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Texas plunged into snow emergency as winter storm hits southern states

Texas plunged into snow emergency as winter storm hits southern states”

He called for an investigation into the the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot), an energy co-operative responsible for the vast majority of the state's electricity.

"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.

Winter storm watches were in effect from Baltimore to Boston, and Texas was braced for more icy rain and possibly more snow. The state opened 35 shelters to more than 1,000 occupants, the agency said.

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. 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. Oklahoma Gas & Electric urged users to set thermostats at 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), avoid using major electric appliances and turn off lights or appliances not in use.

Prater warned residents that over the last 24 hours emergency officials "have seen a striking increase in the number of cases related to improper heating sources" ranging from indoor use of generators, charcoal grills, camp fire stoves and other devices that are being used to warm homes.

The Times article argues that because the planet is warming, extreme cold weather could lessen over time.

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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.

People wait in a long line to buy groceries during the extreme cold snap.

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 winter storm spawned at least four tornadoes, according to Atlanta-based weather.com, including one in coastal North Carolina late Monday that killed at least three people and injured 10 more. "This does not happen very often", she said in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition. In Oregon, authorities confirmed Tuesday that four people died in the Portland area of carbon monoxide poisoning. Worth and Austin, which resulted in at least six deaths.

Other Texas deaths included a woman and a girl who died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in Houston at a home without electricity from a vehicle left running in an attached garage, and two men found along Houston-area roadways who likely died in subfreezing temperatures, law enforcement officials said. In Minnesota, the Chisholm-Hibbing weather station registered -39C (-38F), while Sioux Falls, South Dakota temperatures dropped to -32C (-26F).

At midday, more than 2,700 USA flights had been cancelled, led by more than 800 at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and more than 700 at Bush Intercontinental in Houston. But as climate change accelerates, many electric grids will face novel and extreme weather events that go beyond the historical conditions those grids were designed for, putting the systems at risk of catastrophic failure.



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