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South, East brace for dangerous polar air as Midwest slowly starts to step out of freezer
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 1:03 AM EST
A dangerous mass of arctic air is marching toward the South and East after leaving much of the Midwest miserable with wind chills as low as minus 55.
Tennessee utility officials braced for near-record power demand, while Ohio prepared for its coldest temperatures in decades.
The polar air broke temperature records in Chicago, Fort Wayne, Ind., Oklahoma and Texas on Monday.
National forecasters say more than 187 million people could be affected by the weather system before it departs by week's end.