On Monday, a rare deep freeze in Texas that increased power demand forced the electric grid operator of the state to enforce rotating blackouts. This situation has left 4 million customers with no power even as temperatures fell to rates of teeth-chattering.
The deep freeze sweeping Texas also hit the northern part of neighboring Mexico. In Mexico, 4.7 million users lost electricity early on Monday, authorities said. Almost 2.6 million of them were returned to service during noon.
Around 8:30 p.m., the PowerOutage.us website, which monitors power outages, said 4,088,064 Texas customers experienced outages.
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On Monday, President Joe Biden declared an emergency, unlocking federal aid to Texas. Here, temperatures ranged from 28 to minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 2 to minus 22 Celsius).
“The Texas power grid has not been compromised. The ability of some companies that generate the power has been frozen. They are working to get generation back on the line”. Governor Greg Abbott wrote on Twitter.
To aid in the rehabilitation of electricity, Abbott also mobilized the National Guard statewide.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston said it would stay shut until at least 1 p.m. On Tuesday, CST (1900 GMT), while the city’s Hobby Airport ceased operations due to the inclement weather until at least noon on Tuesday.
The freeze also impacted the state’s energy industry, by far the largest crude producer in the world, shutting down oil refineries and imposing restrictions on operators of natural gas pipelines.
Other than Texas, over the three-day Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, much of the United States was also having bone-chilling temperatures.
With severe winter storm alerts announced for much of the Gulf Coast region, Oklahoma and Missouri, the National Weather Service (NWS) said an Arctic air mass had extended southward, even beyond areas prone to freezing weather.
Some parishes placed curfews in Louisiana, where freezing temperatures have caused rolling blackouts and road closures. It is held to keep people off the road. On Monday night, about 110,000 homes and businesses have been without electricity.
In response to a winter record of 69,150 megawatts on Sunday night, more than 3,200 MW larger than the previous winter peak in January 2018, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) tried to cut power usage.