Usually, the weather in Texas is much warmer than in the rest of the states in the US. However, the winter storm the South Central state is experiencing currently is something the people of Texas have never seen. On top of the weather issues, there is a widespread power shortage across Texas. And Texans are struggling as the temperature drops and the death toll rises.
The rising winter storm and degrading weather have killed at least 21 people in Texas. But the weather forecast says that the extreme condition will continue, at least until the weekend.
The Weather Condition in Texas.
President Joe Biden announced a state of emergency in Texas as it experienced some of its most extreme weather conditions. The temperature hit 0F (-18C) in more than 30 years.
Apart from that, millions of people are going through a massive power outage in different parts of the state. Along with it, Texans are also facing issues like icy roads, frozen pipes, no heat, and water, etc. Several houses are leaking due to the frozen pipe bursting. And people are freezing inside their houses due to lack of heat.
I’ve seen a lot of videos on TikTok of peoples homes that have been flooded in Texas. My heart goes out to them. I hope they can get the help they need! 🥺🥺 #prayfortexas #TexasWinterStorm2021 pic.twitter.com/SUe357kAjD
— HTOWN (@ieccentric00) February 17, 2021
Shocking! 😱 Turn up the volume!
Pipes busted from freezing. (Denton, Texas)
Please, If you are in Texas and you have not done so, let a couple of faucets drip until the freeze is over! #TexasFreeze #TexasBlackout #TexasWinterStorm2021 pic.twitter.com/Hc00NqnXsH
— Convenience Store News. (@CStoreNews_) February 17, 2021
I feel so bad for #TexasWinterStorm2021 right now be safe guys! pic.twitter.com/OUiJzSsj8J
— LaLaNucks (@LaLaVirtanen) February 17, 2021
A Political Blunder.
However, as the tension rises, several Texan government officials are facing a lot of backlashes. Especially due to their lack of accountability. Texas, a Republican-run state, mostly operates on natural gas-fired plants. And only 23 percent of the power comes from wind turbines.
However, Texas’ governor Greg Abbott blamed the power grid on Green New Deal.
Despite calling the climate change proposal a “deadly deal for the United States of America,” he later took back his statement.
Another politician facing criticism is Senator Ted Cruz. Out of several controversial things he’s said in the past, people are dragging him for the time when he voted against Hurricane Sandy aid. Now, he admits that he has “no defense” for Texas’ weather disaster.
“Don’t ever put people who don’t believe in government in charge of government.”
Julián Castro#TexasBlackout #TexasWinterStorm2021 #texasrepublicans @tedcruz https://t.co/M1msuI7VEZ
— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) February 18, 2021
Mayor of Colorado City, Texas, Tim Boyd on Tuesday shared a lengthy post about the ongoing weather crisis. In the controversial post, the mayor told the citizens that it’s not the government’s responsibility to support them during these trying times. “I’ll be damned if I’m going to provide for anyone that is capable of doing it themselves,” Boyd wrote on the post.
Okay…if you live in Colorado City #Texas drag this piece of shit out of his warm little home and duct tape him to a frozen light post and leave him there. These fuckers need to be made an example of.#TexasWinterStorm2021 #TimBoyd pic.twitter.com/C0U9yZuu2L
— Izzak Klark (@TheSpaceJanit0r) February 17, 2021
However, people weren’t having his “only the strong will survive and the weak will perish,” statement. And after calling people that are “complaining” about the situation “lazy and products of bad parenting,” Boyd stepped down from his position.
Here are tweets summing up the extreme weather condition in Texas.
Alexa, show me the power outage map in the Dan Crenshaw’s state of Texas where he and the GOP control energy policy. #TexasWinterStorm2021 pic.twitter.com/C6S7K9JWvI
— nothing to see here… (@GregTheC) February 16, 2021
This clip makes me feel for those people. Texas failed them and should’ve been more prepared for bad weather that was forecasted ahead of time. #Texas #TexasWinterStorm2021 pic.twitter.com/Lajred6Td7
— 💎𝒞𝒶𝓇𝒶𝓂𝑒𝓁 𝐸𝓂𝓅𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓈💃🏽 (@Exotic_Caramel7) February 16, 2021
We’ve had a total of 4 hours of power in 2 1/2 days. Water is also contaminated across the county as a boil water is in effect. We’ve started taping windows and cardboard to cover the windows. It was 7 degrees last night, and will snow again tonight. #TexasWinterStorm2021 pic.twitter.com/uR0i0WE9jn
— Smunchy (@TheSmunchy) February 17, 2021
no power. The little Groceries we have left are on the balcony to keep cold. We have spent the last 3 days with no power in temperatures ranging from 0° to 30° #TexasBlackout #prayfortexas #TexasWinterStorm2021 #Austin pic.twitter.com/U42JkFwdF4
— RéJean⚜️ (@rejeanlevell) February 18, 2021
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