Death Toll Rises as Severe Winter Storm Sweeps United States

The ongoing US winter storm has claimed the lives of 23 people as temperatures hit record lows across the country.

A mixture of heavy snow, freezing rain, and chilling winds left millions of homes without power and paralyzed transportation.

Storm warnings were also issued in parts of Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas while tornado warnings were up in North Carolina.

In Houston Texas, a woman and her daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning after they tried to stay warm using a car while a homeless man allegedly died from exposure underneath a bridge in the same city.

In Sugar Land, Texas, a grandmother and her three grandchildren died from a house fire after attempting to warm themselves after they lost power. 

A San Antonio citizen has also reportedly died from the freezing weather but the circumstances of his death are still unclear.

There was also a 133-car pileup in Texas that left six people dead last week that was caused by icy road conditions. 

The recent tornado in North Carolina has killed three people and left ten injured along with structural damage to the area. 

In Louisiana,  a man died after slipping on the ice and hitting his head, officials said while a 10-year-old boy died in Tennessee after falling into an icy pond. 

The National Weather Service warned that cold weather was expected to continue throughout this weekend.

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