Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) said Thursday that the state has restored power to about 2 million homes, The Washington Post reported.
Approximately 2.7 million homes in Texas were without power Wednesday morning. The Texas power grid was hit hard by winter storms that swept across much of the United States this week.
The Post noted that 32 deaths have so far been attributed to freezing temperatures.
“As of this afternoon there are no residential power outages due to lack of power generation, “Abbott tweeted.” If a residence is out of power it is due to downed power lines or the need for the power company to reconnect manually. If you don’t have power, contact your local power provider. “
As of this afternoon there are no residential power outages due to lack of power generation.
If a residence is out of power it is due to downed power lines or the need for the power company to reconnect manually.
If you are out of power, contact your local power provider.
– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 18, 2021
Abbott has requested that grid operator reform be prioritized as an emergency item for Texas state legislators, calling the lack of power “unacceptable.”
The Biden Administration Thursday sent 60 generators, as well as much-needed supplies to Texas. The generators will be used to support critical sites such as hospitals and water facilities. Other supplies sent to the Lone Star State included blankets, food and water.
The Texas power grid is almost completely isolated from the other two major power grids in the US, the Eastern Interconnect and the Western Interconnect. The network is also ill-equipped to handle low temperatures, and lacks the winterization and insulation needed to handle today’s winter weather.