As snow blanketed much of Texas on Sunday, an 11-year-old gleefully played outside. It was his first time seeing snow.

Less than 24 hours later, as temperatures plunged to near single digits and homes lost power, the boy died.
Many Texans have died because of the winter storm. Just how many won’t be known for weeks or months.
In Abilene, first responders found a 60-year-old man dead in his home on Wednesday.

His wife was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. She said they hadn’t had power in days. Fire department members said it felt as cold inside the home as outside.
Officials have reported an uptick in hypothermia as power outages meant people lived for days in below-freezing temperatures.
Officials are also citing a spike in ER visits over carbon monoxide poisoning.

Most cases were caused by the indoor use of heating sources. Machines like charcoal barbecues and gas-powered generators release carbon monoxide that can be fatal in minutes.

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