In the state of Nebraska, the mercury dropped to 35 degrees below zero. In the usually hot Dallas, Texas, a temperature of -17 degrees was measured. Due to the cold, many locations where vaccination against the coronavirus is being closed and deliveries of vaccines were also at risk.
Local authorities in Texas received a storm of criticism when the power grid collapsed in the weather, with power cuts across the state. In all of Texas, more than 4.4 million households were without electricity. At a press conference in the afternoon, Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner reported that 1.3 million residents of his city were still without power at the time.
Snow images Monday in Spring, Texas.
Weather conditions have already claimed several deaths. Four people died on the road because of the cold. A homeless person froze to death and a mother and daughter died of carbon monoxide poisoning when they tried to heat their home by turning on the engine of a car.
Some use the winter weather to their advantage. For example, the Reuters news agency spoke to a student who was snowboarding through the streets of the prairie town in Lubbock, Texas, while being pulled on a rope by a pick-up truck driven by friends. “This is my first time snowboarding in Lubbock, and trust me, it’s not disappointing,” said the student, who compared the conditions to those in the state of Colorado, where many Americans enjoy winter sports.
The extreme weather in the southeast of the US will last until Friday. About ten centimeters of winter rainfall is expected.
State of emergency
US President Biden declares a state of emergency for Texas to allow aid after temperatures of -2 to -22 degrees were measured. With Texas, much of the United States was in the throes of winter.
There was also a power outage in Louisiana, which borders Texas. Even in Mexico, at least 400,000 customers were without electricity.
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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