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Texas power grid was "seconds or minutes" away from catastrophic failure, officials say

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A vehicle navigates around a downed tree along Green Valley Road, as the area continues to deal with the fall out from winter weather on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Huntington.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas officials said the state's power grid was “seconds or minutes” away from catastrophic failure and a complete blackout if not for controlled outages implemented early Monday morning.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas officials said the state's power grid was “seconds or minutes” away from catastrophic failure and a complete blackout if not for controlled outages implemented early Monday morning.

The US will need to work double time to make up for Covid-19 vaccine delays due to winter storms, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Thursday.

Fauci, who is medical adviser to the White House and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the US will have to try to make up for the delays as soon as the weather allows.

“We're just going to have to make up for it as soon as the weather lifts a bit, the ice melts and we can get the trucks out, and the people out and getting the vaccine into people's arms,” he said.

FedEx tells CNN that coronavirus vaccine deliveries are getting priority – and it is working with those waiting on shipments – but "prolonged severe weather is continuing to impact much of the FedEx network. "

On Wednesday, FEMA said the weather was having “limited impacts” on vaccine shipments in some states – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana.

After a historic blast of arctic air, unusual southern snow and a series of crippling ice stormsacross much of the nation, weather models are hinting at a dramatic shift to warmer temperatures for millions of people over the next seven to 10 days.

The city is under a winter weather advisory into Friday, with an expected storm snow total of 4 to 8 inches.

Texas’ power grid failure in the face of extreme winter conditions had led to cascading effects, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Thursday.

ERCOT — the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, an independent organization that operates Texas' power grid — has reported that more power plants were coming online and generating power but impacts of the power outage over multiple days persist, Hidalgo said.

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