Texans continue to shiver in cold blast as electricity could not be restored to millions in a historic winter storm that has claimed 21 lives so far.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot), an energy cooperative responsible for 90 percent of the state’s electricity, could not restore power till Wednesday morning.
The weather experts say the cold is not expected to let up until the weekend. Due to severe cold, COVID-19 inoculation drive has been halted as centers are closed and vaccine supplies hindered.
The storm has knocked about a third of the state’s generating capacity offline. More than four million people were without power as of late Tuesday, including 1.4 million people in the Houston metropolitan area. A quarter of homes in Dallas were dark.
President Joe Biden assured the governors of states hit hard by storms that the federal government stands ready to offer any emergency resources needed, the White House said in a statement.
Storms dumped snow and ice from Ohio to the Rio Grande through the long Presidents Day holiday weekend, and treacherous weather was expected to grip much of the United States through Friday.