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    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Monday against power provider Griddy, accusing them of using deceptive business practices to overcharge customers during the winter storm that left millions without power. The lawsuit alleges that Texans who used Griddy as their power company were surprised by “astronomical electricity bills” during the storm. February’s winter storm left millions of Texans without power or water and is estimated to cost around $18 billion in damage. “Griddy, the company that promised Texans cheap ‘wholesale’ prices that would consistently beat traditional energy costs, blatantly contradicted these promotional representations as it auto-debited hundreds of dollars from Texans’ checking accounts daily,” the lawsuit says. “Griddy was fully aware of the reality of the risk in its pricing scheme – sky-high energy rates at a time when consumers are the most vulnerable.” Volunteers stack cases of water during a water distribution event at the Fountain Life...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — More than half a million Texans are still under boil water notices, or have no water at all because of burst pipes, more than a week after a deadly winter storm moved through the state and across the South, leaving millions without power for days. A total of 509,206 people were still impacted by boil water notices as of Sunday night, with 458 boil water notices in effect, according to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ). An additional 1,709 boil water notices serving over 17 million Texans have been lifted, the agency said. READ MORE: Community Efforts To Help North Texas Winter Storm Victims Continue 2 Weeks Later While many people have gone without water for over a week, those who have had their service resumed are trying to give back. Pastor Marilyn Davis spent her Sunday picking up cases of water at the Mesquite...
    (CNN)Over half a million Texans are still under boil water notices more than a week after a winter storm brutalized large swaths of the South, leaving millions without water and power for days.A total of 509,206 people were still impacted by boil water notices as of Sunday night, with 458 boil water notices in effect, according to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ). An additional 1,709 boil water notices serving over 17 million Texans have been lifted, the agency said.Biden promises to help winter storm-battered Texas recover: Were in it for the long haul"Even though the power is on and the water pressure is normalized, there are thousands of homes and apartments that have been affected because of busted pipes," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a press release Sunday. "They still do not have water, so there is a tremendous need."More than 3,000 vehicle, about 10,000 people, showed...
    Disaster response plans often fail to include people with disabilities, and the deadly deep freeze that swept across Texas and much of the mainland US last week was no exception. “A lot of people in our community, they’re like, ‘I’m so damn tired that I have to be resilient. This isn’t our fault,’” says Tomás Aguilar, disaster recovery coordinator for the Living Hope Wheelchair Association in Houston, a group that provides services to immigrants with disabilities. “No, we don’t need a cheerleader. We need water.” “We don’t need a cheerleader. We need water.” The winter storms that froze up power and water systems last week left a humanitarian disaster in its wake. First, people were left in the brutal cold without power or heat. Then came the shortage of food supplies and clean drinking water. As has happened before, the crises hit people with disabilities and chronic illnesses...
    TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Division of Emergency Management, with the help of the Texas Military Department, has launched a call center to help Texans, who have limited or no internet access, with completing the State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT). The iSTAT is a survey is to identify damages across Texas, to help emergency management officials across the state gain an understanding of damages that have happened during the recent winter weather. READ MORE: Heavy Smoke Seen Across North Texas As 5-Alarm Fire Burns At Foam Recycling Plant “The information gleaned from the iSTAT will help us advocate for the support and assistance our communities need to recover from the winter storm,” said Governor Abbott. “This call center is available to help Texans without internet access complete this crucial survey.” Texans can call 844.844.3089 between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week to submit their disaster damage information....
    TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Division of Emergency Management, with the help of the Texas Military Department, has launched a call center to help Texans, who have limited or no internet access, with completing the State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT). The iSTAT is a survey is to identify damages across Texas, to help emergency management officials across the state gain an understanding of damages that have happened during the recent winter weather. READ MORE: GameStop Shares Up 250% In Two Days. Here We Go Again? “The information gleaned from the iSTAT will help us advocate for the support and assistance our communities need to recover from the winter storm,” said Governor Abbott. “This call center is available to help Texans without internet access complete this crucial survey.” Texans can call 844.844.3089 between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week to submit their disaster damage information. This call center...
    About a third of Texas’ population are still facing issues regarding their water supply as of Monday, according to Reuters. Even though the weather is returning to normal after a brutal polar vortex, the state is still facing severe issues left in the storm’s wake, such as $18 billion in estimated damage and water supply difficulties. “As of 7 AM Central Time Monday, more than 1,200 public water systems have reported disruptions in service due to the weather, many of them leading to Boil Water Notices. This is affecting more than 8.8 million people, in 199 Texas counties”, a spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) told Reuters in an emailed statement. (RELATED: What Texas’ Blackout Crisis Says About America’s Energy Future) As of the statement, 147 public water systems and eight public water systems wastewater treatment facilities remained non-operational, the spokesman told Reuters. Those 147 water systems...
