This week has been anything but easy for millions of Texas households. As severe winter weather and freezing temperatures hit the Lone Star State, more than 4 million experienced power outages.
ERCOT has been working to restore electricity across the Texas grid, but the cold weather meant a huge spike in energy demand. This increased demand soon surpassed the available electricity supply. To combat this, ERCOT began rotating power outages across the Lone Star State.
As of Thursday, February 18, about 640,000 Texans are still without power. While this is a significant amount of people, it is far lower than the millions of households originally experiencing power outages. However, ERCOT warned in a press statement that rotating outages may continue for the coming days.
Across the state, millions of Texans are still seeing below or near-freezing temperatures. Dallas remains under a hard freeze warning with a temperature of 32 degrees. Meanwhile, Houston temperatures have risen slightly to 36 degrees.
According to The Weather Channel, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Texans exhausted from the freezing temperatures. Meteorologists predict the state will see warmer temperatures by Saturday, February 20.
If you are experiencing a power outage, here are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your home: