An icy storm plunged more than 600,000 Midwesterners into freezing darkness today, crippling power and causing about 15 fatalities on slippery roads, the AP reports. Oklahoma fared worst, declaring a state of emergency as schools shut down and hospitals ran on backup generators. More is on the way, according to the National Weather Service—which posted ice and storm warnings for parts of several states tomorrow.
About a half million Oklahomans lost power as inch-thick ice weighed down power lines and felled tree limbs. Meanwhile, airports in Tulsa and Oklahoma City grounded planes while Greyhound bus passengers huddled for warmth in a shelter. FEMA and the US Army are sending generators and bottled water to aid the embattled state, which officials say may wait a week for full power.