Millions in Texas struggled to stay warm on Wednesday, many went without electricity for days, such as persistent winter weather, bitter cold and the looming threat of more ice meant the blackouts by the end of the week could last

By noon, more than 3 million people were without power, as evidenced by the blackout We, as winter weather warnings, warnings, or clocks, stretched from Texas to Virginia

NBC News spoke to over half a dozen Texans, and many said they had a primary concern: heat

“The main thing we need is warmth,” said Courtney Heineman, a single mother in South Dallas. My home thermostat is 39 degrees for twenty hours – no heat, no fireplace, no food “

Isaac Warren, 43, from southwest Austin, said, “We are now about 36 hours without electricity We need heat It was about 40-43 degrees in our house this morning”

“My girlfriend and I would like just a few hours of electricity to heat the house a bit. That is our greatest need,” said Warren. “Really disappointed with our leaders at all levels This is a complete failure of leadership”

The Texas Electric Reliability Council, which oversees around 90 percent of Texas’s power generation, announced Tuesday evening that it was working to restore electricity as soon as possible. Bill Magness, CEO of ERCOT, described the in a press conference on Tuesday Time people in Texas had to be without electricity during the extreme cold were considered “awful” and “unacceptable”

Texas Gov Greg Abbott called for an investigation into the electricity network operator because of the outages

“The Texas Electric Reliability Council has been far from reliable for the past 48 hours,” he said in a statement. Far too many Texans have no electricity or heat for their homes as our state is exposed to freezing temperatures and severe winter weather is that is unacceptable “

Tweets from ERCOT said it directed utility companies to 700Restoring 000 households, however, confirmed that millions of households were still without electricity

“We know millions of people are suffering,” said Bill Magness, President and CEO of ERCOT. “We have no other priority than keeping them powered No other priority”

Conservative critics, including Abbott, blamed a blackout for the blackouts.But wind and solar generate only about 21 percent of the state’s electricity.Natural gas, which powers half of the state’s electricity production – by far the largest source – was for its use by household stoves is in great demand, and some power plants couldn’t get enough

Abbott faced several questions in his comments on the subject, including the blame for green energy and the emphasis on that failure as the reason “fossil fuels are necessary” in an interview with Fox News The Governor insisted he had conducted numerous interviews in which problems with the state’s access to power as a whole were highlighted

“I was asked a question about renewable energy on a television show and I responded to that question,” said Abbott

He told reporters on Wednesday that he hoped to feed thousands of megawatts into the state grid in the next 24 hours, which is hopefully an estimated 600Abbott expects the South Texas Project, a nuclear power plant in Bay City, to be fully operational by Wednesday evening

Steve Adler, Austin Mayor, said the power grid in Texas went down because “we have a system that is not hardened and is ready for sustained 18 degrees below zero weather”

“In order to turn on this level of politics, if the focus should be on turning power back on, we need plans to be able to operate in order to regain power,” said Adler. “We’re doing everything here on the ground to be able to to save as much electricity as possible “

“We have people who have been out of electricity for over 50 hours, but having conversations that the suggestion is that this is due to renewable energy decisions just isn’t – it isn’t helpful, and it is also not true “Adler added

Following an ice storm, Austin Energy reported Wednesday morning that customers should prepare to be without power on Wednesday and “possibly longer” “

“I’m not a happy camper,” said Hendricks. He buried himself under blankets in his living room, afraid of burning a fire in a fireplace because he didn’t know if it was safe

“I have the feeling that ERCOT or the state government were not prepared for an event like this, and they probably should be””

The streets had not been cleared of 5 to 6 inches of snow, preventing Hendricks from moving to a friend’s house or hotel

“I have been out of power since 2 a.m. Monday, more than 30 hours of freezing temperatures with no way of leaving because the roads have 6 to 8 inches of unploughed snow and ice,” said Gill. The only grocery store he could go to had a line of 200 people, he said

“I only had four hours of electricity in the last 32 hours,” he said. “I wish the authorities, Oncor and ERCOT, had provided a timetable for when these outages were to be expected,” he said”Piling up the windows and closing them helps a little, but it won’t be of any use soon”

“My house is 34 degrees and the power didn’t turn on at all,” he said. “We start to see leaks as the pipes in our house freeze,” said Williams. “My temperature doesn’t rise with the sun, it actually sits at 34 last night I woke up every two hours to go to my house and make sure everything was still okay. I need warmth today or my house will likely be badly damaged “

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said the blackouts were necessary to save the Texas power grid, she said the outages could last longer than the weather

Houston police chief Art Acevedo said on NBC TODAY that power outages would “last two or three more days, as soon as possible”

Acevedo noted that El Paso, Texas, did not experience any power outages as it is part of a national power grid that many other parts of Texas have turned down

“We deregulated here in Texas. We did it on our own. And in all honesty, if people are more concerned about profits, they are not going to winterize their plants. I think we cut corners. We tried to care more about that Worrying about profit, and now Texans are suffering from it, “Acevedo said

Many Texans on Twitter criticized ERCOT for continuing to power the skylines of cities like Houston and Austin while people struggled to keep their homes warm. ERCOT did not respond to requests for comment on the decision / p>

In Galveston, freezing temperatures have broken water pipes in homes and businesses across the city for the past two days, prompting authorities to urge residents to limit their water use

Authorities also urged residents to work with plumbers and insurance companies to fix the damage as soon as possible Those who are not insured should keep all of their receipts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a possible refund

Abbott also said it intends to provide exemptions for previously licensed plumbers who have not continued their re-licensing training in the past two years

Wednesday’s NBA game between the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks in Dallas has been postponed, the league said The city was again under a winter storm warning and can expect 2 to 5 inches of snow and ice to build up over the course of the day / p>

The storm will then spread snow and ice in the lower Mississippi Valley, Tennessee Valley, and Ohio Valley through Wednesday night

The National Weather Service said bitterly cold air will remain entrenched over much of the undergroundAnother round of snow and ice is expected to hit the southern plains in the mid-south, mid-Atlantic, and northeast this week

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Severe winter weather in much of the country warned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Tuesday of “widespread delays” in deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines over the next few days, particularly from the FedEx facility in Memphis and UPS facility in Louisville that serve as vaccine shipping centers for multiple states

As of Thursday, winter weather has played a role in at least 30 deaths across the country. Many of those deaths were in Texas

Six people were killed in a pile on an icy Fort Worth highway Thursday, and a woman and child died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in Houston on Tuesday, officials said it appeared a car was in an attached garage from the heat drive because the power was off

Four died of carbon monoxide poisoning over the weekend in Clackamas County, Oregon, according to the sheriff’s office, as the state also experienced power outages

Officials urged the public to be careful with gas powered generators, reminding them never to use them inside, and avoiding the use of stoves or stoves to keep cars warm in garages or to keep cars idling, even when the door is open

“It doesn’t take much, and a little can be fatal,” said Samuel Pena, Houston Fire Department chief

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