    Miami : The Public Service Commission of Texas (PUC) announced that it will issue a moratorium so that electric companies do not disconnect citizens from the networks for non-payment, given that many face bills they cannot bear after the winter storm storm. , reported Greg Abbott, Republican governor of that state. “Texans who have experienced very cold days without power shouldn’t be subject to skyrocketing energy bills,” Abbott said. Storm order and COVID-19 In this way, the PUC held an emergency meeting on Sunday and indicated that, in addition to the payment moratorium order, it will continue with the deferred payment plan due to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 for customers who do so. request. “Our highest priority as a commission and as a state is to protect customers from the devastating effects of a storm that affected their power supply,” said DeAnn Walker, president of the PUC....
    OVER a third of Texans still remain without water on Sunday even as state government officials promise less disruptions while the state enters its second week with frigid temperatures and people still without power. While a number of people have had water restored to their homes, more than 1,200 public water systems in the state still reported disruptions in their service, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported. 4Over a third of Texans are still without water as the state enters week two of power outagesCredit: AP:Associated Press 4People are going without power, gas, water or heat as they demand answers from state officialsCredit: AFP or licensors Over 8.8 million Texans, or about one third of the state's 29 million people, reported outages, spread across 199 counties in the state. Over 250 boil-water notices were rescinded, TCEQ's media specialist Gary Rasp noted, but still was not enough for others...
    (Reuters) - About 30,000 Texans were still without power on Sunday after a historic, deadly winter storm, Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters. He said power would be restored to those people later today or on Monday. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Daniel Wallis) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: environment, United States, water, Texas
    Water is slowly returning to Texans nearly a week after an unprecedented winter storm led to widespread power outages and created water issues for millions. More than 14 million people are still without water or are under boil water notices.  "We've seen the total population being impacted by that go down to about 14.3 million, where it was about 14.9 million yesterday," said Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, at a press conference Saturday. Residents with no water dropped from 350,000 to about 156,000 overnight, he said. Public water systems in Texas are any system that has more than 15 connections — in all about 7,000 systems — which makes returning water to residents primarily a local responsibility, according to Baker. "These aren't necessarily the size of Houston, or the size of Austin, these are rural connections and rural water systems as well," he explained. ...
    Texas officials are calling on residents to report any incidents of price gouging amid food and water shortages that have followed widespread power outages after a winter storm battered the state this week. Houston-area residents have lodged complaints over bottled water and hotel rooms being offered for inordinate prices, according to Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee, chief civil attorney for Texas' biggest county, and Harris County Judge Linda Hidalgo. "We've seen some anecdotal evidence of outrageous prices on necessary items like food and water, basically, price gouging," Hidalgo said at a news conference.  "Whether it's spiking the price of basic necessities, whether it's posting an Airbnb with power for $1,000 a night — we can't imagine something more cruel than taking advantage of people who are suffering right now in this disaster and have been suffering for days," added Hidalgo, who urged residents to report instances of abuse.  Within 20 hours...
    Nearly 15 million Texans were on a water-boil advisory and 140,600 remained without power Friday after a historic winter storm claimed dozens of lives — including that of an 11-year-old boy who appeared to have frozen to death. At least 14.9 million Texas residents  — roughly half of the state’s population — were stuck with unsafe drinking water as of Friday evening, state officials told The Post. More than 1,300 public water systems in roughly 65 percent of counties in the Lone Star State were issued “boil water notices” to avoid ingesting e. coli and other bacteria, said Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokeswoman Tiffany Young. The extreme weather  — which was blamed for at least 36 deaths this week — knocked out power and caused “mechanical failures” at water treatment plants and distribution centers statewide, Young said. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Cristian Pavon Peneda was reported to have died of...
    Texas TikTok users capture the destruction from this weeks snowstorm Cuomo is an abuser: NY Assemblyman Ron Kim alleges governor threatened him Some businesses in Texas are hitting consumers when they’re down. © Getty Images Mallissa Lee, 52, and Deloris Sanchez, 56, use hand sanitizer while taking shelter at Gallery Furniture store which opened its door and transformed into a warming station after winter weather caused electricity blackouts on Feb. 18, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Lina Hidalgo, the judge Harris County, the largest county in Texas, said this week that Houston residents, already hit by power outages and severe weather, have complained about exploitative prices. “We’ve heard reports of outrageous prices on necessary items like food, water and housing. We will not tolerate price gouging. Violators can face fines of up to $250,000,” she wrote on Twitter. Load Error “The main types of things we’re seeing is...
    More On: texas Homeowners hit with electric bills as high as $17K amid Texas winter storm Inside Ted Cruz’s $2M Houston house where he stranded family poodle Biden says he plans to visit Texas amid power crisis How to help people affected by the Texas winter storm, power outage Nearly 15 million Texans were on a water-boil advisory and 140,600 remained without power Friday after a historic winter storm claimed dozens of lives — including that of an 11-year-old boy who appeared to have frozen to death. At least 14.9 million Texas residents  — roughly half of the state’s population — were stuck with unsafe drinking water as of Friday evening, state officials told The Post. More than 1,300 public water systems in roughly 65 percent of counties in the Lone Star State were issued “boil water notices” to avoid ingesting e. coli and other bacteria, said Texas Commission...
