As 2 million Texans faced an unpredictable power outage due to the winter storm, state electricity officials have informed that the rotating and controlled power outages will continue through Tuesday. Only when the winter emergency subsides, the power situation will improve.
Multiple natural gas, coal and nuclear electrical generating units suddenly began tripping on Sunday night, collapsing the electrical supply. The ice storm was responsible, Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said.
Losing over 30,000 megawatts from the grid, this is the longest period of time that officials are handling rotating outages in the state.
For those experiencing power outage, here are a few steps to follow to keep the cold at bay:
- Pull the curtains or cover the windows with blankets or towels to rovide insulation
- Keep doors shut to avoid losing heat
- Cover the cracks under the doors with towels to shield yourself from the cold
- Wear layers of clothes, warm socks and gloves
- Consume food that gives you energy, avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Light up candles as they provide heat
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Steer clear of the following practices to keep yourself safe:
- Do not bring a generator inside the room
- Do not use a stove or oven for heat as this could cause carbon monoxide poisoning