Cold wave leaves one dead and over 4 million without power in Texas

Cold wave leaves one dead and over 4 million without power in Texas

The cause of death is believed to be “extremely low temperatures”, Houston Police Chief Art Svedo said on the social network.

PowerOutage.us, which tracks a power outage, said more than 4 million customers in Texas were out of power on Tuesday at 2:05 am (4:05 am ET).

Texas, United States, Faces Rare Cold Wave

1 minute Texas, United States, Faces Rare Cold Wave

Texas, United States, Faces Rare Cold Wave

The US state of Texas is known for its wide desert and strong heat waves. However, at the moment, it is covered with a thick layer of snow.

A widespread cold wave also affected northern Mexico in Texas, where officials said 4.7 million users were out of power on Monday morning. By noon service had resumed for around 2.6 million.

US President Joe Biden on Monday declared an emergency, unlocking federal aid to Texas, where temperatures ranged from -2 to -22 degrees Celsius.

According to the US Meteorological Service (NWS), the abnormal cold wave defect is an “arctic outbreak” that originates just above the US-Canada border.

The NWS states that such cold air outbreaks are generally confined to the Arctic region. However, one of these waves advanced through Canada and “survived” in the United States last week.

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