    Reuters February 19, 2021 0 Comments A “fragile” energy grid has returned to life for frigid Texans after five days of blackouts caused by a historic winter storm, but challenges in finding drinking water and dealing with downed power lines loomed on Friday. All power plants in the state were once again functioning, but more than 190,000 homes were still without electricity on Friday morning while 13 million people – nearly half of all Texans – have experienced disruptions in water service. Jennifer Jordan, a 54-year old resident of Midlothian, Texas, said she and her husband were still without power on Friday, even though their online account with their provider indicated their issues had been “resolved.” “I have no power at my house. Not one drop of power,” the high school special-education teacher said in an interview. “It’s really hard. You are really longing to get a hot shower,...
    Kipp Jones, The Western Journal February 19, 2021 0 Comments Partisan sniping has taken over after millions of Texans were left without power beginning on Monday during a historic winter storm, but a report states that those who were in charge of the Texas power grid might have actually saved people from months of power outages by initiating rolling blackouts. We know from the events of the past week that the fallacies of green energy played a role in what would ultimately leave four million homes and businesses in the Lone Star State without electricity, KXAS-TV reported. Tragically, some in the state died from the cold, as temperatures approached sub-zero lows amid seemingly never-ending snowfall and ice accumulation. CBS News reported the death toll stood at 24 people as of Wednesday. There will be plenty of time for a post-mortem to find out exactly what went wrong, and that...
    Celebrities are lashing out at Sen. Ted Cruz for traveling to Cancun, Mexico, with his family as Texas continues to face a major snow crisis that left more than 500,000 without power. Cruz, R-Texas, told Sean Hannity that he had lost power in his home for two days before electing to travel and admitted that he began to have "second thoughts almost immediately" after boarding his flight. Photographs of the senator began circulating on social media late Wednesday, showing him at an airport as millions of Texans remained without power, heat, or clean water. His travels prompted intense backlash not only from Texans but citizens around the country, including numerous Hollywood stars who slammed him for abadoning his constituents. "I think @SenTedCruz is desperately trying to rebrand from the 'inspired a deadly insurrection"' motherf--ker to the 'left my constituents to freeze to death so I could go to Cancun' motherf--ker, but luckily he can be both. He’s just that big a motherf--ker," actor Seth...
    Sen. Ted Cruz touched down in Texas on Thursday afternoon with an armed police escort amid outrage over his 24-hour trip to Mexico during a catastrophic storm in the Lone Star State. The Republican lawmaker could be seen chatting with two police officers who escorted him off his flight and through customs at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport in a 37-second clip obtained by CNN. The former GOP presidential hopeful set off a political maelstrom on Wednesday evening when he was photographed boarding a flight to Cancun as millions of Texans braced for their fourth day without power or safe drinking water. In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Cruz said that he was only chaperoning his daughters, ages 12 and 10, on a flight and was headed back to the US. “This has been an infuriating week for Texans,” Cruz wrote. “The greatest state in the greatest country in the world...
    Democrats believe Sen. Ted Cruz’s trip to Cancun as his state faces an energy crisis has provided them a political cudgel they can use to whack him, with some even demanding his resignation.  Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement calling on the senator to step down. "Ted Cruz jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold isn’t surprising but it is deeply disturbing and disappointing," he said. "Now, he is proving to be an enemy to our state by abandoning us in our greatest time of need. For the 21st time, the Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office." White House press secretary Jen Psaki, asked to weigh in on the controversy, did not directly comment but added a seeming dig at Cruz.  "I don’t have any updates on the exact location of Sen. Ted Cruz," Psaki said. "Our...
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that Texans would voluntarily go even longer without power during freezing temperatures just to keep federal regulators out of their state. "Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business," Perry said in a blog post on the website of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. "Try not to let whatever the crisis of the day is take your eye off of having a resilient grid that keeps America safe personally, economically and strategically." AOC SAYS GREEN NEW DEAL WOULD HAVE HELPED TO PREVENT TEXAS BLACKOUTS  In Texas, just under 500,000 homes and businesses remained without power Thursday, down from about 3 million on Wednesday. The state's grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), said the remaining outages are largely weather-related, rather than forced outages that were made early Monday to stabilize the power...
