Although the temperature in Texas and other states has risen, the severe winter weather this week has dealt a heavy blow to them, but the severe cold temperatures and extreme conditions have caused about 70 deaths, and many more lack electricity and drinking water. .
Associated Press It reported the death toll updated on Friday, including the national death toll caused by car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning, house fires and hypothermia.
The Associated Press said that in Fort Worth, Texas, the ambulance provider MedStar continued to receive reports of hypothermia, most of which were from people in their own homes. Emergency service providers reached a peak of 77 hypothermia notifications on Wednesday.
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New York Times Saturday reported that he was 75 years old Army veteran Carrol Anderson died in Crosby, Texas, breathing with the help of an oxygen tank.
When people in Texas and other states tried to find warmth, some turned to sit in a moving car or next to a generator, causing carbon monoxide poisoning and a series of deaths.
on Saturday, A 68-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman in Louisiana Died of carbon monoxide poisoning According to the state’s health department, they placed a generator in the camp to keep warm.
Due to the weather, President Biden has approved states of emergency in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.On Saturday, the White House announced that Biden Issue a major disaster statement For Texas, the Lone Star State is allowed to obtain more federal resources to address widespread power outages and water shortages.
However, the South, especially Texas, still faces an uphill battle.
According to Friday, the power of millions of Texans was restored, but more than 40,000 people in Texas still have no power on Saturday night poweroutage.us.
Many people in Texas and Louisiana are now also facing a lack of safe drinking water, and are ordered by local authorities to boil tap water before drinking. The state’s record low temperatures have damaged the water pipes and endangered the drinking water system.
As states tried to recover from the crisis, Saturday’s high temperature eased after a few days of low temperatures.
Associated Press Report The warm-up activity is expected to last for several days in Texas. The sun in Dallas will rise before the afternoon and the temperature will be close to 50 degrees.
in spite of CNN report Texas is expected to have a weak cold front on Sunday evening, which is not expected to bring about the same harsh conditions that Texas has experienced this week.
The deaths due to winter storms and subsequent widespread power outages have led to a detailed review of Texas’ preparedness for extreme weather conditions.
A report this week from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and North American Electric Reliability Corporation stated that the state’s power generation companies “have failed to adequately prepare for the winter,” especially due to insufficient insulation and lack of training for operators and maintenance personnel during the winter.
The five Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee also write a letter Greg Abbott (R), Governor of Texas, delivered a speech saying “This week’s events show that there are major shortcomings in the preparations and more work must be done to protect communities severely affected by the winter power outages. ”