A polar cold spell that struck the United States and parts of Mexico caused power outages and other restrictions. Currently, more than two million people in Texas do not have access to electricity, while in Mexico that number reached 4.7 million and has now been reduced to 2.6 million.
Texas was hit by a polar cold spell with temperatures between minus 2 and minus 22 degrees Celsius. The energy demands of the millions of households affected by the cold spell forced rotating power outages to avoid the collapse of the power grid.
“The Texas power grid was not affected. The ability of some companies to produce electricity has been frozen, ”wrote US Governor Greg Abbot on Twitter on Monday.
President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency to unlock aid to help alleviate the situation in Texas.