    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz issued a statement explaining why he flew to Cancun, Mexico while many Texans are without heat and power following a winter storm. In a copy of his statement, the Texas senator said that he went to Cancun because after his daughters asked if they could take a trip for the week and he wanted “to be a good dad.” New Statement from @tedcruz: pic.twitter.com/0WMni5O9R1 — Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) February 18, 2021 “This has been an infuriating week for Texans. The greatest state in the greatest country in the world has been without power. We have food lines, gas lines, and people sleeping at the neighbors’ houses,” Cruz’s statement began. “Our homes are freezing and our lights are out. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too.” “With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,”...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki took a thinly veiled jab at Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz during Thursday’s press briefing. “Well I don’t have any updates on the exact location of Sen. Ted Cruz. Nor does anyone at the White House,” Psaki answered when asked a question about Cruz, who had been boarding a flight from Houston, Texas, to Mexico with his family late Wednesday night. “Our focus is on working directly with leadership in Texas and the surrounding states on addressing the winter storm and the crisis at home.” (RELATED: Sen. Ted Cruz Flew To Cancun With His Family Amid Winter Storm, Power Crisis In Texas) Psaki added that the White House is focusing on “the many people across the state that are without power, without the resources they need” before stating she expects that would also “be the focus of anyone in the state or the surrounding...
    Winter storms in Texas have cut off power, gas and water supplies to millions of residents, bringing the state to the brink of a humanitarian crisis.  On Thursday, as many shivered through a through a fifth consecutive day without hot showers, gas ovens and electricity, some took to social media to document the inventive ways they're managing to survive.    Extreme cold has frozen pipes across many towns and cities across the Lone Star state, effectively cutting off access to fresh water for thousands.  Many who still have access to their gas are now being forced to boil snow on their stove tops to melt it down for drinking and cleaning purposes.    Many shared snaps showing themselves warming chunks of ice in metal pots as they attempted to keep themselves and their beloved pets hydrating.  Others who found themselves without gas were forced put ice into metal buckets and wait for...
    GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has released a statement regarding his flight to Cancun amid a severe power crisis in his state that has left millions without water or electricity. On Thursday, after speculation regarding Cruz’s trip was confirmed and the senator was absolutely destroyed by Twitter users, the Texas politician took a flight back to Houston. Cruz has since released a statement, explaining that he was merely dropping his daughters off in Mexico and was always planning to return home the next day. CNN’s Betsy Klein took to Twitter to share the statement: Statement from Sen. @tedcruz on his trip to Mexico as millions in his state were without power, heat, and water (story: https://t.co/1NRMfJGEOy) pic.twitter.com/goWaYd4fDV — Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) February 18, 2021 “This has been an infuriating week for Texans. The greatest state in the greatest country in the world has been without power,” the...
    Sea turtle rescue center in Texas takes in over 2,000 turtles during winter storm Senator jets off to Mexico as Texas slammed by winter storm © Alex Brandon/AP Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Alex Brandon/AP Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week. His vacation coincided with one of the worst winter storms Texas has experienced in years. After days of outages, roughly 485,000 Texans remain without power. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week while his constituents continue to struggle with one of the worst winter storms in years, multiple news outlets reported Thursday.  The news comes after hours of speculation on Wednesday night about the senator's whereabouts after photos of him and his family at the Houston airport...
    Texas weather: Power grid improves after days of outages causing heat, water and food shortages Bob Dole diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer © Alex Brandon/AP Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, on the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Alex Brandon/AP Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week, Fox News reported Thursday. His vacation coincided with one of the worst winter storms Texas has experienced in years. After days of outages, roughly 485,000 Texans still remain without power. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week while his constituents continue to struggle with one of the worst winter storms in years, Fox News reported Thursday. The news comes after hours of speculation on Wednesday...
    (CNN)Sen. Ted Cruz and his family flew to Cancun, Mexico, as a winter disaster in his home state left millions without power or water, according to photos posted on social media and confirmed to CNN by a person familiar with the travel itinerary.Multiple Twitter users posted photos showing Cruz and his family at Houston's airport and aboard a flight bound for Cancun, Mexico. The same person familiar with the trip confirmed to CNN that Cruz is booked on a flight from Cancun back to Houston on Thursday afternoon. Catastrophic winter storm moves eastThe trip was immediately criticized, including by Texas state Rep. Gene Wu, a Democrat representing southwest Houston, who tweeted a photo of Cruz aboard a flight, saying Cruz was flying south "while the state was freezing to death and having to boil water."CNN has repeatedly reached out to Cruz's office and people in his orbit late Wednesday night...
    Loading the player... The state of Texas is under a state of emergency. An unprecedented winter weather storm has left millions in the dark as bitter cold and ice have caused power outages and treacherous road conditions during a deadly coronavirus pandemic that already has its citizenry afraid and isolated.  Well, thankfully, not all of them. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is drawing fire for appearing to abandon his state during its unprecendented, deadly winter storm emergency for the balmy 80-degree weather of Cancun. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images) Wednesday night, photos circulated on Twitter that appear to show Texas Sen. Ted Cruz flying out of the state, heading to Cancun, Mexico.  Cruz’s office did not confirm his travel plans, however, MSNBC anchor David Shuster shared on Twitter that he had indeed confirmed the person being shown in those pictures was the Lone Star State Republican. His followers co-signed the newsman’s...
