Three Days In, There Is No Timeline for When Power Will Be Fully Restored to Texas

CBS 11 Dallas

If you live in the northern half of the country where winter storms including ice and snow are considered normal, it can be easy to poke fun at people who live in Texas and are struggling to endure a true winter storm like one they have not seen in years. There’s something important to keep in mind. Northern states are prepared for winter storms. Southern states are not. From lack of snow plows to power outages, Texas is experiencing problems beyond just cold weather.

If you live in Texas or if you have friends in Texas, you probably know someone who has experienced a power outage without the past couple days. For some people, power was only out for a few hours. For others, it’s been a day or more.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) admits that these power outages are unacceptable; however, they do not know when power will be stored to all Texas residents. There simply isn’t enough power to go around at the moment.

Although power was restored to 600,000 households by Wednesday morning, there are still about 2.7 million households that are without power. That’s a lot of people waking up in the dark and the cold.

For more about the power outages in Texas, watch the video below.


If you live in Texas and are without power, here are some tips to help you stay as warm as possible until power is restored.

  • Put towels or blankets under doors to keep cold air out.
  • Closing the curtains, blinds or shutters over your windows will also help your home hold onto as much heat as possible.
  • Wear lots of layers.

Do you know anyone who is without power right now? Does it surprise you that so many Texas residents are currently without power? What are your tips to stay warm in the winter when the power goes out?