Texas is all over the news and social media right now. The Southern state of the US was hit by a deadly winter storm that broke records. Texas has never seen such heavy snowfalls and such low temperatures. The residents have taken up shelters to wait out this storm but this storm still has thousands of people shivering in the dark and cold weather.
The storm has led to massive power outages due to the power grid being hit badly. 60 percent of the homes in Texas rely on electricity to power up their lights and to heat up their homes. Now millions of people are suffering in the darkness, shivering in the challenging weather as the power grid is crippled in the storm. As of February 16, around 4.3 million people in Texas lost their power.
The weather conditions weren’t very good this week and are looking just as bad in the coming week while the Texans fight in the cold. Heavy rains turned into freezing rains resulted in more than 3 million people experiencing power outage Tuesday night.
People are looking for ways to ride out the storm while also figuring out who to blame. The renewable fossil fuel also took an impact due to the weather conditions as the turbines were shut down in the western part of the state due to icing. Also, in these freezing conditions, there is no water to power up the natural gas and coal-fired power plants. Few of these power plants went offline due to the weather conditions whereas others couldn’t function due to no power access in the state. One of the Nuclear power stations was also shut down in the southern part of Texas due to the extreme weather conditions.
Texas is a state that heavily relies on power to function in its daily life. It is also the biggest state of the US so when it got hit with the storm, the whole country started to suffer. Take a look at the following infographic for more information on how Texas make its electricity.
Infographic by: Statista.com