Texas has implemented rolling blackouts across the state after setting record power demand due to freezing temperatures and winter storms.
The National Weather Service said that 3-5 inches of snow have already fallen while wind gusts are nearing 30 mph with temperatures as low as 15 degrees below zero.
The blackout was suggested by the Texas Electrical Reliability Council (ERCOT) after it declared an energy emergency alert three.
“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,” said ERCOT.
Electricity use Sunday night broke a previous record set in 2018 which was also caused by freezing temperatures.
According to @TxStormChasers, there are now 1,408,377 customers without electricity in Texas as of 3:24 AM local time while extra energy could not be spared after wind turbines were frozen shut by the weather.
The blackouts are expected to last between 15 to 45 minutes while residents are advised to stay indoors.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned last weekend that all of Texas faces colder weather ahead and issued a state disaster declaration.
President Joe Biden has already pledged aid for Texas after the 2021 polar vortex storm is expected to bring in cold temperatures across the country for an extended period of time.
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