The consequences of bad weather can be so devastating to the extent of disrupting standard procedures, and the winter is a period whereby caution is the watchword. This has been witnessed in Texas, the United States of America, whereby citizens of the state were seen in queues trying to fetch water for their household use. This scenario is what many news outlets have focused on since it has surfaced online.
However, other situations have developed in Texas which are not very popular among readers online, basically because there were not many reports made on them. Some of these other situations have less to the death of some citizens.
1. Power Outage
Since the storm had hit Texas, the state has recorded a total blackout in all areas. Although efforts have been made, and power has been returned to some areas on the 19th of February, Friday.
The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which controls about 90% of the electricity in the state mentioned on Friday that the council has figured out that there is now enough electricity to begin returning the state to normalcy, but there is not much that has been done since then.
However, during an interview he had with MNSBC, the mayor of Houston mentioned that the number of people with power outage has been reduced from the initial 1.4Molliom count to only 10,000, and the number is still bound to decrease.
Below are pictures of the blackouts in Texas:
2. Strip-bared Stores
Another saddening event that has arisen in Texas in the past few days is the state of the stores around the states. There have been reports that the stores no longer have goods to offer the citizens, with a video proof sent on Twitter by a resident of the state.
Keicia Shanta had posted a video of the interior of the popular American supermarket, Walmart, and that all the shelves are empty without any goods being available to them. ()
This was because there was hardly any way the store could increase their shelve goods. After all, transportation and communication have been impeded, and it could even cost a fortune for the stores to manage their ventures without proper amenities such as water and electricity.
3. Airport Shutdown
In Tennessee, the Memphis Airport has been closed mainly because of the current situation. The water pressure is too high for planes to attempt flying, hence, there is a risk of server damage and a possible crash should the plane fly from the airport.
The airport plans not to allows flights until around noon when the temperature has risen to a level and is less threatening to passengers. The authorities are also working on restroom services that can ensure that the airport resumes operation without being impeded.
4. Fire Outbreak
This is the least expected situation because the weather should not have allowed a fire outbreak, but an apartment in San-Antonio was burnt to the ground on Friday.
Illustrative Images showing frozen hydrants
This was because the firefighters could not get water flowing to fight the fire. The hydrants had been frozen, and thereby useless for the glazing fire.
The firemen had to resort to manual water to try purring out the fire. Dozens of the crew were sent to the apartment shuttling its water from nearby sources in an attempt to quench the fire.
Tell us, which one of these issues do you think the authorities should solve first?
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