A pre-med student and at least 11 others have died in the Midwest this week, as the deadly U.S. polar vortex continues.
RadarOnline.com has learned the chilling winds have reached dangerously low temperatures, harming and even killing unprotected residents.
Campus police found University of Iowa student Gerald Belz, 18, motionless behind an academic hall just before 3:00 a.m. this Wednesday, January 30. He was transported to the local hospital, where he was soon pronounced dead.
Though Belz’s official cause of death has not been released, winds in Iowa were at a record low of -51F when he was walking through campus.
Police did not find any alcohol in his system, according to reports.
Unfortunately, Belz has not been the polar vortex’s only victim.
At least 12 weather-related deaths have been reported since Saturday, January 26. Some of the victims lost their lives after being exposed to the excruciating cold, while others suffered car crashes and other incidents due to the snow and high winds.
This week, temperatures in parts of the Midwest have plunged to -42F. Due to this, postal services and 2,000 flights were canceled this Thursday, January 31.
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