Texas implements rolling blackouts as state hit with most extreme snow & ice in years (VIDEOS)
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) called an “energy emergency alert three” early Monday, which includes rolling outages for not only homes, but businesses and city infrastructure. ERCOT warned residents that even traffic lights could be down during the blackouts.
has declared an EEA 3. Energy conservation is critical. Rotating outages are underway to reduce demand on the electric system. We urge Texans to put safety first during this time. Traffic lights and other infrastructure may be temporarily without power. 01:25:40 150221— ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO) February 15, 2021
“Extreme weather conditions caused many generating units – across fuel types – to trip offline and become unavailable,” the company said in a statement, urging energy conservation as the power grid has become more and more strained. Energy use has been at record levels in the state as they, as well as the central US, are facing unusually cold weather.
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More than two million homes were reported to be without power in the state on Monday morning, according to poweroutage.us.
The last time rolling outages were implemented in Texas was during a massive storm in February 2011.
Video out of Texas has shown the state blanketed with snow and some roadways dangerously covered in ice. For the first time ever, every county in the state was under a winter storm warning going into Sunday evening.
There’s now rolling outages to help out the Texas power grid. The blackouts are lasting about 10-45 mins according to @austinenergy. They could continue throughout the morning... and days. We’ll stay in the single digits today. pic.twitter.com/9KcWfuHUNk— John-Carlos Estrada (@Mr_JCE) February 15, 2021
Road conditions have left many roads impassable and led to numerous crashes, especially on highways. Unlike states that are used to colder weather and heavy snowfall, Texas is facing an unusual emergency as much of the state does not have the resources to handle extreme winter conditions, leaving roads slick and icy, and many homes not insulated enough.
Footage of multiple highway crashes have hit social media with interstate roads either covered in snow or ice. Residents are being urged by local officials to stay home and not travel.
🇺🇸 — VIDEO: As many as seven semi-trucks, a snow plow, and several passenger vehicles were involved in a pileup on I-10 near El Paso, Texas yesterday. A number of people were injured. pic.twitter.com/RWBlsb236V— Belaaz (@TheBelaaz) February 15, 2021
Snow in Texas STEER CLEAR: Footage shows an 18-wheeler jackknife on an icy Interstate 10 near Roosevelt, Texas. No serious injuries reported. #texaswinterstorm#RoadSafety#icestorm#Snowmageddon2021pic.twitter.com/M2reVKmOUq— Convenience Store News. (@CStoreNews_) February 15, 2021
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