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US winter storms and Texas power outages: Live updates

February 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A deadly winter storm that severely strained power facilities in Texas has now left millions in the state under boil-water advisories as water scarcity continues. Follow here for the latest forecasts and live updates.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, known as ERCOT, said in a tweet this morning that the “grid operator expects to come out of emergency conditions later today. ”

ERCOT, which operates about 90% of Texas’ power grid, has come under fire for alleged failures to prepare the state for the winter storm that left millions without power in the state this week.

As the impact of a winter storm continues to hit millions of Texans, many are still without power, food, or water.

Unprecedented winter storms blanketed Texas, causing bitter cold temperatures and widespread power outages throughout much of the state.

While much of the power in the state has been restored, residents continue to face freezing temperatures and water shortages due to overwhelmed water systems and leaks caused by frozen pipes.

Bill Magness, president and CEO of ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, defended the actions of the nonprofit corporation that manages most of the state’s power grid after more than four million Texans lost power during a devastating winter storm.

After millions of homes and businesses lost power for several days in Texas, nearly half of the state’s residents are now dealing with water disruptions, including boil water advisories, broken pipes, and offline treatment plants.

If anything, I’ve had staff there from the pandemic as we were in the process of opening many community vaccine centers across many states,” Fenton said, adding that they’re “still hopeful” they’ll be able to set up three community vaccine centers in Houston, Dallas and Arlington next week.

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