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Texans face yet another day of misery as families struggle with unheated homes and water problems

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The misery for millions caused by unseasonably cold weather and widespread power outages in Texas is far from over as freezing temperatures are forecast again for Thursday.

(CNN)The misery for millions caused by unseasonably cold weather and widespread power outages in Texas is far from over as freezing temperatures are forecast again for Thursday.

However, officials with the agency responsible for most of the state's power system said the outlook was improving -- and outages had dropped by at least 20% late Wednesday, according to Poweroutage. us.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the target of much of the anger over the power collapse, said local utilities may be able to return to rotating outages instead of extended outages "by morning. "

Nearly seven million Texans were under boil-water notices Wednesday, according to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Toby Baker.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller pointed out the additional dangers the storm has wrought this week to the state's food supply, asking Gov. Greg Abbott to designate agriculture producers and processors as critical infrastructure to get power returned.

Gov. Abbott said Wednesday afternoon that he spoke with both the lieutenant governor and the state speaker, and that an investigation of ERCOT is slated to begin next week.

ERCOT said late Wednesday that 43,000 megawatts of generation were still offline, and of that, "26,500 MW is thermal and nearly 17,000 MW is wind and solar. "

While discussing Houston's severe weather conditions, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo told CNN's Don Lemon on Wednesday that state leaders have "failed" their constituents.

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