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video | Part of the United States was paralyzed by a blizzard

More than 200,000 Texans are without power due to a major ice storm that affected several states in the southern and central United States.

Difficult road conditions have killed at least two people, but there could be more.

More than a thousand flights have been canceled in and out of the Dallas area, CNN reports.

In addition to the precipitation that has already decreased, sleet, sleet and sleet are expected to affect parts of Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee early Thursday morning, forecasters said.

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“Hazardous travel conditions (especially during evening and morning commutes), tree damage, and power outages likely in the South Central region,” the National Weather Service in Memphis tweeted Tuesday night.

“Please proceed with extreme caution, especially on overpasses and overpasses if you have to travel.”

As ice and sleet blanketed Texas roads on Tuesday, authorities reported at least two deaths related to car crashes.

One person died Tuesday morning in south Austin in a 10-car pileup, the city’s fire department said.

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Another person was killed when their car overturned in Arlington, Dallas, police said.

More than 12 million people in parts of southeast Oklahoma, southern Missouri, central and eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, northwest Mississippi and Texas received ice storm warnings on Wednesday.

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The Weather Service issues ice storm warnings when ice accumulations larger than a quarter of an inch are possible. On Wednesday, warning areas are expected to see up to half an inch or more of freezing rain.

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The Dallas Weather Service warned: “Be prepared for broken tree limbs and power outages in this area, as well as dangerous or impossible travel conditions.”

Hundreds of car accidents have been recorded across the state of Texas.

Rescuers took care of people who were hypothermic or injured after slipping on the ice.

Greg Abbott said the Texas National Guard is ready to help stranded motorists, clearing roads and providing traffic checks.

Search and rescue teams are also preparing to intervene.