Like most Texans, what started out as an excitement for Snow, because that is very rare here in the south, has now turned into panic and sadness.
We are not built for this type of weather. A little snow sure.
I can't take credit for the above picture, a friend shared it on facebook. It speaks volumes though. Our infrastructure is not built for this type of weather, let alone for days of this weather. We still have a few more days of freezing temps to get through. Every other post I am seeing on facebook is a friends house now flooded because of frozen busted pipes. Plumbers cannot keep up with calls. Roads are still not safe to travel on.
The snow started to melt yesterday. Our doorbell rang in the late afternoon, it was our neighbor letting us know we had a pipe burst behind our garage. Ugh! At least it wasn't in the house. Apparently it wasn't a pipe though, it was the bell top part of our irrigation system main line. My husband thought he turned everything off, but forgot about this one. Live and learn right?! He took care of it right away, thankful for wonderful neighbors.
From our local ABC 13 news channel, read more here.
UPDATE: 7:53 a.m.
More than 2.8 million customers were without power, according to poweroutage.us, out of nearly 12.5 million customers in Texas. ERCOT remained under a Level 3 Alert, meaning rotating outages were still in progress.
UPDATE: 8:18 a.m.
An utility company official tells ABC13 that they are more optimistic about today's power restoration efforts, but they expect a "sizeable" group of people who will be without power the entire day, and they could be in the dark into the rest of the week.
UPDATE: 8:42 a.m.
ERCOT's current capacity is 45,000 megawatts of electricity, compared to the current demand of 43,800 megawatts. By 10 a.m. the forecast is expected to be up to 60,000 megawatts, yet the capacity won't even get above 55,000 megawatts by 4 p.m., according to ABC13 Data Analyst Keaton Fox.
I pray for all who still do not have power. We have many friends that were without power for 33 hours, power came back for a few hours, then they lost it again. We lost power for about 5 hours then it came back.
We will not get warmer temps here until possibly Saturday.
Stay warm and cozy friends. Keep spreading light and love!