Millions are still without power as winter storms continue

  • Millions are still without power as winter storms continue

Millions are still without power as winter storms continue

National Weather Service issues a winter storm warning for more than 100 million Americans living from east Texas to the East Coast state of Maryland.

People wait in line to fill propane tanks Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Houston.

As millions of people across the United States continue to weather a deadly winter storm without power, forecasts predict ice and low temperatures could be ahead for some of the worst-hit states.

As of Wednesday, Magness said ERCOT could not offer a firm timetable for when power might be fully restored.

"Temperatures will still remain 20 to 35 degrees (Fahrenheit) below normal throughout the Plains, Mississippi Valley, and lower Great Lakes", the NWS said.

Bob Oravec, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service, said: "There's really no letup to some of the misery people are feeling across that area". The city of Abilene, northwest of Austin, received a record 14.8 inches of snow on Tuesday.

"There is ice everywhere", Nowell said, adding that she was frustrated by the lack of communication about rolling blackouts to conserve the power grid.

There have also been widespread water shortages in Texas and many residents have reported burst pipes in a state where they tend not to be insulated.

The worst US power outages were in Texas, affecting more than 2 million homes and businesses.

Brooke Chavez, the center's executive director, told the San Antonio Express-News that a chimpanzee, several monkeys, lemurs and tropical birds had perished.

"The crisis has shown us the mutual vulnerabilities of our power and natural gas systems to each other when we are so over-reliant on natural gas for our power and heating needs at the same time", Cohan said.

"Due to extremely cold temperatures over the last several days, the demand for electricity has reached an all-time high", the Entergy statement said. "They're suffering", he said.

But even staying home can be hazardous in places without power.

"As the extreme weather in Texas has shown, we can not take energy security for granted, even in a country like the United States", Mr Barkindo said. Nearly 200,000 are waiting for the restoration of power in the Pacific Northwest.

"So, you know, I think what this storm does is expose the vulnerabilities perhaps of all different kinds of power making generation on the system", Magness said.

The energy company published the locations of "warming centers" set up in local schools.

The winter weather that has overwhelmed power grids unprepared for climate change and left millions without electricity in record-breaking cold kept its grip on the nation's midsection Wednesday.

Cold and wintry weather is forecast to continue for at least the next few days in Texas and much of the eastern half of the United States.

"What we're encouraging governors and other partners to do is to extend hours once they're able to reopen".

Police in Houston say a woman and child died of carbon monoxide poisoning after they sat in a auto running in their garage, and authorities in Sugar Land said a grandmother and three children trying to heat their home died in a fire.

A 10-year-old boy died near Millington, Tennessee, after he fell through ice, and late Monday night, a tornado spawned by the storm hit Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, leaving three dead and 10 injured.

Across the southern border, Mexican officials said six people died after temperatures plunged.

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.