Houston, Texas, prepares for another frigid day

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Houston, Texas, prepares for another frigid day
Foto: Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Harris.
  • The Houston, Texas metropolitan area will receive another onslaught of extreme cold temperatures Thursday night.
  • According to the National Weather Service, the temperature will drop to 15 degrees Fahrenheit and a lot of wind.
  • The authorities ask the population to seek shelter early and not leave until Friday.

The night of Thursday, February 18, 2021, brings another frigid day with low temperatures for the Houston, Texas metropolitan area.

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According to scientists from National Meteorological Center (NWS, for its acronym in English) temperatures will drop from 15 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit which is -3 to -9 degrees Celsius.

The greater Houston area and other cities such as Sugar Land, Pasadena, Baytown, Katy, Conroe, Pearland and Galveston will have the brutal decline from midnight on Thursday until 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19.

The good news that the NWS offers, although it seems paradoxical, is that the Houston metropolitan area will not receive precipitation of rain, ice and snow except in some hilly areas on the outskirts of the city. Although, yes, a lot of wind.

Another good news for residents in Houston and the suburbs is that, according to the company Center Point Energy in a statement, only 31,000 homes remain without power at the time of writing.

However, there are other cities in Texas that are still in the dark without being able to heat up because they lack heating.

Faced with the dramatic power failure, President Joe Biden ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to send electric generators to Texas.

Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the White House, reported through a statement that the generators have been assisting the Texas power service since Wednesday, February 17, in which those that are damaged by the storm can be connected.

The night of Thursday, February 18, 2021, brings another frigid day with low temperatures for the Houston, Texas metropolitan area.

Various authorities in the Houston metropolitan area are assisting the population by distributing water and blankets for people to spend the night on Thursday that is predicted brutally cold. (Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

In addition to the generators shipped to Texas, FEMA also carries extra diesel shipments to assist in the shortage of hydrocarbon, gallons of water supplies, and thousands of blankets.

The situation of desperation and hopelessness among the population due to the brutal cold wave that falls on the metropolitan area of ​​Houston, Texas, that the mental health of some people is already being affected.

Ed González, from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO, for its acronym in English) revealed that in the last 24 hours they have had to answer 3 emergency calls by people who committed suicide by gunshots and three more died frozen in their homes.

In addition, the HCSO agents together with the Houston Police Department (HPD), among other corporations, continue to patrol the streets picking up the homeless to take them to shelters.

An elderly, homeless woman, who lives on Bellaire Street in Houston, has coped with the cold by taking shelter only with an umbrella. Neighbors have asked the authorities to take her to a shelter. (Photo: Courtesy of Karen Estefany)

On top of that we must add the crisis due to lack of water since all the cities of the metropolitan area have a shortage of liquid due to hundreds of pipe ruptures that did not withstand the pressure of extreme cold.

Houston Texas. Lina Hidalgo, judge of the Harris County and the highest authority in the entity, had warned since Saturday, February 13, 201 that the cold wave would be a worse catastrophe when a hurricane arrives and urged the population to save water.

Now the authorities have asked all people who have a limited supply of water to boil the liquid for at least a minute at high temperatures to avoid illness as it could be contaminated.

The water must be boiled before any type of human consumption, from drinking to brushing teeth, cleaning the face, hands or the rest of the body, without exception.

Scientists warned the population of the cold wind arriving in Houston, Texas, on Thursday night, brutally lowering the thermometers again. (Photo: National Meteorological Service.)

To the crisis due to the arrival of the brutal cold front, frozen roads and roads, the lack of water and emotional tension, now we must also add the shortage of basic food because the precise distribution chains have been broken.

Houston Texas. Jorge Contreras is a painter and father of a family, together with his wife, of three little girls. The Contreras have been without electricity or water since Sunday, February 14, and now their food rations have started to drop alarmingly.

The family lives in the southwest of Houston and Patriarch Jorge Contreras has gone out every day to look for food to provide for his family. At the neighborhood butcher shop, he found empty shelves.

“We are never prepared!” says Contreras desperately and details his odyssey of “miles and miles in search of gasoline, the traffic lights do not work, lines and lines to enter the stores and find the empty shelves.”

Contreras revealed that he did find an open butcher but there was almost nothing to buy. No meat, no tortillas, no juice, no milk. He could only take a few cans of soup and a few vegetables. “Something is something” says the painter with the hope of not leaving his family helpless. Houston Texas.

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