The deadly freezing temperatures on the Great Plains are reportedly causing the ears of calves and livestock to "fall off" due to frostbite.
This weather crisis is starting to get incredibly dangerous...
Right now, a winter storm is wreaking havoc in numerous southern U.S states...
And it's something that we haven't quite seen in decades.
Many southern states have been left without electricity and running water...
With so many people and their families being forced into unbearable living situations.
According to The Guardian, professionals have noted that the heating of the arctic may be to blame for these crazy changes in the weather down south...
Especially for the snowstorms that have been brutally hitting the people of Texas.
They explained the situation:
"[Experts claim] there is evidence that the rapid heating of the Arctic can help push frigid air from the north pole much further south, possibly to the US-Mexico border."
Things have gotten so bad in the last few weeks that people have been forced to evacuate their homes...
And due to the addition of heavy snowstorms and below-freezing temperatures, many states - in particular Texas - have been left completely powerless in most areas.
FYI, many southern states never see this kind of weather meaning that the majority of houses and buildings aren't equipped for below-freezing temperatures.
And not only that, but twenty-four deaths have been reported so far...
Brutal cold hung over Texas and the central United States on Tuesday, bringing chaos to parts of the U.S. not used to severe winter weather.— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 17, 2021
At least 23 people died across four states, from icy roads and other weather-related incidents.https://t.co/o8gGy927p2 pic.twitter.com/YlB1XYtPDT
?And as temperatures continue to fall, this number is set to rise.
People are doing their best to push through this difficult period...
But with little to no options, some have been forced to make do with what they've got.
Many homes have been left for days without running water...
Hey @tedcruz , can I stay at your place while your traveling to Cancun? Because like millions of your constituents, I'm melting snow TO BE ABLE TO USE A TOILET IN MY HOUSE DURING THE WORST WINTER STORM IN TEXAS HISTORY.#TedCruz #TexasFreeze pic.twitter.com/D6cRQf419t— Mary Dubya (@bubble_gurl) February 18, 2021
And people are having to melt the snow from their front yards in order to flush their toilets and wash their hands.
This is not okay and the fact that the Senator of Texas, Ted Cruz, fled to Mexico with his family really added salt to the wound.
People have been taking to social media to share their new living situations during the unbearable temperatures...
Update:— Castro1021 (@Castro1021) February 17, 2021
48+ hours without power..... pic.twitter.com/4No8rXxpNp
Including Twitch streamer, Edwin Castro, who has been playing video games and streaming in the comfort of his car due to the power cuts.
This Twitter user shared this shocking photo of their fan...
This is how cold it is at my Apartment.— ???????????? ?????????? ? (@ThomasBlackGG) February 16, 2021
As a Texan, yes, I'm certainly not built for this. I don't even care. pic.twitter.com/FMt8imglJp
That had literally frozen to the ceiling and had icicles dangling down from it.
And perhaps the most shocking of them all...
This fish tank in texas is frozen pic.twitter.com/cmD3GTJCcU— Asiago (@fkaLuna_) February 17, 2021
This unfortunate mom found her daughter's fish tank completely frozen with the fish trapped inside.
This is something that hasn't been experienced for decades...
It’s so cold in my Texas town that this container of snow has been sitting in my garage for 2 days and has not melted ?? pic.twitter.com/60lFBcQXTH— LoLo (@kacchanluvsdeku) February 17, 2021
And right now, people aren't quite sure what to do.
Who knows how long this nightmare will last...
But sadly, it seems as if things are nowhere near close to returning back to normal.
And people staying in their homes aren't the only ones struggling.
Ranchers and farmers all across the south have been majorly feeling the effects of the storm... especially those located across the Great Plains.
Dale Murden, a cattle raiser in Harlingen, Texas told Bloomberg, "the whole state from the panhandle to the tip of Texas is just a mess."
Sadly, livestock from across the affected states have died as a result of the freezing temperatures.
And the raging weather hasn't just killed the animals...
But it has also slowed down the weight gain for most cattle, which will ultimately lose farmers and ranchers lots of money.
"It's survival of the fittest right now," Tyler Beaver, a founder of brokerage Beaf Cattle Co. in Arkansas.
"Lots of hay is having to be put out on a daily basis just to keep the cows warm enough to not freeze to death."
In other states, like Oklahoma and Arkansas, newborn calves are freezing to death as ranchers desperately try to save them...
Using pantyhose to keep their heads warm and even sticking the most vulnerable animals in their cars and homes.
And in Montana, they've been duct-taping calves' ears to their necks to stop them from falling off due to frostbite...
“If you’re cold, they’re cold, bring them inside,” but literally, in Texas, people are bringing their prize cattle inside.— Yell in a War (@jelenawoehr) February 16, 2021
I do not know how they plan to convince them to move back outside.
(This is Preacher the Watusi, he’s on Facebook.) pic.twitter.com/YVdtmiFvT9
Which is something that has tragically been happening.
FEMA and the USDA are offering assistance to farmers and ranchers, including emergency care for animals and financial assistance for those who raise them...
And sadly, Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned residents on Thursday - millions of whom are without clean drinking water and/or power - to brace for the freezing temperatures to continue at least through the weekend, according to the New York Times.
Our thoughts go out to all of those struggling through the crisis during these difficult times.