February 18, 2021
More than 100 million Americans are in the path of a new winter storm that is expected to head from the southern Plains to the East Coast over the next few days, the National Weather Service said. USA TODAY
Winter’s brutal assault continued Wednesday night as another snowstorm roared its way across the nation through the end of the week, hitting areas where millions were already without electricity in record-breaking cold. Read more….
Texans face more misery: Amid widespread power outages, officials told residents to conserve water and boil it before use. THE TEXAS TRIBUNE
After enduring multiple days of freezing temperatures and Texans dripping faucets to prevent frozen pipes from bursting, cities across the state warned residents on Wednesday that water levels are dangerously low and may be unsafe to drink. They’re telling Texans to boil tap water for drinking, cooking, brushing their teeth and for making ice — as residents have been struggling to maintain power and heat while an unprecedented winter storm whips across the state. While activities such as showering and doing laundry are safe, cities under water boil notices are asking people to conserve water if at all possible. Read more….
Statement from Governor Greg Abbott:
Governor Greg Abbott tweeted “We are ordering an investigation into ERCOT and immediate transparency by ERCOT.”