Power restored to many in Texas, but freezing temperatures remain

Yolanda Curtis
February 19, 2021

Many power plants have suffered interruptions.

These waivers are helping increase the delivery of water, food, and other supplies to Texas communities dealing with power and water outages.

The National Weather Service said the storm was moving across several states on a 2,300-kilometer (1,430-mile) track to the Northeast, with 38 centimeters (15 inches) of snow on the ground in the state of Arkansas, which is northeast of Texas, heavy snow and ice farther north through the Appalachian Mountains and up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) of snow predicted Thursday and Friday in the NY metropolitan region.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, 38 centimetres (15 inches) of snow was on the ground on Thursday after back-to-back storms, tying a record for snow depth set in 1918, the National Weather Service said.

The extreme weather was blamed for the deaths of over three dozen people, some while trying to keep warm.

In the Houston area, one family succumbed to carbon monoxide from auto exhaust in their garage. Although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, the Houston Chronicle reports that they had been using a fireplace to keep warm after their electricity went out.

Texas has faced a compounding number of power challenges as an unprecedented arctic cold snap across the state has impacted all forms of electricity generation, and customer demands for energy have surpassed the available supply.

"Much of Texas is deprived of electricity or heat as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather". He said officials are working to get power restored across the state.

Texas is now under the microscope, with experts pointing to the state's deregulated electricity system (and its lack of readiness for cold weather) as the culprits.

In Harris County, Texas - which includes Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city - more than 1 million people either had no water or were instructed to boil it before consuming it.

More than 800 public water systems serving 162 of the state's 254 counties had been disrupted as of Thursday, affecting 13.1 million people, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

In Texas on Thursday, about 325,000 homes and businesses remained without power, down from about 3 million a day earlier, though utility officials said limited rolling blackouts were still possible.

Compounding the misery, thousands of Houston residents were also suffering a loss of water pressure.

The conference will take place at the Alternate State Operations Center in Austin.

More than seven million people were under "boil water orders" as treatment plants couldn't function.

Weather-related outages have been particularly stubborn in OR, where some customers have been without power for nearly a week. A Portland supermarket threw perishable food into the trash, leading to a clash between scavengers and police.

The experts' comments come as some Texans impacted by the storm are beginning to recover, and others are still without power and safe water.

And in Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said most of the city of about 150,000 was without water Thursday night. Texas, for example, expects power demand to peak in the heat of summer, not the depths of winter, as it did this week. And a 9-year-old Tennessee boy was killed when the tube his father was pulling behind an ATV slammed into a mailbox.

And a man fell through the ice on the Detroit River on Wednesday night and likely drowned, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.

Before the wintry weather moved on, parts of Texas got more snow.

Before the wintry weather moved from Texas, the city of Del Rio along the U.S. -Mexico border, got almost 10 inches (25.4 cm) of snow on Thursday, surpassing the city's one-day record for snowfall.

In Shreveport, La., local officials were warning residents that it might be Saturday before water service, cut off due to the winter storms, is fully restored.

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