Biden considers Texas visit as it recovers from storm and blackouts

  • Biden considers Texas visit as it recovers from storm and blackouts

Biden considers Texas visit as it recovers from storm and blackouts

Another winter storm was bringing more ice and snow across much of the United States on Thursday as 1.1 million people remained without power, including about 500,000 in Texas, and President Joe Biden declared states of emergency and dispatched help to states crippled by the storms and power outages.

"The power grids on the east and to the west and that are in Texas were having similar issues", he said, rejecting Camerota's argument that nearby states did not end up with a bad situation like Texas. Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said during a Thursday news conference officials in the state capital have responded to "thousands" of burst pipes.

While ERCOT attempts to save face with angry and cold Texans who suffered widespread, days-long power outages that were only supposed to last for up to 45 minutes during record subzero temperatures, almost 12 million people in the Lone Star State are struggling with water problems such as lack of water, boil notices, and frozen pipes that suddenly burst, flooding their residences and businesses.

Almost seven million Texans were being advised to boil their water before drinking it or using it for cooking, Toby Baker, who heads the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said Wednesday, adding that almost 264,000 people were impacted by non-operational water systems.

As of Friday evening, there were about 137,000 homes without power reported across Texas.

Half the state's population was still be ordered to boil water to ensure it was safe.

According to PowerOutage.US, 674,000 customers in Texas were still without power by Thursday morning, the only one of the US's 48 continental states to have its own independent power grid. Magness said it could have taken months to restore.

And in Jackson, Mississippi, most of the city of about 161,000 had no running water.

The logo of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seen at its headquarters in Washington, DC. Ted Cruz. Nor does anyone at the White House, ' she said when asked if the president had a reaction to reports that Cruz had gone on vacation. They moved hundreds of cars through a line to put the water in trunks and truck beds.

Whether this winter storm becomes Texas' largest insured loss event ever, beating Harvey, or the wider impacts across multiple states become a double-digit billion industry loss event, there are going to be ramifications for the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market, in the form of some claims through reinsurance and retrocession layers. The site was expected to begin distribution on Friday at 11:30 a.m. local time.

"It's pretty much first come, first served", said Lopez, as he and a colleague manhandled a new water heater out of their van on Friday. One resident, Robert Neuman, told Houston ABC station KTRK that he has already made multiple trips, admitting he "wasn't prepared" for the storm. A woman and her three grandchildren were killed in a fire that authorities said might have been caused by a fireplace they were using.