Millions of persons are with out energy as Texas faces one of the worst storms in its historical past, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo instructed CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”
“We’re seeing, basically, the winter version of Hurricane Harvey,” Hidalgo mentioned. “It’s an incredibly tragic situation”
More than a dozen folks in Texas have died because of publicity to parts and a number of other have died because of carbon monoxide poisoning, Hidalgo mentioned. She mentioned that because of energy outages, folks have tried to run warmth from their automobiles of their garages, which she mentioned has contributed to the greater than 300 calls about carbon monoxide poisoning the county acquired.
More than 4 million Texas residents do not have energy after a historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures, in keeping with reports. The freezing temperatures created elevated demand for electrical energy that, together with temperatures, collapsed the state’s energy grid and triggered widespread blackouts. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has already referred to as for an investigation of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s energy grid.
Authorities are telling residents to boil their water as potential widespread water outages are additionally anticipated to return. The state expects to face continued freezing temperatures in the subsequent couple of days.
The breakdown sparked rising outrage and calls for from Texas residents. Hidalgo mentioned regional counties have not acquired solutions from state officers about when residents can anticipate energy.
“The challenge is I can’t tell my residents that the power is going to come back anytime soon because the state agency does not have any clear plan as to when exactly they will have that generation — that production,” Hidalgo mentioned, referring to energy restoration. “A lot of this is a man-made disaster because of that state agency.”
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