The wind turbines that supply Texas with electricity were frozen due to the cold, leaving millions of people living in the blackout and 21 deaths.
Texas officials have been criticized for the persistent blackouts when the mild-climate state suffered an unusually cold spell. Low temperatures spiked demand for electricity, but the energy companies were unable to respond because the wind turbines were frozen due to extreme weather in West Texas.
At least 21 people died in Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Missouri, of which at least 4 died in a home fire in SugarLand, Texas, where the power was lost.
President Joe Biden pledged to the governors of the affected states that the federal government would provide emergency relief. In a news conference on Feb. 16, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said 1.3 million city residents still live in power outages. The city is looking for places with electricity that are open to warm people.
“It is paramount to get the power back up as quickly as possible. It’s the number one priority,” Turner said.
Officials in southern Texas warned residents not to bring gas heaters into their homes. Many people are hospitalized with CO poisoning when trying to heat their home with this device.
A storm carrying snow and ice raged from Ohio to Rio Grandethrough during the weekend. Dangerous weather is expected to continue covering much of the United States until February 19. Meteorologists expect snow to fall as thick as 10 cm from the plains of the south to the northeast of the United States.
Meteorologist Lara Paganoof of the National Weather Service’s Forecasting Center in College Park, Maryland, said cold arctic air overflowed in the United States, pushing the temperature to its lowest level. history on February 16. Lincoln City, Nebraska, recorded a temperature of -31 degrees Celsius, breaking a record -27 degrees C in 1978.
Hong Hanh (Follow Reuters)