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Dozens die as historic frigid blast knocks out power in Texas

Dozens die as historic frigid blast knocks out power in Texas”

"In Texas, you have an example of what happens when a state is governed by those who do not believe in government, to begin with", O'Rourke noted.

At present some 504,000 Texas households were without power, down from around 2.7 million on Wednesday, according to poweroutage.us, a website that tracks outages. "Every source of power the state of Texas has access to has been compromised because of the ultra-cold temperature or because of the equipment failures", he said.

Cities and towns across the state have issued notices to boil water, citing decreased pressure in their water systems mostly due to pipes freezing and bursting.

The experts' comments come as some Texans impacted by the storm are beginning to recover, and others are still without power and safe water.

Compounding the problem was the fact that much of Texas was still experiencing cold weather and snowstorms Thursday, part of a havoc-inducing bout of winter weather that also prompted winter storm warnings in parts of New York, New Jersey and CT through Friday night.

A police officer checks on residents in Wylie, Texas Thursday, February, 18, 2021. This transition must be managed thoughtfully and responsibly; rolling blackouts in California this summer and ongoing uncontrolled blackouts on the Texas grid tell us it isn't.

Across Texas, which has been hardest hit by the cold snap, utility companies were gradually restoring power though more than 500,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity yesterday morning.

Only in a crisis do most Americans pay attention to the reliability of the nation's electricity grid.

"All of us agree on the necessity of action", Abbott told reporters.

Allan Woodson rests in a warming shelter Thursday at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in downtown Austin Texas on Feb. 18 2021

While welcoming the progress, other leaders in Texas warned that the state's energy grid would remain extremely "fragile" for a few days and that the cold weather that created the problems would stick around through the weekend.

The extreme weather across much of the United States this week again demonstrated "climate change is real, and it's happening now". Crews were pumping water to refill city tanks but faced a shortage of chemicals to treat the water, she said. "We have allowed money and greed to dictate our approach to public power in Texas". "And the infrastructure is not built to withstand these extreme conditions".

Biden would lead an effort to "strengthen and harden our critical infrastructure so that it can be prepared to meet a full spectrum of challenges that we're likely to face", Sherwood-Randall added. It did not provide figures.

"I don't have anything to preview for you, other than to convey that our focus is on the emergency at hand", Psaki responded.

In the Houston area, a family died from carbon monoxide as their auto idled in their garage.

The National Weather Service said the storm was moving across several states on a 2,300-kilometer (1,430-mile) track to the Northeast, with 38 centimeters (15 inches) of snow on the ground in the state of Arkansas, which is northeast of Texas, heavy snow and ice farther north through the Appalachian Mountains and up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) of snow predicted Thursday and Friday in the NY metropolitan region. The Texas Senate starts their inquiry next week. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has also come under fire after Fox News reported on Thursday that he flew to the Mexican resort city of Cancun with his family, despite the storm's fallout.

The senator, in a statement released Thursday, acknowledged the suffering Texans were experiencing, noting, "Our homes are freezing and our lights are out". Many school systems delayed or cancelled face-to-face classes.

Meanwhile, people were coping the best they could.

Federal emergency officials 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.

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