Record Cold Snap to Blame
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Frigid temperatures over the past two days have damaged crops all along the eastern seaboard, reduced fuel oil and gas to critical levels, and caused at least thirty-six deaths. Temperature as cold as 50 below zero has been recorded in New Hampshire and New York state. The companies providing fuel oil and gas service to most of metropolitan New York indicated there are only enough resources to create a supply for approximately four more days. Consumers are urged to curtail gas usage as much as possible, including ceasing to supplement household heating with the kitchen stove. Commercial laundries are facing closure due to insufficient fuel supply to power their water heaters. From peach crops in New York state to vegetable and citrus crops in Florida, millions of dollars in crop damage is attributed to the cold snap.