NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Nashville, Tenn., believe that an elderly man was a victim of the bitter cold temperatures gripping the region. According to The Tennessean newspaper, the 81-year-old man had Alzheimer's, and police believe he wandered outside in his bathrobe and froze to death. His body was found early today.
At least two other people have died in wrecks on icy roads as the sub-freezing temperatures grip much of the eastern half of the country.
In Florida, farmers are scrambling to save strawberries and tomatoes.
The deep freeze will last for at least the rest of the week. The National Weather Service says the mercury could fall below zero in St. Louis later this week for the first time since 1999.
Homeless shelters, especially in the Southeast, braced for a crush of people and said they would not turn anyone away.
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: William McCoy walks on the ice on Lake Winnipeasaukee in Center Harbor, N.H., after an afternoon of fishing Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.