NEW YORK – The Bowery Mission, one of the oldest and largest faith-based charities in New York City, said it is sheltering hundreds of people at night and turning no one away as the city and large parts of America find themselves in a deadly freeze.
"Our primary concern at The Bowery Mission during weather like this is that people are not on the streets exposed and getting sick. This is certainly life-threatening weather, so we are taking it very seriously. Last night we had 179 people stay at our first floor, at our chapel and our dining hall," said James Winans, chief development officer at The Bowery, in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
In New York, the temperature reached single digits and into the negatives with wind chill in the morning, with Mayor Bill de Blasio urging residents to find a warm place to stay and not risk cold-related dangers such as hypothermia and frostbite. CNN reported that 15 deaths have been blamed on the cold stretching across the East and South so far, 11 from traffic accidents. more >>
As much of the East and South endure extremely cold, life-threatening temperatures on Tuesday, churches across the region are offering much-needed shelter and rest for stranded passengers and those without a place to stay.
The Weather Prediction Center on Tuesday announced that "dangerously cold arctic air" has overtaken the eastern two thirds of the nation, with wind chill and hard freeze warnings in effect for much of the Deep South, and temperatures reaching to as low as -20F and even -50F in some places.
A Florida church has closed indefinitely following the discovery of two sinkholes beneath its property.
Engineers responsible for remodeling the building discovered two sinkholes, one under the parsonage and another near the sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs.
The Rev. Don Rollins, who only moved to Florida several months ago, said that coming from Oregon, he had little experience with these natural occurrences, which are common in his new home. more >>
Officials in the U.S. Midwest warned of "life-threatening" temperatures on Sunday after an Arctic chill slammed the region with the coldest weather in two decades. Some places are expected to be so cold that exposed skin would get frostbitten within minutes, officials said.
Midwestern states received up to a foot of new snow Sunday, with the Chicago area covered with about 9 inches of snow, St. Louis area having about a foot of snow and northern Indiana with at least 8 inches of snow, The Associated Press reported.
Central Illinois braced for 8 to 10 inches, and southern Michigan could see up to 15 inches, according to forecast. more >>
The winter storm "Hercules" has canceled thousands of flights in the U.S. over Thursday evening and Friday morning, with severe weather conditions expected to stretch into the weekend, the National Weather Service said.
"The upcoming period extending into the weekend will continue to feature wintry precipitation and much below normal temperatures. As of early this morning, widespread snow continues to fall across the coastal sections of the Mid-Atlantic and up into New England," NWS's announcement on Friday morning read.
"Accumulations should continue throughout the morning across coastal sections of New England before winding down as the strengthening surface low exits into the Canadian maritimes." more >>
Winter storm "Hercules" is set to hit the Northeast and Midwest regions on Thursday, threatening to affect 100 million people, dump over a foot of snow and possibly make travel "impossible."
"Roads will be snow covered and slippery today. Conditions will rapidly deteriorate tonight as snow becomes heavier and the winds increase," an official blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service on Thursday morning read. "This will result in blizzard conditions and times tonight into Friday morning. Whiteout conditions are possible and travel may become impossible at times. Dangerously cold wind chills will also develop Friday morning."
The weather service adds that travel will be "extremely dangerous" due to whiteout conditions, and advises people not to travel, but to bring with them a winter survival kit if they do. more >>