The first big 2021 winter storm has gripped the entire Midwest and parts of the South. It has spawned a tornado in North Carolina and brought traffic to a standstill in Kentucky, but perhaps no state has it worse than Texas. More than four million residents have had to deal with rolling* blackouts on top of the below-freezing temperatures and icy roads, which leaves many at risk now for exposure.
On top of that, cell phone systems and natural gas utilities have also been knocked offline. That leaves some Texans at risk with no way to call for help if necessary:
Elijah Dorminy’s family has depended on their generator to make it through the winter storm that has blanketed Texas since early Monday morning, and he is worried soon even that won’t be an option.
Living in north Texas, Dorminy, his wife and their four children are worried what will happen when they need to refill their generator with gas again. There is only one station with any gas left in Watauga, the suburb of Fort Worth where they live, Dorminy said.
“Pray for us, this is going to be rough,” he told CNN.
Texans have seen snow like they rarely have before as winter storms have torn through the state. More than 4 million people in the state were without power early Tuesday morning, as utilities have been knocked out or frozen over by the bitter cold.