    Millions of Texans woke up Thursday morning still without heat, electricity or water — with the historic cold snap that crippled the power grid expected to linger for several more days. As of early Thursday, 2.7 million Texas households were still without heat, while upward of 12 million people either have no drinking water on tap in their homes or have drinking water available only intermittently. Volunteers help distribute water to local residents at a warming center and shelter after record-breaking winter temperatures in Texas on Feb. 17, 2021.REUTERS/Adrees Latif It has particularly devastated some hospitals, forcing people to refrain from washing their hands despite it being the most basic safety measure, especially the coronavirus pandemic. Some communities have become completely isolated with frozen roads still impassable in parts of the state. Hospital officials at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center said some patients at the facility would be moved...
    Millions of Texans woke up Thursday morning still without heat, electricity or water — with the historic cold snap that crippled the power grid expected to linger for several more days. As of early Thursday, 2.7 million Texas households were still without heat, while upward of 12 million people either have no drinking water on tap in their homes or have drinking water available only intermittently. Volunteers help distribute water to local residents at a warming center and shelter after record-breaking winter temperatures in Texas on Feb. 17, 2021.REUTERS/Adrees Latif It has particularly devastated some hospitals, forcing people to refrain from washing their hands despite it being the most basic safety measure, especially the coronavirus pandemic. Some communities have become completely isolated with frozen roads still impassable in parts of the state. Hospital officials at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center said some patients at the facility would be moved...
    Warming Centers In North Texas Upload Weather Pictures/Video School Closures/Delays Oncor Outage Map Free Firewood Delivery NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There are currently 150,000 remaining Oncor customers without power, according to a release from the electric utility. The remaining outages are a result from damage from Wednesday’s winter storm, previous winter weather and storm damage that could not be identified until equipment was re-energized, and damage to electric equipment caused by record-breaking low temperatures. ERCOT directed Oncor and other utilities on Wednesday to begin restoring power previously dropped from the electric grid. ONCOR says that as a result of the increased generation and stable demand, it was able to cease controlled, or rotating, outages. In a statement, ONCOR acknowledged the difficulties faced by customers, saying: “Our personnel will continue working 24/7 to restore power to these remaining customers. We recognize the hardships that this power emergency has caused...
    As millions of Texans have been left without heat amid a power outage during a historically freezing winter storm, many are now reportedly running low on oxygen supplies. More than 3 million homes and businesses were remaining without power for the third day of a historic winter storm that is pummeling the state. About 7 million people in Texas were told to boil their water or stop using it entirely as homeowners, hospitals, and businesses grappled with broken water mains and burst pipes, many in areas unaccustomed to dealing with sustained frigid temperatures.FAST FACTS At least 20 people were dead as of Wednesday after a winter storm swept across the U.S. Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday provided an update on the state's response to severe winter weather conditions and power outages throughout the state. Comfort Homes Director of Operations Kasey Breidenthal told WANE 15 there is a growing concern for people who are on oxygen or need...
    City of Richardson worker Kaleb Love works to clear ice from a water fountain Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Richardson, Texas. LM Otero/Associated Press The state of Texas is currently getting pummeled by unusually cold winter storms. Millions have been left without power, heat, or safe drinking water, as burst pipes are also flooding homes. Texans have been sharing the accounts of their experiences online with photos and videos. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Winter storms have left millions of Texans without power or safe drinking water for days, and many are sharing their dramatic accounts online. As unusually cold weather pummels the state, about 2.8 million households were without power or heat as of Wednesday morning. By midday Wednesday, about 7 million people were under notices to boil their water before drinking it or using it to cook, while 264,000 people live in locations with...
    Going days without power is a sacrifice Texans are willing to make if it means preventing federal regulators from controlling the state’s power grid, suggested Rick Perry, who was energy secretary under President Donald Trump. In a blog posted on House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthys website, Perry responds to the claim that “those watching on the left may see the situation in Texas as an opportunity to expand their top-down, radical proposals.” Perry, who is also a former Texas governor, said “Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business. Try not to let whatever the crisis of the day is take your eye off of having a resilient grid that keeps America safe personally, economically, and strategically.” Texas’s power grid is the only one in the U.S. that is not under the oversight of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission because...
