Nearly a week after several generations of winter storms broke out in Texas and other southern states, Saturday’s warm weather finally brought some welcome relief.
Fox News meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said the temperature in the south “will rise to typical levels or a few degrees above average by the beginning of the week”.
“A major warm-up is happening, and by the 1960s [Sunday]He said, “This will quickly melt the snow and ice and start cleaning up.”
Although it has returned to a certain level of normal temperature, as millions of people are still on the notice of boiling water, and officials are working to restore electricity and clean water to residents, the Lone Star State has only just begun to deal with the consequences of the storm.
Air bubbles blown by the deadly winter weather in a Texas hospital give patients clean water
President Biden announced on Saturday that 77 of the 254 counties in Texas have suffered a major disaster, which will allow federal funds to be used to assist in cleanup efforts.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Saturday: “Although partial approval is an important first step, Texas will continue to work with our federal partners to ensure that all qualified Texas Everyone can get the relief they need.”
The Texas Electric Power Reliability Commission announced on Friday that it will lift the emergency and resume normal operations, so that most of Texas’ electricity will resume normal operations.
Despite this, about 300,000 people in the South did not have electricity on Saturday, most of whom were concentrated in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Texas faces a water crisis, temperature rises after the storm and severe freezing
With energy prices skyrocketing after the hurricane, Texans who have electricity in the past week may face unexpectedly high electricity bills.
The Associated Press reported that Senator Dina Mind wrote to the Federal Energy Agency on Saturday, urging them to investigate the impact of potential price increases on natural gas prices.
Although electricity and water are back online, many Texans are still struggling to find food.
After the storm, food banks, private restaurants and the military are working hard to meet the growing demand for food.
Representative Alexander Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) traveled to Texas to raise more than $3 million for the Houston Food Bank.
In this storm, more than 70 people died, and about half of them occurred in Texas. Causes include hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning and car accidents.
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Biden said that despite the uncertain time, he plans to visit Texas next week.
Biden said: “I originally planned to be in Texas early next week, but I don’t want to be a burden. When the president lands in any city in the United States, it has a long tail.” “If you actually draw a conclusion, I can do this without increasing the burden, and I plan to move on.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.