In Texas, an extremely severe winter storm led to millions of customers without power in the region due to harshly low temperature.
On Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Harry County Sheriff’s Department described that a poor homeless person living in a vehicle has passed away due to intolerable cold temperature.
City of Kyle is asking that all water use be suspended until further notice.
Due to a loss of power at @GBRATX and locally, we are close to running out of water supply in #KyleTX.
Power outages will continue in the area. For info and updates, visit https://t.co/oseG3kNwnH pic.twitter.com/Lp3ceYkWTY
— City of Kyle (@CityofKyleTX) February 15, 2021
Simultaneously, officials from the fire department in Harris County explained that they were dealing with a case in Houston, where 6 people in a house, including four kids, had been poisoned by carbon monoxide. Moreover, regulators said that the people of the house had been burning the fire for around four hours to resist dangerously cold temperature.
Crews are responding to a multi-person carbon monoxide poisoning in the 8500 block of Easton Commons Dr. in Houston.
6 patients, including 4 children are being transported for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Please remember to never heat your home with a grill or oven.#hounews pic.twitter.com/IY516e5m7Z
— Cy-Fair Fire Department (@cyfairfd) February 15, 2021
On Saturday, Greg Abbott (Gov. of Texas) said that Texas state is dealing with a severe winter storm for the upcoming days that will make movement virtually impossible. He mentioned the current situation of the state is unprecedented when compared to the state’s history.
A weather forecast website (WeatherWX) said that North Texas’ temperature remained zero, and Amarillo’s climate remained minus seven degrees as of Monday morning. Furthermore, Houston had touched 20 degrees, and Dallas reached 10 degrees.
Last Monday morning, rotating power outages were started by ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas), which suggested that thousands faced electricity cuts for passages of time when the temperature plunged into the 20s around Houston and teens near Dallas.
Outages would be longer than usual ones
Austin Energy (Austin’s electric utility) described that the people of the region would face the outages, which could be longer than regular. On Twitter, Austin Entergy wrote that typical events permit short durations of each outage, but outages are lengthier if the ERCOT grid demands, which is what we are observing in today’s event.
Austin Energy even said that the people of the state must keep their thermostat at 68 degrees and prevent using other electric machines like ovens or washing machines.
⏲️Typical events allow short durations of each outage, but outages are longer if the ERCOT grid requires — which is what we’re seeing in today’s event.
— Austin Energy (@austinenergy) February 15, 2021
Besides this, people got frustrated and started releasing their frustration on social media platforms. One of them wrote that his parents have been without power since 2 AM, and they are over 70 years old. He concluded his statement by saying how he can get them some power?