy roads from Texas to Georgia.
out of control 失去控制
My impression is that they are totally out of control.
The car had apparently hit a traffic sign before skidding out of control.
6.Some cities reported snowfall for the first time in over 20 years.
for the first time 首次
Streams had run dry for the first time in memory.
For the first time in my career, I was failing.
通常，阿拉巴马州考尔曼的冬季气候温和，但其附近的气温已降至零下13摄氏度 。而阿拉巴马州莫拜尔港的气温已降至零下7摄氏度 。
周三，一场冬季风暴横跨佛罗里达州北部和美国东南海岸并带来降雪、雨夹雪和冻雨 。一些城市20多年来首次出现降雪 。德克萨斯州到格鲁吉亚州的道路结冰，汽车打滑失控 。
上周，美国中部爆发了创纪录的寒冷天气 。内布拉斯加州的奥马哈市气温降至零下29摄氏度，打破130年来的低温记录 。而南达科他州阿伯丁镇的零下36度低温打破其99年来的低温记录 。
在佛罗里达州，一些水上公园因极寒天气被迫歇业 。纽约市哈德逊河的部分河段结冰，有关官员不得不取消客轮服务 。
冬季风暴的警报从佛罗里达州狭长地带延伸至大西洋沿岸 。东海岸沿线可能发生洪水、树木倒地和电线杆倒塌的危险 。