Disaster declared in Texas as rare winter storm causes widespread power cuts, cancelled flights and temperatures to plummet to -5C | US News

Ice storms, heavy snow and freezing rain knocked out power, closed roads and noticed 1,000 cancelled flights in southern Texas.

Dangerous winter climate is extraordinarily rare as far south as the Gulf Coast. President Joe Biden has declared a federal emergency.

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The ice storms knocked out practically half the wind-power producing capability of Texas as the rare deep freeze throughout the state introduced turbine towers to a halt.

Rolling power outages have been additionally introduced in by the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) on Monday, which means hundreds went with out electrical energy for brief intervals, as temperatures fell as low as -5C round Houston and Dallas.

Common central and southern Texas temperatures in February often hover between 20- 24C.

An Arctic air mass inflicting the coolness gripped a lot of the nation, from the Pacific Northwest by to the Nice Plains and into the mid-Atlantic states.

Winter storm warnings have been posted for a lot of the Gulf Coast area, Oklahoma and Missouri, the Nationwide Climate Service mentioned.

Two people play in the snow in San Antonio, Texas
Two individuals play in the snow in San Antonio, Texas

Forecasts predict extra heavy snow and freezing rain to unfold throughout a bigger swathe of central and jap sections of the nation on Monday, with a storm entrance in the west probably to dump up to 60cm of snow in the northern Rockies.

Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the Nationwide Climate Service’s Climate Prediction Middle, mentioned: “Sometimes, we simply haven’t got fairly this a lot chilly air in place that far south.”

Practically 120 crashes, together with a 10-car pileup had been reported throughout the area.

The storm has prompted officers in Houston to advise residents to put together for power outages and hazardous roads – related to these skilled in the wake of a class 5 hurricane.

A huge ice and snow storm has reached Texas - as far south as the state's Gulf Coast in a rare weather event Photo: Andy Cox Facebook
A snowman in the shadow of a palm tree in El Paso, Texas Photograph: Brigadier Andy Cox, British Military

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a catastrophe declaration for all the state’s 254 counties, describing the situations as “extraordinarily harmful”.

A presidential emergency declaration permits the US Division of Homeland Safety and the Federal Emergency Administration Company to co-ordinate catastrophe aid efforts and present help, gear and sources to these affected by the storm.

Greater than 760 flights have been cancelled at Texas’ principal airport, Dallas-Fort Price, and 200 extra at regional hubs.

Into Tuesday, 20 to 30 centimetres of snow is predicted in central Oklahoma, and in Memphis, Tennessee, principal roads have been nonetheless impassable and queues have been forming at supermarkets as individuals rushed to replenish.

The dangerous situations have reached Mississippi, Kentucky and West Virginia too.

Earlier this month heavy snow disrupted the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in New York.