Here are things to know for Thursday, Feb. 18:
Millions of Americans endured one other frigid day with out electrical energy or warmth within the aftermath of a lethal winter storm as utility crews raced to restore energy earlier than one other blast of snow and ice sowed extra chaos in locations least geared up to take care of it.
Nearly 3.4 million clients across the U.S. have been nonetheless with out electrical energy, and a few additionally lost water service. Texas officers ordered 7 million individuals — 1 / 4 of the inhabitants of the nation’s second-largest state — to boil faucet water earlier than ingesting it following days of document low temperatures that broken infrastructure and froze pipes.
The newest storm entrance was sure to complicate recovery efforts, particularly in states which might be unaccustomed to such climate — components of Texas, Arkansas and the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Local firefighters have been responding to a number of dwelling and condominium fires as thousands and thousands go with out electrical energy and warmth for days.
On Monday, there was an condominium hearth that left 80 residents displaced and two different home fires, one being deadly.
Due to the climate and energy outages, many cities are experiencing low water strain, making it harder for firefighters to battle the fires.
With thousands and thousands of Texas residents nonetheless with out energy amid frigid temperatures, conservative commentators have falsely claimed that wind generators and photo voltaic power have been primarily to blame.
“We should never build another wind turbine in Texas,” learn a Tuesday Facebook publish from Texas Agriculture (*18*) Sid Miller. “The experiment failed big time.”
(*5*) tweeted U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, on Tuesday.
In actuality, failures in pure gasoline, coal and nuclear power techniques have been accountable for practically twice as many outages as frozen wind generators and photo voltaic panels, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s energy grid, stated in a press convention Tuesday.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas stated progress is being made at restoring energy to the thousands and thousands of Texans who’ve been within the chilly in darkish for three days.
ERCOT officers stated about 8,000 megawatts of the facility lacking from grid was restored Wednesday, which equates to sufficient power for 1.6 million houses. More energy vegetation have additionally come on-line, which has allowed the company to restore about 1,000 megawatts per hour.
“We’re at a point in the restoration where we’re going to keep energizing circuits as fast as we safely can until we run out of available generation,” stated ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin. “We hope to make significant progress overnight.”
Contending with frigid winter climate and persevering with energy outages, Houston residents Wednesday have been warned to boil their water — if they’d the facility to do so– after water strain plummeted all through the Houston-area.
City officers urged residents to preserve water whereas crews work to restore service.
“Use water for critical uses only,” stated Carol Haddock, director of public works. “Do not run dishwashers or washing machines or use water outside your home.”
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