A dangerously cold winter storm in the United States has developed high freezing winds, snow, and ice to numerous areas that infrequently face such deadly frigid situations. A surge in demand for power in Texas state had resulted in widespread power cuts. Moreover, the state is having another heavy storm later on Tuesday.
The NWS (National Weather Service) described that above 150 million people were currently under winter storm threats. Besides this, around eleven deaths have been reported on account of the widespread storm. All deaths have been reported in Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Texas.
Meanwhile, a storm developed in North Carolina that killed three and left ten people injured on Tuesday morning. State regulators said that rescues are underway. Furthermore, the NWS reported on Tuesday that more than 73 percent of the United States is now covered by snow.
The deadly winter storm has also expanded to central and northern parts of Mexico, where most of the people are dealing with the second day of unusual electricity cuts.
However, the electricity utility of Mexico has started rotating power cuts in around twelve states, which adds the capital (Mexico City). Plus, frigid pipelines have even disturbed natural gas supply in the United States.
Power conserved for hospitals, police, and fire stations
Joe Biden, the current president of the United States, has imposed a state of emergency in the region. The massive need for power in Texas has created the electricity grid to fail. Moreover, rotating power shutdowns have been imposed in many regions to save electricity for police, fire stations, and hospitals, which lead to 4.3 million Americans without power.
On Sunday, the situation had turned out more tough after nearly half the Texas’ wind power generation was disturbed by the heavy storm. Wind electricity generation is considered the second biggest source of power in the state.
The white roads, snowy roads, have also created a high possibility of traffic mishaps, and the state orders its residents to say no to traveling. In just one day, on Sunday, in Houston, around 120 road accidents were claimed.