Houston, Texas freeze coverage: Power and water outages, forecast


HOUSTON — The KHOU 11 staff is monitoring the potential for extra winter climate this week. We’re additionally monitoring tens of millions nonetheless with out energy statewide and very low water strain — together with some who haven’t any water in any respect.

A second Winter Storm Warning was issued for the northern and central areas of southeast Texas from now by way of 6 a.m. Thursday. Our staff of skilled KHOU 11 meteorologists is monitoring the winter storm across the clock.


Wednesday updates

6:30 a.m. – The City of Sugar Land has now additionally issued a boil water discover for some residents. “Due to extremely low temperatures, increased demand, and prolonged power outages to critical city infrastructure, the City of Sugar Land is issuing a boil water notice for customers of its Greatwood Water System, effective immediately. The notice calls for all Greatwood customers to boil their water prior to consumption when the water pressure drops below 20 psi.”  Read more from Sugar Land here. Residents throughout Southeast Texas are being requested to preserve their water and electrical use. View the listing of water boil notices right here.

6:20 a.m. – Important update from Harris County: “Nearly all parts of the county are experiencing low water pressure – or have none at all. Water utilities are struggling to operate in light of the state power issues. This will not improve until more power is restored.”

5:50 a.m. – from ERCOT – an replace on statewide electrical service: “Some generation is slowly returning. ERCOT was able to direct utilities to restore 600,000 households last night. 2.7 million households still do not have power.”

5:40 a.m. – The City of Sugar Land confirms I-69/the Southwest Freeway has reopened. People are nonetheless suggested to remain house, if attainable. We have extra chilly rain sweeping by way of Houston with icy situations seemingly north of city.

4:35 a.m. – The City of Katy has now additionally issued a boil water discover. Read more from Katy here. Residents throughout Southeast Texas are being requested to preserve their water and electrical use. View the listing of water boil notices right here.

4:20 a.m. – From the Harris County Sheriff’s Office simply now: “We are unable to receive calls on our non-emergency line (713-221-6000). We are working with AT&T to resolve the issue. If you have an emergency, please call 911.” 

4 a.m. – KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft says there may be some excellent news for the fast Houston space this morning the place temperatures remained too heat for any extra ice accumulation. Areas north of city, like Conroe over to Brenham and College Station, may get some icing, nonetheless. Another spherical of wintry climate is sweeping by way of the state – in Houston, it will seemingly imply chilly rain later as we speak however no extra sleet, ice or snow, which is nice information for our highway situations. Watch the forecast right here.

3 a.m. – The City of Webster has now additionally issued a boil water discover. Residents throughout Southeast Texas are being requested to preserve their water and electrical use. View the listing of water boil notices right here.

1:30 a.m. – The City of Galveston issued a boil water discover.

“Below freezing temperatures over the last two days caused water line breaks in homes and businesses to occur throughout the city, putting increased demand on the infrastructure and water supply system,” town mentioned in a launch.

Tuesday updates

8:36 p.m. – The City of Houston has requested residents to solely use water for well being and security functions.

The name comes as residents throughout the area have been experiencing low water strain and even no water for the final day or so.

Several cities have issued boil water notices.

8:20 p.m. – The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office studies roughly 300 carbon monoxide associated incidents. There have been roughly 100 within the City of Houston, 100 in Harris County and about 100 hospital walk-ups. They say this can be a low estimate as a result of they don’t essentially get known as to CO incidents.

RELATED: What is carbon monoxide poisoning?

7:10 p.m. – From Houston Office of Emergency Management: “Please do NOT drip faucets, this will cause lower water pressure. Houston’s water system is different than other systems in that we don’t use water towers to provide pressure to the system. We use ground storage tanks and pumps. Some of this equipment is damaged by the weather.”

6:00 p.m. – CenterPoint mentioned ERCOT has directed them to once more scale back electrical system load. Customers ought to make preparations now for attainable further outages. They added they stand prepared to revive energy as soon as there may be adequate provide to take action. 

5:54 p.m. – Fort Bend County Judge KP George mentioned a lot of our native cities, water districts, and others in county will probably be issuing boil water notices for our residents. He ask that residents please observe these severely. 

5:48 p.m. – The City of Sugar Land mentioned there aren’t any plans to close off our water provide. This rumor being circulated is fake.  

5:45: p.m. – METRO service suspension will proceed by way of Wednesday.

5:20 p.m. – The City of Pearland has issued a boil water notice for all City of Pearland water prospects resulting from low water strain/lack of energy at Water Production amenities.  

5:15 p.m. – Santa Fe police verify they responded to a few deaths that seem like associated to the chilly. The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they responded to 6 deaths that seem like associated to the chilly.

4:25 p.m. – Hobby Airport has reopened. Contact your airline for the present standing of your flight. Departures curbside lanes are closed right now so all site visitors will probably be routed to the arrivals curbside. Terminal garages and Eco Park are open. Bush IAH says they’re going to reopen after 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

2:51 p.m. – With practically 4 million Texans with out energy due to the winter storm that slammed Texas, demand for power is traditionally excessive. The demand has exceeded the availability the state has to supply. As a consequence, the Public Utility Commission of Texas held an emergency meeting on Monday the place officers launched an order that will alter power costs, based on KVUE, our sister station in Austin. Read extra.

2:00 p.m. – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says there isn’t any boil water notice right now. He defined town is above the required strain and will proceed to watch conditions additional.

The mayor pleaded with residents to stay off the roads this evening with freezing precipitation forecasted for the world tonight and the morning.

12:49 p.m. – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he as requested Downtown Houston Management District buildings that aren’t being occupied to please lower off their lights and preserve power. He added that we can’t lower all energy off as people are staying in motels and about 800 persons are staying within the GRB.




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