February 19, 2021, 5:13 pm
The governor of Texas says about 165,000 homes have no electricity
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that about 165,000 households in the state have no electricity due to power line interruptions or residents needing to manually reconnect to the power system.
Abbott said: “Because there is no electricity generation, no more residents will have power outages.”
The governor said: “For those who still have no electricity, we want them to know that local suppliers are working around the clock to restore electricity.”
Abbott said officials are also focusing on restoring access to clean water. The governor said that a broken water pipe may be the biggest challenge facing Texans next week.
Abbott urges homeowners and tenants to contact insurance companies as soon as possible to understand the property damage caused by bad weather for a week. After President Biden is over, people without insurance can seek help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.For the country.
3:58 PM / February 19, 2021
Texans without access to water or shelters face another enemy: price fraud
Texas officials called on residents to report price fraud.
The chief civil attorney of Texas’s largest county, Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee and Harris County Judge Linda Hidalgo, said residents in the Houston area have been concerned about bottled water and hotel rooms. A complaint was filed for excessive prices.
Hidalgo said at a press conference: “We have seen some anecdotal evidence that the prices of necessities such as food and water are too high, which is basically a price fraud.”
“Is this a surge in the prices of basic necessities? Has Airbnb been released for a nightly price of $1,000? We can’t imagine anything more cruel than taking advantage of the people who are suffering in this disaster and have been suffering for several days? Hidalgo added that he urged residents to report abuse.
February 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised $1 million for Texans
Congresswoman Alexander Ocasio Cortez is from New York, but this week she will focus on Texas. She said that Ocasio-Cortez (Ocasio-Cortez) responded to the dire situation in the state and created a fundraising event that had raised $1 million as of Thursday.
Ocasio-Cortez (Ocasio-Cortez) said that 100% of the donation will be donated to The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, ending the Community Homeless Alliance, Family Pension, Houston Food Bank and Texas Feeding Association.
1:43 PM / February 19, 2021
Texas is just seconds away from power outages for months
Senior officials of the Texas State Power Grid said the system is only seconds away from shutting out residents for months.
The Texas Electric Reliability Council (Electric Reliability Council) was strongly criticized because about 4 million users were out of power this week. Board chairman and CEO Bill Magness told the Texas Tribune on Wednesday that the situation could be worse.
Magnese told the outlet that the grid operator took swift action to reduce the amount of electricity allocated on Monday-if not, Texas could suffer “a power outage that could happen in a matter of months” and plunge the state into” An uncertain long-term” crisis.
“It needs to be resolved immediately,” Magness said. “That’s a few seconds [from possible failure] Consider the power that the system is about to generate. “
1:04 PM / February 19, 2021
Frozen hydrant hinders firefighters
On Thursday night, San Antonio firefighters extinguished the fire in the apartment building without the help of a fire hydrant. The crew had to bring water to the scene, and the fire hydrant was frozen.
KENS-TV, a subsidiary of CBS, showed footage of a fire truck dumping water into a temporary swimming pool in a parking lot. Another truck will pump water from the pool into the hose.
Bexar-Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Bialick told WOAI-TV: “There is a fire hydrant in front of the building. It is frozen and stiff. The fire hydrants outside are not working and they are all blocked. frozen.”
Bialick told the station that firefighters will use thousands of gallons of water within minutes.
Neighbors told KENS-TV that the 130 residents of the building safely demolished it.
February 19, 2021 12:31 noon
Biden says he plans to visit Texas and declare a major disaster
President Biden said that he is making an important disaster statement for Texas, which will clear the way for more federal resources. He plans to visit the state when it does not interfere with disaster response.
The disaster declaration will free up more Federal Emergency Management Agency resources for Texas. The president said he will sign the emergency declaration for the state five days ago and sign the declaration on Friday.
The president also stated that he plans to visit Texas, but hopes that waiting for his arrival will not become a burden or hinder disaster response.
Updated 12:36 PM, February 19, 2021
Texas grid operator says the power system is back to normal
The grid operator in Texas said on Friday that the electrical system has returned to normal.
There are still minor interruptions on Friday. But Bill Magness, chairman of the Texas Electric Reliability Council, said that the grid again has enough capacity to power the entire system.
Updated 2:23 PM / February 19, 2021
Federal officials worry about people staying warm
The acting head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said he is worried that people in Texas will stay warm. As the temperature was expected to be below freezing on Friday night, Acting Director Bob Fenton urged people to go to a shelter or heating station if there is still no heating.
Fenton said on “CBS This Morning”: “If you are cold, don’t stay at home, go to a warming station.”
Fenton said his agency provides blankets, fuel, meals and water in the state.
Fenton encourages those whose property was destroyed in inclement weather to seek federal assistance first through its insurance company.If the president can help Texans get government assistanceFor the country.
Updated: at 11:05 on February 19, 2021 in the morning
Some Texans face high electricity bills
Some Texans will have to deal with surprisingly high electricity bills.
Most residents sign one of two types of contracts with energy suppliers: a higher fixed rate or a variable contract. With variables, customers will seize opportunities and pay lower prices when demand is low, and higher rates when demand increases.
Houston resident Meghan O’Neill paid more than $2,000 in two days. Her February bill now exceeds $3,000.
“It’s like, well, I want to support my family, or I want to cook, which one should I choose?” O’Neill said.
Joshua Rhodes, an energy expert at the University of Texas, said that people with fixed interest rates may pay more in the future.
Rhodes said: “This effect will be later, because utilities and others need to assess how much money they need to recover.” “…In the end, customers always pay some kind of fee in this situation.”
Updated: at 10:47 on February 19, 2021 in the morning
San Antonio will open water distribution station
The San Antonio Water Supply System announced on Thursday that it will begin providing water distribution at seven pump locations throughout the city. Residents can drink up to five gallons of water per person, and it is recommended to boil it just in case.
The City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Food Bank will also provide bottled water distribution throughout the city.
Due to the emergency in winter, the city of San Antonio experienced a water cut. The San Antonio Water Supply System issued recommendations for boiling water for customers who can still use water on Wednesday.
Updated: at 10:28 on February 19, 2021 in the morning
Winter storms disrupted COVID vaccine research and development, as variants raise new concerns
As Americans yearn for life before the pandemic, and as the winter storm hits the United States, the delivery of the coronavirus vaccine is being delayed. This disease not only affects the lives of Americans, but also affects people’s lifespan. Jonathan Vigliotti reported on the “CBS Evening News.”
Update 3:46 PM / February 19, 2021
Winter storm killed 44 people
As of Friday afternoon, 44 deaths in seven states were related to severe winters.
The largest death toll was in Texas, where 27 residents died in storm-related events. Where they occur are: Harris County, which includes Houston (14), Taylor County (6), Sugar Land (4), Galveston County (2), and San Antonio (1).
Earlier this week, a grandmother and three children were killed in a house fire in Sugarland. City officials said there was no electricity nearby. The cause of the fire is under investigation.