    A well-known Texas business owner has opened his doors again to those in need, helping shelter hundreds of people in Houston after a blistering winter storm left many without power or running water. "Mattress Mack" owner Jim McIngvale, who has been sleeping along with many others on a plethora of Tempur-Pedic mattresses and couches at his business, said that his showroom is open to anybody "in need," not just Houston residents. "We’ll get through this," McIngvale said to Steve Doocy during an appearance on "Fox & Friends." "We’re here to benefit the community that’s what we’ve always done and we have a responsibility for the well-being of the community, we’re trying to live up to that."   TEXAS MAYOR QUITS AFTER SAYING RESIDENTS ARE ‘LAZY’ AMID OUTAGES Mcingvale said that he expects 100 or so more to come to his business over the next couple of days, with many already...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Despite the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) — which is the state’s primary power grid operator — restoring power to more than half-a-million homes across the state Tuesday night, hundreds of thousands of North Texans are still in the dark and without heat. Some generation is slowly returning. ERCOT was able to direct utilities to restore 600,000 households last night. 2.7 million households still do not have power. — ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO) February 17, 2021 This makes the third straight day that so many North Texans woke up in the cold and dark. Officials confirmed that as of sunrise Thursday more than 2.7 million Texans were without power and at last check there was no timeline for when power will be fully restored. ERCOT said that while they saw the winter storm heading to Texas it was a too late, because they had not winterized the system...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – More warming centers opened up across North Texas Tuesday night, Feb. 16, as thousands of people face the latest round of winter weather without power. People were weighing the risks of staying the night in their home without heat or braving the icy roads to get somewhere warm. “Go ahead and get out now,” said North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino. “Don’t hold on for it.” He said it’s not too late for people without power to find another place to stay, especially since it’s unclear when North Texas homes will come back on the grid. “The hardest thing we have to deal with, I think it’s not the weather, and it’s not being out of power,” Mayor Trevino said. “It’s not knowing the direction. Not knowing how long we can expect to be out of power. Not knowing, are we in in for two hours...
    Texas storm: Searching for heat as plunging temps knock out utilities Voting by mail in Florida was a success, so why do legislators want to make it harder? © Alex Brandon/AP Sen. Ted Cruz. Alex Brandon/AP In August, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas mocked California's "failed energy policies" on Twitter. His post resurfaced on Tuesday as over 3 million Texans were without electricity during a winter storm. Texas' state-run power grid failed because of the weather-related strains on its resources. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. An August tweet in which Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas mocked California's "failed energy policies" recirculated on social media on Tuesday as millions of Texans were without electricity because of a rare and severe winter storm. As of Monday, about 154 million Americans were under some form of winter-weather advisory, CNN reported. About 3.6 million Texans were without...
    David Phillip/ AP Millions still don't have power in Texas, and Austin power providers have said outages will continue. Austin Energy said that outages will likely extend into Wednesday. The privately-owned Electric Reliability Council of Texas has not provided a clear timeline either. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Energy utility services across major cities in Texas, like Austin and Houston, have told residents to prepare for at least another night of power outages. In Austin, the public energy utility service tweeted that the outages, now in their second day amid snowstorm Uri and freezing temperatures in the state, will extend into Wednesday. The announcement came Tuesday as the state's privately owned Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) told legislators that power grid operators currently can't predict when outages might end. On Tuesday, ERCOT also asked Austin Energy to shed more power and shut off more facilities,...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Pleas for help are coming from countless North Texas homes where the power remains off and there are no clear answers from those who control it about when it will be turned on. Thousands of North Texas homeowners and apartment tenants having been riding out the last 24 to 48 hours without heat. Those who haven’t reached their breaking point are close as they continue to suffer through the power crisis. “My fingers are freezing my face is freezing,” says Stephanie Randall, a North Dallas resident. Stephanie Randall has no power in frigid weather. (CBS 11) Randall and her husband have sealed themselves off in a bedroom of their Dallas home where a fireplace is the only source of heat they have. “This is not a rolling blackout, this is a blackout,” says Randall. “I don’t know where rolling came from because there’s no rolling over here.”...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Now that we are past the preparedness phase of the winter blast we are experiencing in North Texas, hundreds of our neighbors are reporting being stranded in their homes without power, gas, or running water. For many of them, survival mode has kicked in. Retired Navy Seal Lt. Jason Redman has trained in extreme weather survival techniques and says even without utilities, home is still the safest place to be during these harsh freezes. For those who are “sitting ducks” without necessities like heat and water, he’s offering tips on how to stay warm and survive the freeze until we thaw out. First off, Lt. Redman says you can stay warm enough using what you already have on hand. “You have blankets, you have sheets, you have clothing all those things you’re going to be able to use to keep yourself warm.” He says bundling up with...
    (CBSDFW/AP) – At least three people were killed after a tornado tore through a seaside town in southeast North Carolina as millions of people in Texas remained in the dark early Tuesday amid subfreezing temperatures. The deadly tornado, which authorities said left at least 10 people injured, hit just after midnight Tuesday in southeastern Brunswick County near Grissettown in the Ocean Ridge Plantation Community. The tornado destroyed homes, downing powerlines that left thousands without electricity and snapping trees in half, news outlets reported. RELATED: Dallas And Fort Worth ISDs Cancel Classes Next 2 Days Due Widespread Power Outages, Winter Weather The county’s sheriff’s office called damage to many homes “devastating,” especially in the Ocean Ridge Plantation area. Authorities said at least 50 homes were affected. “It’s something like I have never seen before. A lot of destruction. It’s going to be a long recovery process,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said at...
    Power outages across Texas are worsening as some face a loss of electricity until Tuesday following a frigid winter storm that has gripped most of the Lone Star State. A total of 3.8 million homes are without power as of Monday afternoon, a number that ballooned from 2 million in the morning. Local authorities, who are scrambling to get control of the situation, indicated that at least 190,000 customers in the Austin area may have to spend a full night in subzero temperatures without heat. “The situation continues to worsen across TX and here in Austin," said Jackie Sargent, the general manager of Austin Energy. Bill Magness, the president and CEO of Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said, "Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now. Rotating outages will likely last throughout the morning and could be initiated until this weather emergency...
