5 things you need to know Friday


Slow-moving winter storm leaves Texas, heads northeast

The slow-moving winter disaster that pummeled Texas with snow and ice will keep creeping over the northeast through Friday, with snow forecast to fall along a 2,000-mile-long swath from northwestern and north-central Texas to northern Maine, AccuWeather said. Freezing rain, sleet and ice accumulations will make travel conditions extremely dangerous, and residents should expect power outages and the possibility of tree damage, according to forecasters. The extreme weather was blamed for the deaths of at least 56 people, with a growing toll of those who perished trying to keep warm. In Texas, 7 million people are under a boil water notice, while about 325,000 homes and businesses remained without power Thursday, though utility officials said limited rolling blackouts were still possible. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is deploying 700,000 liters of bottled water, more than 60,000 blankets and industrial-sized generators to help power hospitals and other critical structures. But the immediate lack of supplies has made a tough situation tougher: Stores that have managed to stay open are lined with empty shelves because delivery trucks are dealing with icy roads.

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