A US power grid operator is shutting down nearly 3 million customers temporarily to prevent uncontrolled power outages, while there is a record demand for electricity due to the cold.
Take turns for power
The network operator takes turns cutting off the supply to clients. The authorities call to reduce energy consumption. Because of the cold, not all fuels can be used for generators. Due to bad weather, wind energy production has nearly halved.
The cold has also affected the energy industry in Texas, which is by far the largest producer of crude oil in the country. For example, oil refineries had to be closed.
Since then, National Guard personnel, reservists in the United States Army, have been deployed to transport elderly residents to shelters.
In a statement yesterday, Gov. Greg Abbott said they are helping local government agencies move residents to 135 cold-weather shelters set up in the second-largest state in the United States.
This wintry weather with temperatures as low as -12 degrees Celsius is very exceptional for Texas, which has a maritime climate with warm summers and mild winters.
The average temperature in February is usually around 17 degrees. The temperature is expected Starting on Wednesday Rise again.
US President Biden has declared a state of emergency for Texas to allow aid after taking temperatures from -2 to -22 degrees Celsius.
With Texas, much of the United States was in the midst of winter. There was also a blackout in Louisiana, which borders Texas.