Saturday, 18 September, 2021


Millions endure record cold without power; at least 20dead

In Pictures: Subfreezing cold sweeps through Texas Texas plunged into snow emergency as winter storm hits southern states | ITV News
Patty Aguilar | 17 February, 2021, 21:20

"I know they can't see us right now because they're without electricity, but the president and I are thinking of them and really hope that we can do everything that is possible through the signing of the emergency orders to get federal relief to support them", Ms Harris said. Carlson is one of many to blame the recent power outages in Texas on frozen windmills, with many claiming that this situation shows the shortcomings of renewable energy.

Some utilities said they were starting blackouts, while others urged customers to reduce power usage.

Millions of people in the state, which rarely experiences such low temperatures, have been struggling to cope with the lack of power and frigid conditions.

As nightfall threatened to plummet temperatures again into single digits, officials warned that homes still without power would likely not have heat until tomorrow, as frustration mounted and the state's electric grid came under growing demand and criticism.

More than 500 people were hunkering down at one shelter in Houston, but Mayor Sylvester Turner said other warming centres had to be shut down because those locations, too, lost power.

Almost three million customers remained without power early on Wednesday in Texas, Louisiana and MS, more than 200,000 more in four Appalachian states, and almost that many in the Pacific Northwest, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks utility outage reports.

"The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours", said Governor Abbott. "The implementation of this load shed across the Entergy region will help ensure an adequate reserve margin, which helps ensure Entergy is better positioned to manage through additional extreme weather this week".

Massive power outages across Houston included a facility storing 8,000 doses of Moderna vaccine, leaving health officials scrambling to find takers at the same time authorities were pleading for people to stay home.

The tornado that hit North Carolina's Brunswick County was an EF3 with winds estimated at 160 miles per hour (257 kph), the weather service said on Twitter.

"The sky lit up and there was a lot of pop-pop-popping" and thunder, she said. A MS man died after losing control of his vehicle, which overturned on an icy road Monday night near Starkville, Oktibbeha County coroner Michael Hunt said Tuesday.

Four family members also perished in a Houston-area house fire while using a fireplace to stay warm.

Over four million people across the state were without power as of late Tuesday, including 1.4 million people in the Houston metropolitan area. Separately, police said two men found alongside a Houston highway were believed to have died due to the cold.

In western Tennessee, a 10-year-old boy died after falling into an ice-covered pond on Sunday during a winter storm, fire officials said. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, dropped to minus 26 Fahrenheit (minus 26 degrees Celsius).

Further inland, Chicago was expecting to see up to 14 inches of snow before the end of the cold snap.

The freezing storm has even reached northern and central parts of Mexico, where millions of people have experienced days of intermittent power cuts. About 100 school systems closed, delayed opening or switched to remote classes in Alabama, where forecasters said conditions might not improve until temperatures rise above freezing Wednesday afternoon.

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