For about a week, an Arctic storm raged in the United States. Atypically cold temperatures and snowstorms have covered half the country, but the worst is in Texas. The southern state's power grid failed to cope with the load, leaving millions of people without water, electricity and heat. Why did it happen?
First, the conditions are truly extreme. There has not been such a winter for almost 10 years, and in some places absolute records of negative temperatures have been set. Usually in Texas in winter there is a plus or a weak minus, and here in some places frosts are up to -20. Accordingly, the infrastructure and people are not ready for this. On the icy roads, dozens of dead, about 12 million people are experiencing problems with a shortage of water (pipes freeze), up to 3 million households were left without electricity and heat, people were forced to evacuate from their homes or warm up and spend the night in cars.
Those who have gas, but no electricity, warm themselves like this. Photo by Ashley Landis / AP