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Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign on Feb. 18 in Killeen, Texas. Photo: Joe Raedle via Getty Images

Texas has added 36 more deaths to the official death toll from the winter storm that swept across the state in February, bringing the total number of lives lost to 246.

Why it matters: The storm left millions without power as people faced single-digit temperatures and sub-zero wind chill.

By the numbers: Officials attribute 161 deaths to injuries from extreme cold exposure such as hypothermia and frostbite, according to the report.

  • Twenty-five deaths resulted from "exacerbation of pre-existing illness," including disruptions to dialysis or oxygen treatment, loss of power to medical equipment and frozen medical devices or medication.
  • Hazardous road conditions contributed to 22 traffic fatalities.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning caused 19 deaths.
  • Fire-related injuries led to 10 deaths, including from space heaters placed near ignitable materials.
  • Nine deaths were caused by trauma or fractures from falling and slipping on ice, one of which resulted in drowning.
  • The victims ranged in age from under one to 102 years old.

Worth noting: Experts say it's impossible to track every death due to the storm's reach, the Texas Tribune notes.

  • A BuzzFeed analysis published in May estimated that 700 people died during the worst outages, hundreds more than the official count.

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In photos: 2021's devastating climate disasters

Firefighters work on a wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, Calif., in September 2021. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Climate disasters in 2021 affected millions of lives, caused billions of dollars in economic loss across the world and brought into stark reality the perils of higher temperatures and climate change in general.

The big picture: Early data has ranked 2021 as the sixth warmest year on record. Climatologists have warned that increased surface temperatures make floods, droughts, heat and cold waves, wildfires and tropical storms and hurricanes more common and intense.

First look: Senators propose bill to ban corporate PACs

Sens. Jon Ossoff and Mark Kelly. Photos: Chip Somodevilla (left), Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

Sens. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) will soon propose a bill prohibiting for-profit corporations from establishing and managing political action committees, according to a copy of the legislation obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The introduction of "The Ban Corporate PACs Act" comes amid heightened scrutiny on Capitol Hill regarding money in politics, including efforts to bar companies from influencing political campaigns and federal elections. It would likely face a court challenge and First Amendment concerns.

Exclusive: YouTube shuts down two Oath Keepers channels

Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers. (Photo: Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

YouTube has deactivated two channels linked to the Oath Keepers militia group whose members have been charged in relation to the January 6 Capitol riot, the company told Axios.

The big picture: Social media platforms that were used to plan or promote the Capitol attack have moved with varying degrees of speed to bar the accounts involved.