    Nashville bomber mailed materials with his viewpoints to acquaintances before explosion, FBI says Meet the Press host Chuck Todd grills GOP Sen. Ron Johnson over election conspiracy theory J.J. Watt Says Goodbye to Houston Without Saying Goodbye As the only franchise he's ever played for floundered around him, J.J. Watt has been tactical about how he's voiced his desire to leave the Texans. He's never actually said, "I want a trade from the Texans" or "I want to be released." Instead, he's offered quotes like, "I'm not looking to rebuild" and "I'm looking to go after a championship," neither of which the Texans are in a position to do as Watt enters what even he's admitted are the final years of his NFL career. © Provided by The Big Lead JJ Watt. | Carmen Mandato/Getty Images In the aftermath of what was likely his last game in Houston...
    Getty Derrick Henry celebrates a score against the Ravens. The Tennessee Titans control their own destiny heading into the final week of the season and can lock up the AFC South title with a win against the struggling Houston Texans. The game starts at 4:25 p.m. ET and will be televised on CBS in select markets. But if you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch a live stream of the Titans vs Texans online:Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageIf the Game is in Your Market: Amazon PrimeNote: CBS is live in most markets, including Nashville, Houston and every other NFL city Amazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch a live stream of CBS on the Prime CBS All-Access channel. You can try both Amazon Prime and the CBS Channel at no cost...
    Deshaun Watson’s 2020 season beginnings weren’t pretty. He spent a lot of time on the ground and not a lot of time dominating defenses like he’d proven capable of. Since Bill O’Brien’s departure, though, things are looking up for the Texans’ franchise quarterback. Sometimes, it’s not as simple as a cause and effect. Watson doesn’t appear to have changed his approach much as a player since an 0-4 start that saw O’Brien dismissed. But for whatever reason, Houston (3-7) enters a Thanksgiving game against the Lions (4-6) having won two of its last games and with its 25-year old star playing at the top of his game once again. Watson’s early-season struggles may not have all been O’Brien’s fault, but they definitely happened. We’ve broken down just how much better things have gotten for Watson since O’Brien left and why that may be. Deshaun Watson stats 2020 Let’s start...
    Unfortunately for the Lions and Matthew Stafford, the offense will be without playmakers Kenny Golladay and D’Andre Swift on Thursday.  With the Detroit Lions getting ready to take on the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day, some unfortunate news has arrived for head coach Matt Patricia. That’s because he’ll be without two offensive studs going up against Houston. Moments ago, the Lions announced their inactives for Thursday’s clash, with wide receiver Kenny Golladay and rookie running back D’Andre Swift both on the list. Obviously, this is a bummer for quarterback Matthew Stafford, as the two are key offensive standouts. #HOUvsDET inactives presented by Henry Ford Health System pic.twitter.com/I3hnbLiMBD — Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 26, 2020 The Lions will be without both Kenny Golladay and D’Andre Swift against the Houston TexansWhile the news was expected, there was still some hope the two would be able to suit up for the Week 12...
    With some NFL Thanksgiving action on the way, the Lions and Texans will get Week 12 going with a fun showdown.  It wouldn’t be a proper Thanksgiving without some NFL action being played for fans across the world to enjoy. Such is the case on Thursday, with the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans all set to face off. The season surely hasn’t gone according to plan for the two sides, as Detroit is 4-6 on the season and Houston holds a 3-7 mark. Come Week 12, Deshaun Watson will look to come out on top of the quarterback battle with Matthew Stafford. Which signal-caller will power his team to victory?What to watch for in Lions vs. Texans in Week 12Houston is coming off a surprising upset win over New England last Sunday, taking down Cam Newton and the Pats 27-20. In that victory, Watson looked outstanding, throwing for 344 yards...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns can hand off the ball to Nick Chubb again. Cleveland activated the star running back from injured reserve on Saturday, clearing the way for him to play Sunday against Houston after missing four games with a sprained right knee. Chubb practiced this week for the first time since hurting his knee while blocking early in an Oct. 4 win over Dallas. The Browns (5-3) were leading the NFL in rushing when Chubb got hurt, but Cleveland’s offense hasn’t been the same without the 2019 Pro Bowler. Chubb looked quick and made all his cuts without any setbacks this week, but coach Kevin Stefanski waited to talk to the team’s medical staff before deciding to put him back on the roster. He will return to face a Houston defense that is allowing a league-worst 159.5 yards rushing per game. Chubb, who ran for 1,494 yards last...
