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Over 80 deaths being processed by medical examiner could be related to winter storm

Homeless tents covered in snow on Feb. 15. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

The Travis County medical examiner's office is processing more than 80 deaths since its office closed at the start of the winter storm on Feb. 13.

The medical examiner's office is responsible for completing autopsies to identify a cause of death, which it has not been able to do for a week now, a spokesperson told the Austin American-Statesman.


The number of deaths related to the winter storm has not yet been identified by the office. A number of complications related to freezing temperatures could have occurred between people going days without power and falls on ice.

A final incident report for Feb. 14-19 from Austin-Travis County EMS revealed it had 6,058 calls for service:

    • 187 environmental exposures
    • 519 falls
    • 115 traffic collisions with injures
    • 86 carbon monoxide poisonings
    Other Texas cities reported deaths within days of freezing weather. The elderly and homeless were of particular concern across the state as power outages lasted days.

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