Millions of Americans Are Without Power After the Massive Snow Storm
The massive snowstorm that swept over the US has left millions without power in Texas, according to NPR.
The National Weather Service is tracking temperatures ranging from -5 to 3 degrees are expected in North and Central Texas until at least noon on Tuesday. Amidst the frigid temperatures and snowfall, the power grid in Texas failed resulting in 4.4 million without power.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed the National Guard to assist individuals to heating centers. Furthermore, state agencies are sending additional resources and personnel to help clear roads. "The state has also deployed resources to assist Texans without power and to help essential workers continue to carry out their jobs," Abbott said. "In the meantime, I encourage all Texans to continue to stay off the roads, and conserve energy as state agencies work with private providers to restore power as quickly as possible."
Energy officials had scheduled rolling blackouts on Monday to conserve energy in the state for Tuesday. However, these attempts failed and many still have yet to receive power midday Tuesday.
The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas reported that the power grid lost 34,000 megawatts of power. Frozen wind turbines and limited gas supply exacerbated the losses. On Monday afternoon, the organization reported that it was restoring "enough power to serve 500,000 households." On Tuesday it added: "We should be able to restore some customers this afternoon due to additional wind & solar output, & additional thermal generation that has told us they expect to become available. But, the amount we restore will depend on how much generation is actually able to come online."
The outages also affected individuals in northern Mexico.