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US : Intense cold turns deadly in Texas; outages hit, some lines restored

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. speaks with Texas Governor Greg Abbott

US: Intense cold turns deadly in Texas; outages hit, some lines restored

The storm system that took shape this week in the South will “continue to bring significant impacts from the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast US (Thursday),” according to the National Weather Service. “Significant ice accumulations and heavy snowfall are expected.”About 78 million Americans are under a winter weather alert and more than 27 million are going to bed under a hard freeze warning, CNN has reported.

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke this evening with Texas Governor Greg Abbott about the severe winter weather situation facing central and southern parts of the United States, including Texas.

President Biden conveyed his support to the people of Texas in this trying time. He reiterated that the federal government will continue to work hand-in-hand with state and local authorities in Texas to bring relief and address the critical needs of the families affected. He also shared his intentions to instruct additional federal agencies to look into any immediate steps that could be taken to support Texans at this time.

The President also expressed that his administration was at the ready should the State of Texas or any other impacted region need additional federal disaster support or assistance as severe storms move across the US.

 

A report datelined FORT WORTH, Texas says: In response to the devastating winter weather that continues to impact the Central United States and beyond, American Airlines has activated its disaster response giving platform, allowing customers and team members to assist American Red Cross efforts in Texas and beyond.

American is a long-standing national partner of the Red Cross, which has fully activated its resources to aid winter storm victims struggling without power or water. Monetary donations are the best way to assist those currently in need to help provide shelter, food, relief supplies, and health services through trained Red Cross personnel who are on the ground in impacted areas.

From now through Feb. 28, 2021, AAdvantage® members can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation. Visit the Red Cross website to donate now.

Travel alerts for 60 airports are also in place to allow customers whose travel plans are impacted by winter storms Uri and Viola flexibility to rebook without change fees. Customers can reschedule their travel on aa.com or by contacting Reservations at 800-433-7300 in the United States or Canada. If a customer chooses not to fly to/from an airport covered by the current waivers, American will waive change fees for future travel. Customers are also encouraged to check the status of their flight on aa.com.

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