Power Outages, Boil Notices Continue for Many Americans as Second Storm Hits East Coast – A fresh winter storm pounded large parts of the U.S. with snow, freezing rain and extreme temperatures Thursday, as hundreds of thousands of Americans remained without power and millions of Texans were under a boil-water notice.
More than 350,000 customers in Texas still had no power as they waited out ice-cold weather, according to data from poweroutage.us. While many had been without electricity for days, over two million customers had their power restored since Wednesday and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it had made significant progress.
Nearly 90,000 customers in Oregon were without power, while more than 100,000 customers in both Mississippi and Louisiana had no electricity after earlier snowfall and ice accumulation disrupted the grid and power lines. Kentucky, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio were also reporting outages.
At Port Houston in Texas, a key hub for U.S. energy exports, public terminals and truck offices were closed Thursday because of lack of power and water. Officials said they were monitoring conditions.