Reeling from a brutal storm, Texas now faces water shortage

Americans burn furniture for heating as power outages rock Texas

Millions of Texans must boil water, hundreds of thousands still without power due to winter storm

It would also reduce reliance on oil pipelines, such as Line 3, that shuttle dirty energy sources across the US and cause massive environmental justice hazards.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran has declared a public health emergency for the state of Texas due to the winter storms, with actions and flexibilities retroactive to February 11. "We're to the point in the load restoration where we are allowing transmission owners to bring back any load they can related to this load shed event", Woodfin said. But Texas' grid manager, under fire for its response to the winter storm, has warned that the outages could fluctuate during hours of peak energy demand.

The snow and ice moved into the Appalachians, northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, and later into the north-east as the extreme weather was blamed for the deaths of at least 56 people. In the Houston area, The Associated Press reported, one family died from carbon monoxide poisoning from auto exhaust in their garage, while a grandmother and three children were killed by flames that escaped the fireplace they were using to keep warm.

Weather-related outages have been particularly stubborn in OR, where some customers have been without power for nearly a week.

While wind generation has faltered there too and natural gas supplies have also gone to meet home heating needs, coal capacity has picked up the slack, shouldering more than 50% of demand when it was needed most.

The Texas grid was "seconds and minutes" away from a catastrophic failure that could have caused uncontrolled blackouts for months, said officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the power grid for 90% of the state.

Dashawn Walker, 33, was thrilled to find the power back on in his Dallas apartment.

But in the meantime, millions of Texans were left without power or running water in the wake of the storm.

"It's insane", Walker said.

Statewide, water pressure has fallen because of frozen lines, Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott went on Sean Hannity to say, "this shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America".

The outages in and around Portland, Oregon, affected almost 150,000 customers almost a week after a massive snow and ice storm toppled many trees and took out hundreds of miles of power lines.

A Federal investigation will be getting underway, and FERC Chairman Rich Glick says Texas should rethink its solo approach to the electrical grid. At the peak of the storm, more than 350,000 customers in the Portland area were in the dark, and more than 100,000 OR customers remained without power Thursday.

"ERCOT was able to direct utilities to restore 600,000 households last night".

Utilities from Minnesota to Texas used rolling blackouts to ease strained power grids. Wind turbines froze as well, but were only responsible for half the number of outages as fossil fuel sources, according to the director of Ercot, the operator of the state power grid. Furthermore, Michael Webber, an energy resources professor at the University of Texas at Austin, told The Texas Tribune that "Texas is a gas state..."

A historic winter weather system that brought bitter, record-busting cold to much of the southern and central United States was pushing up the East Coast yesterday, with forecasters warning of heavy snowfall and unsafe, icy build-ups. For others, it meant no water at all.

FEMA sent generators to support water treatment plants, hospitals and nursing homes in Texas, along with thousands of blankets and ready-to-eat meals, officials said.

And in Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said most of the city of about 150,000 was without water Thursday night.

Cruz explained that he took a commercial flight to the sunny beach resort south of the border at the request of his daughters because school had been canceled. A woman and her three grandchildren were killed in a fire that authorities said might have been caused by a fireplace they were using.

Besides the fact that none of this really matters until the crisis is past and Texans once again have heat and water in their homes, it is also not quite right. "We never imagined a day where hospitals wouldn't have water", Meszaros said.

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