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UPDATE: Wisconsin officials: 3 deaths possibly linked to cold

UPDATE:  Wisconsin officials: 3 deaths possibly linked to cold

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ State health officials are investigating whether three deaths last week were related to the swath of frigid temperatures.

Wisconsin Emergency Management says the deaths were in Ashland, Marquette and Milwaukee counties. All three people died Friday.

The Department of Health Services said Tuesday the deaths remain under investigation, but officials suspect the cold weather was a factor.

The string of cold temperatures is expected to continue a little longer. The National Weather Service has issued a statewide wind-chill advisory through Wednesday at noon.

Temperatures are expected to remain bitterly cold through Wednesday morning, with wind chills ranging from minus 25 to minus 25 across the state. The weather should start warming up in the afternoon, and by the weekend temperatures should be in the 30s.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The deep freeze that's descended on much of the United States has not caused any serious emergencies yet in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Emergency Management spokesman Tod Pritchard said Monday that there have been scattered reports of water main breaks and frozen pipes in homes. He also says there was a minor power outage in Lafayette County, but power was quickly restored and no one had to be relocated.

Pritchard says of the cold, ``So far, so good.''

Pritchard says one of the major concerns is of people suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of using charcoal or gas heaters inside to warm their homes.

The Ready Wisconsin emergency preparedness website at ready.wi.gov also lists heating shelters around the state open to get people out of the dangerous cold.

 

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