Millions without power in Texas after historic snowstorm

  • Millions without power in Texas after historic snowstorm

Millions without power in Texas after historic snowstorm

Although the most intense winter weather may not occur until Sunday and Monday, conservation measures are needed now to ease the situation. A pile-up on a major highway near Oklahoma City during a snowstorm on Sunday left several lorries on fire.

For the first time all 254 counties are under a winter storm warning, while 1,600 flights have been cancelled. In Houston, Texas, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the city's Hobby Airport were both closed until at least Tuesday.

Temperatures have plummeted because of an "Arctic outbreak" which started in Canada, but has been pulled down the country by weather systems.

"Hundreds of daily low maximum and minimum temperatures have been/will be broken during this prolonged 'polar plunge, ' with some February and even all-time low temperature records in jeopardy".

"Typically, we just don't have quite this much cold air in place that far south", he said. The state is also suffering power cuts and traffic disruption. The Dallas Morning News reports that areas northwest of the city could see as much as 10 inches of accumulation.

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the White House has issued a Federal Emergency Declaration for Texas in response to the severe winter weather throughout the state.

The state of Texas is reeling under a deep freeze, leaving utilities scrambling to meet record power demand and forcing the state's grid operator to enforce rotating blackouts early on Monday.

Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Saturday in nine counties due to the severe winter weather that resulted in heavy snow and ice accumulation, high winds, critical transportation failures, and loss of power and communications capabilities.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 150 million people across the country - a number that represents half of the USA population - are now under winter weather advisories, most of which will remain in effect well into Tuesday. Wind generation ranks as the second-largest source of electricity in Texas, accounting for 23% of state power supplies, ERCOT estimates.

Ercot also issued a level-three energy emergency alert, urging consumers to reduce electricity use.