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With freezing temperatures expected throughout the day and weather forecasted at a high of 22 degrees and a low of 10, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) launched rolling blackouts, temporarily interrupting power throughout areas of Texas including the Crossroads today in order to lessen the likelihood of a total blackout for our area and most of South Texas.

Texas electric grid operators have launched rotating blackouts across the state after power demand reached an all-time high early Monday morning. Rotating blackouts are "controlled, temporary interruptions of electric service" enacted as a last resort in an effort to conserve power and meet statewide demand."

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Texans are without power this morning.

A complete city blackout on its own accord could potentially create long term damage to our electrical systems so controlled rolling blackouts are the best option for long term electrical safety.

The Texas Statesman offers via tweet from ERCOT, "According to a tweet from the organization, which manages the statewide flow of electric power, Texas set a new record power demand of 69,150 megawatts late Sunday. The record is more than 3,200 megawatts higher than the previous record set in 2018."

ERCOT asks for our assistance according to KHOU11 by

  • Turning down thermostats to 68-degrees.
  • Closing shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
  • Turning off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
  • Avoid using large appliances (i.e., ovens, washing machines, etc.).
  • Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
  • Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.

State officials also warn against burn gas appliances inside, as it could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

There’s a real possibility of downed power lines, which could be live and dangerous, too. If you see one, you’re urged to call 311.

Gov. Abbott issued a disaster declaration for all 254 counties in the state ahead of the forecasted winter storm. He is also requesting a federal emergency declaration that will help with the response to the winter storm as well as post-storm road repair. You may read that here.

ERCOT is expected to make a live statement at 10:30 am this morning. We will keep you posted.

 If you are currently without power, let us know on any of our station apps so we can share this vital information with the community.

 

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