At least 11 people died as a “unprecedented” snow storm began to pummelled most of the United States, while Texas left more than 4 million people without electricity in the midst of subfreezing temperatures.
A 78-year-old man froze to death in San Antonio after falling on his front lawn and being trapped for two hours in the cold weather, KENS posted.
A woman and a girl in Houston who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning were also killed when they sat in an attached garage while a car was running because their home had no heat, KHOU reported.
In that incident, a man and a boy from the same family were hospitalised.
As the mercury plummeted to single digits, many were left without heat and the electrical grid of the Lone Star State suffered a disastrous failure Monday because of the snow, ice and frigid temperatures, the Houston Chronicle reported.
In response to a winter record of 69,150 megawatts on Sunday evening, more than 3,200 MW higher than the previous winter peak in January 2018, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) was also forced to cut electricity.
At the highest point, about 10,500 MW of client load was shed, enough power to serve approximately 2 million homes, it said.
Furthermore, on Sunday, the storms knocked out almost half the state’s wind power generation potential. ERCOT reports that wind energy ranks as Texas’ second-largest electricity source, accounting for 23 percent of state power supplies.
Jackie Sargent, general manager of Austin Energy, said late Monday that the local power outages could last until Tuesday afternoon, based on ERCOT details.
Meanwhile, as the power outages spread throughout the state, Texas lawmakers and political groups took the chance to discuss energy policy.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Republicans in the state, who were key players in the drive to preserve fossil fuels, were swift to support the need for oil and gas.
The news outlet confirmed that some Texas Democrats have been backing green solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the country. In a statement, the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation thanked “affordable and reliable” fossil fuels for keeping individuals warm.