At least 1 dead after freezing cold and wind chills in northeastern United States


Concern over the plight of people living on the streets has spurred an awareness effort in Boston, where dozens of city and agency workers rolled out last week to urge homeless people to prepare for the cold . In the end, only 10 people opted to spend Friday night outside in the city’s largest tented camp, while more than 100 others were brought to safety, Tania Del Rio said. , director of the city’s Coordinated Response Team.

“We were very worried,” Ms Del Rio said. “We know these people by name. We know their stories and we care about them, and we know that some people prefer to stay outside.

In Portland, Maine, a shelter set up to serve 75 people saw 92 show up seeking warmth overnight Friday and Saturday morning, a city spokeswoman said. Chairs have been set up to accommodate the additional participation.

Inside Boston’s South Station, the downtown train hub that was left unlocked to provide emergency shelter overnight Friday and Saturday, it was quiet early Saturday morning, though ‘busy. Dozens of people covered in sleeping bags, duvets, fibrous blankets, and even garbage bags lined up, sleeping, against the walls and on the benches of the station. Others, waiting for delayed trains, stood in front of the timetable board.

Rosie DeQuattro and Jerry Berke, from Maine, were there to catch a train to New York, where they planned to see a play. Aware of the risk of pipes freezing, they opened all their kitchen cabinet doors before leaving the house, to circulate warm air, and did not turn down the heating as they normally would before a trip.

The core of the Arctic air mass passed over northern New England, where locals pride themselves on their endurance in cold weather. But the combination of freezing cold and high winds forced some to make rare adjustments.

Wildcat Mountain, a 4,000-foot peak in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, was closed to skiers for a second straight day on Saturday, citing risks from adverse conditions. Other ski mountains, including Sugarloaf in western Maine, where the temperature was minus 9 p.m. as of 9 a.m. Saturday, have limited chairlift operations.

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