    By The Associated Press The Green Bay Packers are without their leading rusher for Sunday's game at Houston after Aaron Jones was ruled out with a calf injury. Jones has 389 yards on 75 carries this season. Pro Bowl left tackle David Bakhtiari is also inactive because of a chest injury, and the Packers are missing a couple of other starters in safety Darnell Savage and cornerback Kevin King. Texans tight end Jordan Akins is missing a third straight game because of a concussion. Cincinnati's already-inconsistent running game is taking a hit with Joe Mixon out with a foot injury. Mixon injured his right foot in last week’s loss to Indianapolis. Giovani Bernard, who has been used sparingly this season, will start in his place against Cleveland. Starting cornerback William Jackson III (concussion) is also out for the Bengals. New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is active and will start...
    The Green Bay Packers are without their leading rusher for Sunday’s game at Houston after Aaron Jones was ruled out with a calf injury. Jones has 389 yards on 75 carries this season. Pro Bowl left tackle David Bakhtiari is also inactive because of a chest injury, and the Packers are missing a couple of other starters in safety Darnell Savage and cornerback Kevin King. Texans tight end Jordan Akins is missing a third straight game because of a concussion. Cincinnati’s already-inconsistent running game is taking a hit with Joe Mixon out with a foot injury. Mixon injured his right foot in last week’s loss to Indianapolis. Giovani Bernard, who has been used sparingly this season, will start in his place against Cleveland. Starting cornerback William Jackson III (concussion) is also out for the Bengals. New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is active and will start against Buffalo after missing...
    David Bakhtiari is not even traveling with the Green Bay Packers this weekend.The Green Bay Packers will be without starting offensive tackle David Bakhtiari in Week 7. Bahktiari has been ruled out of the Packers’ road game vs. the Houston Texans. He did not travel with the team to Houston and thus, will miss his first game of the season due to a chest injury. Green Bay is coming off a brutal road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week and look to get right vs. one of the worst teams in the AFC. Now, the Packers must do it without Bakhtiari Sunday. The #Packers say that LT David Bakhtiari (chest) has been downgraded to out for tomorrow’s game vs. the #Texans. He won’t travel. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2020 How concerned should the Packers be about David Bakhtiari’s health?Though their next three opponents are not playoff-caliber...
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without three defensive starters at Houston on Sunday. Coach Doug Marrone listed defensive end Josh Allen (knee), linebacker Myles Jack (ankle) and rookie cornerback CJ Henderson (shoulder) as questionable against the Texans. Losing Allen would add to the team’s pass rush woes. Jacksonville (1-3) has four sacks, and Allen has half of those while getting the most consistent pressure of anyone on the defense. Jack leads the Jaguars with 37 tackles, and Henderson leads the team with four pass breakups. Jacksonville’s secondary already was thin after nickel cornerback D.J. Hayden (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. Without Hayden, the team was expected to have rookie Chris Claybrooks or newcomer Sidney Jones on the field more at Houston. If Henderson can’t play, Claybrooks and Jones would both see significant action. Backup defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale (ankle) was a...
    Getty Quarterback Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans. After a bumpy offseason, the Houston Texans will look to remain a playoff contender behind quarterback Deshaun Watson in the AFC South. In 2020, Texans games will be televised on CBS (11 games), Fox (3 games) or NBC (1 game). The full schedule can be found below. If you’ve cut the cable cord, here’s how to watch every Texans game live online without cable in 2020, including options for in-market or out-of-market viewers:Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageWatch In-Market Texans Games on FuboTVNote: Nationally televised games count as in market NFL Channels Included: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network in FuboTV Family; NFL Redzone in Sports Plus add-on. CBS, Fox and NBC are available in Houston and most surrounding markets. You can check local channel availability on FuboTV here...
    The Texans need J.J. Watt to be great if they want to field a top-10 defense. At this stage of his career, that’s more of a wish than an actual plan. J.J. Watt has the ability and drive to be an absolute wrecking ball on defense when he’s playing his best football. The Texans, more than any other team, understand just how good Watt can be. Unfortunately, they also know just how big a void he can leave when he’s not able to play. Strangely, the Texans seem unwilling to plan for life without the 31-year-old defensive end. The franchise is working hard to manage his workload during the preseason in the hopes that it will better prepare him to stay healthy for a full 16-game slate in 2020. Head coach Bill O’Brien recently told reporters that Watt is doing “fine” and that no one should read too much into...
    Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) Deshaun Watson can overcome the DeAndre Hopkins loss in fantasy football. Though losing DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in a trade for David Johnson hurts the Houston Texans‘ chances to three-peat in the AFC South, it shouldn’t mean the end of the world for Deshaun Watson as a fantasy football quarterback in 2020. Here is why he’ll still come out alright this fall, even if Hopkins now plays in the opposite conference than him. The Fantasy Footballers previewed the entire AFC South in their latest episode. The first team they touched on was the two-time defending division champion Texans. Though they have their doubts about Houston’s viability to three-peat with the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans also having strong teams, they aren’t all that concerned about a major Watson drop-off.Check out The Fantasy Footballers for all their advice.Had the...
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