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* The cold blast caused by winter storm Uri is wreaking havoc – with Texas oil wells and refineries halted and natural gas pipelines and wind turbines frozen; nearly 5 million
* Texas households had no power overnight
* Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale opened the doors to his furniture store for those without power to take shelter
* Texas Gov Greg Abbott on Tuesday demanded an investigation into the state’s main power grid operator
* Officials in Galveston County said they were bringing in refrigerated trucks to handle the expected influx of dead bodies as a result of the storm; the storm has so far resulted in 15 deaths in multiple states
* Deaths included a woman and a girl who died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in Houston
* The Southwest Power Pool, a group of utilities across 14 states, were forced to impose unprecedented rolling blackouts because the supply of reserve energy had been exhausted
* The current crisis started to unfold when freezing temperatures that started at the beginning of the month sent prices for heating fuels, including oil and natural gas, surging higher
A Texas furniture store owner has opened his business as a shelter for those left without power in the state after nearly five million people were left freezing in the darkness as a result of the harsh winter storm there.
The death toll on Tuesday rose to 15 across multiple states.
Historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures created a surge of demand for electricity to warm up homes across Texas unaccustomed to such extreme lows.
That buckled the state’s power grid and caused the widespread blackouts. Some in Houston area could be without power several more days, officials there said Tuesday evening.
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