TEXAS FACES AN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER MAKING A HISTORY, MILLIONS LIVING IN DARK
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Texas is known for its sprawling deserts and excruciating heatwaves, however, right now, the US state is blanketed in a thick layer of ice. Power outages, caused by a combination of high demand, power plants crippled by the weather, and a grid that is cut off from the rest of the country, have left millions of people shivering in the dark. However, people in Texas are making the best of the freezing temperatures by skiing, snow tubing, and making it memorable by leaping into a swimming pool.
Meanwhile, due to lack of power, pipes have frozen and a large number of systems have been reporting water issues, said Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Water problems have impacted about 14.3 million residents out of a total population of around 29 million, as officials distribute fresh water and food to thousands of people, he said. Even as utility operations returned to normal on Friday, more than 50,000 customers were
still without power as crews struggled to repair the downed lines.