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'Polar vortex' kills at least 21 people across the US

Temperatures across the U.S. have been near or below freezing for days on end thanks to the so-called “polar vortex” that is moving its way across the country. The bone-chilling temperatures and the resulting weather conditions have caused schools to close, flights to be delayed, and according to an article published by Fox News on Jan. 8, have killed at least 21 people.

'Polar vortex' kills at least 21 people across the US
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Fox News reports that officials are blaming the deaths 21 people on the extreme weather caused by the “polar vortex.” The deaths reportedly include seven people in Illinois, six people in Indiana, and more.

Reports indicate that at least five people have died shoveling snow, and that several other victims were homeless. Additionally, at least two people have died in auto accidents including a 1-year-old boy in Missouri.

Officials say that all 50 states in the U.S. saw freezing temperatures including Hawaii where the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano reached 18 degrees.

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