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SEVERE WEATHER

When arctic blasts plummet temperatures, stepping outside can be dangerous. In this Health Fusion episode, Viv Williams talks to a researcher about what intensely cold air could do to anyone's lungs.
Compared to the past two more mild winters, the two weeks of snow and freeze was an earlier-than-usual challenge for Department of Transportation crews across the state.
North Dakota saw temperatures swing by 137 degrees this year, as winter brought relentless cold and multiple blizzards to the region.
Already running low on supplies and thin on emergency management infrastructure, temperatures as low as minus-55 wind chill will hit several South Dakota tribes especially hard.

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DICKINSON — Gary Zuroff is no stranger to blizzards. He’s been toiling away in public works for 41 years now, the past 10 of them as the director in Dickinson. Prior to his current tenure, he spent 16 years as public works director for the City of Glendive, MT.
DICKINSON — City Hall, the Dickinson Public Library and Badlands Dinosaur Museum were closed for the day Wednesday due heavy snowfall. City Administrator Dustin Dassinger announced on Wednesday that these non-essential city services would resume normal business hours effective Thursday morning.
"Roads are ice-covered and motorists should use extreme caution," North Dakota transportation officials said in a statement.
The advisory states Thursday travel should be restricted to emergencies only. City Hall and several other public entities are closed for the day.
Between 6-12 inches of snow accumulation and 55 mph winds anticipated by National Weather Service
Several counties along the Florida coast issued mandatory and voluntary evacuations orders for residents who live near the coast and on barrier islands and opened shelters at schools and community centers.

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LUMA Energy said it restored service to 1.374 million, or about 94% of all customers by late Monday and expects to restore service to 90% of customers in the hardest hit areas by Oct. 6 so long as sufficient generation is available.
One of the mightiest storms to hit the U.S. mainland in recent years, Ian flooded communities before plowing across the peninsula to the Atlantic seaboard. Local power companies said more than 2.5 million homes and businesses in Florida remained without power.
During the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season — one of the most active on record — climate change boosted hourly rainfall rates in hurricane-force storms by 8%-11%, according to an April 2022 study in the journal Nature Communications.

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