News to Know (2/17/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The CDC tells CBS News deadly winter storms will cause widespread delays of vaccine shipments over the next few days. The weather brought a tornado to Brunswick County, North Carolina, killing at least three people.  Texans dealt with another night of record low temperatures in the single digits, as millions shivered in the cold and dark.  The electrical grid there can’t keep up with demand.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Rolling blackouts are suspended in the area, but, that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet. Yesterday, the Southwest Power Pool announced it would return to a Level 3 Alert, which required utility members to implement rolling blackouts to reduce the load on power plants. Just before 1:00pm yesterday afternoon, the SPP announced it was moving back to an Energy Emergency Alert, Level 1, which means all of their electric resources are being used, and they’re at risk of not meeting demand.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A new temporary warming shelter is set up at the Lincoln Center in Pittsburg, next to the aquatic center. The shelter was set up as a collaboration between a student group and the city. It can shelter up to 20 people. Coats, meals, and cleaning supplies will be given to those who need them.

GRAND LAKE, Okla. – Authorities say if you see a frozen-over lake or pond don’t walk on it. You can’t tell just by looking how thick the ice is. Even if it appears to be thick enough, flowing water underneath could affect the thickness of the ice. Authorities say if you see someone fall through ice immediately call 911 and don’t go after them. If the ice couldn’t hold them, it can’t hold you. Instead try to reach them with a branch, a rope, or a ladder, something long that you can use to pull them out without putting yourself at risk.

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