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Texas grid operators say electrical system back to normal

Texas grid operators say electrical system back to normal”

The snow and ice moved into the Appalachians, northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, and later the Northeast as the extreme weather was blamed for the deaths of at least 58 people, including a Tennessee farmer trying to save two calves that apparently wandered into a frozen pond and 17-year-old Oklahoma girl who fell into a frozen pond.

On top of the general stress of the situation, several tragedies were reported as well, including the death of a family who were trying to keep warm in a vehicle left running inside a Houston garage.

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

Utilities from Minnesota to Texas used rolling blackouts to ease strained power grids.

While Texas is the hardest-hit state, more than 330,000 people from Virginia to Louisiana were without power.

He said Friday that he will soon declare a major disaster in the state of Texas and that he has asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the suffering.

The power outages affected the capability to provide safe drinking water for thousands of Houstonians.

He tweeted a photo of himself on the phone with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas.

The city was providing water for flushing toilets and drinking, but residents had to drive to pick it up - leaving elderly and those living on icy roads vulnerable.

Water infrastructure across the state burst as water turned to ice during the storm. Abbott urged residents to shut off water to prevent more busted pipes and preserve municipal system pressure.

According to a memo from the White House, Biden conveyed his support to Texans during this time.

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State officials told residents to use bottled water or boil tap water before drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, and washing hands.

Beyond permitting only 94 of the state's 600 facilities to participate in the virtual meeting centered on preparing for winter, ERCOT also did not require any plants to adapt their protocols for the colder months, instead just offering a list of suggested guidance for plant operators to follow voluntarily. The Texas Restaurant Association was coordinating food donations to hospitals.

While much of the state has seen its power restored, AP reported that 190,000 homes and businesses were still without power in the state Friday morning.

The scale of the impacts and the wide-spread footprint of this extreme winter weather event is likely to drive the ultimate insurance market loss even higher, and Texas looks set to be the main location for a concentration of claims.

"The water came on for a slight moment I believe on Thursday".

In Texas, more than 300 flights in and out of Dallas and Houston were canceled Friday, according to flightaware.com.

Emergency equipment given to Texas by FEMA has reportedly been holed up at a staging area in Fort Worth since Thursday. "They said five days before the winter storm hit, ERCOT assured [us] that, quote, we are ready for the cold temperatures coming our way".

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

But she and some other doctors in Texas saying they have never experienced a more harrowing week than this one.

Water is loaded into the trunk of a vehicle at a City of Houston water distribution site, February 19, 2021, in Houston.

The extreme winter weather has left at least 38 dead nationwide and almost 72 percent of the USA with snowfall.



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