Texas may repeat its electricity crisis if extreme weather hits this winter

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Mark Majkrzak is handing out water bottles to people in Austin, Texas, on Friday, February 19th. Majkrzak, the founder of Rain Pure Mountain Spring Water, said he drove from Georgia to supply the water.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Brendan Waldon repairs a utility bar in Odessa, Texas, on Thursday, February 18th.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Deloris Sanchez and Mallissa Lee sit on a couch while sheltering in a Gallery Furniture store that served as a heating station in Houston.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Vehicles stand still Thursday on Interstate 35 in Killeen, Texas.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

City workers repair a burst water pipeline in McComb, Mississippi, Thursday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Workers from the Metropolitan Transit Authority on Thursday shoveled the stairs to a subway station in New York City.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Emanuale Small walks up to a bus station in Roanoke, Virginia, Thursday. Small was going to a doctor’s visit and he was told that they would push time back a little for him so he could still cope despite the icy conditions.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

People seek refuge at a shelter in Galveston, Texas, on Thursday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Cars are driving slowly on an icy road in Washington, DC, on Thursday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Jose Blanco fills a cooler with water from a public park outlet in Houston on Thursday. Houston and several surrounding cities were under a boiling water announcement.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Thursday, snow falls on Times Square in New York.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Snow is being plowed outside the U.S. capital on Thursday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Jonathan Callahan expresses his gratitude after being referred to the warming shelter at the Johnnie Champion Community Center in Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday, February 17th. Some people staying at the shelter had lost power, water and heat in their homes after the winter storms. Others were homeless. Food, blankets and cots were provided.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Charles Andrews walks home through his neighborhood in Waco, Texas, on Wednesday. Millions of people were still without power.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Nathan Halaney and Katherine Pena are helping their neighbor, Brenda Davis, from the scene of a nearby structural fire in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Eric Traugott warms up his young son, Eric Jr., next to a bonfire made from a discarded wooden wardrobe outside their apartment in Austin on Wednesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Fallen and broken trees were seen over a rest stop in Huntington, West Virginia, on Wednesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Sara Castillo loads firewood into her car in Dallas on Wednesday. Castillo’s family lost their power on Sunday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Customers wait outside a Home Depot to purchase supplies in Pearland, Texas, on Wednesday. The store would only let one person in at a time because it did not have power.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

A family in Austin is melting snow on their stove so they could get water to flush toilets and wash up on Wednesday. Their electricity had been restored, but they still had no running water.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Kendra Clements visits dog owner Billy Madden – with his dogs Leroy Brown and Underdog – at Tribe Gym, a fitness center in Oklahoma City that has been turned into a temporary homeless shelter.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Manessa Grady adjusts an oil lamp while spending time with her sons Zechariah and Noah at their home in Austin on Tuesday, February 16th.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Maria Patterson is breastfeeding her infant daughter Tuesday at their home in Austin, which had not had power since Sunday night.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Electric service trucks line up in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Karla Perez and Esperanza Gonzalez are warming up at a barbecue after their power was turned off in Houston Tuesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon stands at his kitchen table to warm his feet over his gas stove in Austin.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Sunlight filters through steam in Omaha, Nebraska, where temperatures on Tuesday dropped to below zero.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Camilla Swindle sits in a shopping cart while she and her boyfriend wait in a long queue to get into a grocery store in Austin on Tuesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Brett Archibad entertains his family as they try to stay warm in their home in Pflugerville, Texas, on Tuesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Residents clear snow from a sidewalk in Chicago Tuesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Customers use lights from a cell phone when shopping for meat at a Dallas grocery store Tuesday. Although the store lost power, it was open for cash sales.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

A United Airlines jet has been dropped off at George Bush International Airport in Houston.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

A snow plow clears a parking lot in Columbus, Ohio, early Tuesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

City worker Kaleb Love is working to remove ice from a water fountain in Richardson, Texas, Tuesday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Steam rises from the frozen Missouri River in Kansas City.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Bethany Fischer washes her face while her husband, Nic, is lying on a mattress in a Houston church on Tuesday. The couple lost power to their home.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Houses in the Westbury neighborhood of Houston are covered in snow on Monday, February 15th.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Homeless James Derrick looks out of his tent in Oklahoma City on Monday. The city had gone a record five days without climbing above 20 degrees, and it was only expected to peak that temperature on Thursday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Motorists are taking it slow in Indianapolis on Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

A city employee clears sidewalks in South Bend, Indiana, Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Austin, Texas, is covered in snow on Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Eithan Colindres is wearing a winter coat inside after his family’s apartment lost power in Houston on Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Two women cross Main Street while snow falls in Bowling Green, Ohio, Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

A boy feeds his pigs in St. Joe, Arkansas, Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Ice copper a road sign in Midland, Texas, Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Kirk Caudill shovels snow in Louisville, Kentucky.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Vehicles clear ice at Nashville International Airport, Tennessee, Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Crews unload snow that they have removed from the city streets of Oklahoma City.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

People help a stuck motorist in Oklahoma City on Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

People are walking on a snow-covered road in Austin on Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Men shovel ice and snow in front of stores in Louisville, Kentucky, Monday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

A few cars are driving in San Angelo, Texas, on Sunday, February 14th.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

People walk into a Covid-19 test site in Seattle on Saturday, February 13th. Seattle reported more than 11 inches of snow over the weekend, mostly since January 1972.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Harrison Walsh is skiing at Seattle’s Pike Place Market on Saturday.

Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the United States

Cars are driving along Interstate 705 while snow falls in Tacoma, Washington, Saturday.

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