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    More On: texas Marco Rubio says Biden has ‘unconscious bias’ after ‘Neanderthal’ smear Texas gov fires back at Biden: Releasing migrants with COVID is ‘Neanderthal thinking’ Fauci slams ‘inexplicable’ decision by Texas, Mississippi to lift mask mandates Texas power grid CEO fired after deadly blackouts during storm The Electric Reliability Council of Texas made a massive error that resulted in $16 billion in overcharges last month when millions of residents were left without power after a historic winter storm, according to a watchdog that oversees the power grid operator. ERCOT set the maximum price of electricity at $9,000 per megawatt-hour, which caused the massive overcharges from 12 a.m. Feb. 18 to 9 a.m. Feb. 19., Bloomberg reported, citing Texas’ independent market monitor Potomac Economics. The firm sent a letter to regulators recommending the pricing be corrected and that the $16 billion overcharge should be reversed. The...
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) voted to terminate its CEO following the failures of the state’s electrical grid during the February winter storm. Millions of Texas were left in the dark and cold while dozens died from the frigid conditions. The ERCOT Board of Directors voted six-to-one to fire CEO Bill Magness from his job as head of the organization, the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday night. The board handed down a 60-day notice of termination. Texas Observer reported Magness draws an annual salary of $876,334 — just over $73,000 per month. His two-month notice of termination is worth nearly $150,000. During his testimony before the legislature, Magness put the number at $803,000 “During this transition period, Bill will continue to serve as President and CEO and work with state leaders and regulators on potential reforms to ERCOT,” according to a statement from the ERCOT board. “The ERCOT Board is expected to...
    The head of the power company that failed Texas during last month's blizzard will not be in the position much longer. Electric Reliability Council of Texas's board of directors decided on Wednesday to exercise the company's 60-day termination notice for president and CEO Bill Magness. TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL LEFT STATE FOR UTAH DURING HISTORIC WINTER STORM “The ERCOT Board of Directors met this evening and directed the Corporate Secretary to exercise the 60 days’ termination notice to ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness pursuant to the employment agreement with ERCOT," the company said in a statement, obtained by CNN. "During this transition period, Bill will continue to serve as President and CEO and work with state leaders and regulators on potential reforms to ERCOT." It's unclear who will replace Magness, but "The ERCOT Board is expected to begin an immediate search for a new President and CEO, and will continue...
    More On: blackout ‘Total collapse’: Texas power grid came dangerously close to an even bigger calamity Ford asks dealers to lend F-150s with generators amid Texas power outage Texas energy grid restored, but 280,000 remain without power: Gov. Abbott Texas power outages fall below 1 million as winter storm blamed for over 30 deaths The president and CEO of the Texas power grid has been fired after mounting calls for his ouster following the deadly blackouts that left millions of people without electricity and heat for days in subfreezing temperatures. Bill Magness was given a two-month termination notice Wednesday by the board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a cooperative responsible for 90 percent of the state’s electricity. On Monday, the state’s top utility regulator resigned in the wake of the one of the worst blackouts in US history. ”During this transition period, Bill will continue to serve...
    The Democratic Party of Texas announced Tuesday that it was partnering with a national Democratic-aligned organization to train dozens of new candidates in response to what it said was "failed Republican leadership" in the days after a brutal winter storm left the state paralyzed. A statement from the state party indicated that it was partnering with the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) and had signed up more than 60 candidates to run for statewide or municipal offices. “In the wake of the deadliest winter storm in decades due solely to failed Republican leadership in the state of Texas, The Texas Democratic Party and National Democratic Training Committee know that winning elections has never been more crucial than it is right now," Texas Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “That’s why we created an innovative candidate training program to ensure that our candidates have the skills and resources necessary to...
    (CNN)Texas' attorney general filed a lawsuit against Griddy Energy and Griddy Holdings for "false, misleading, and deceptive advertising and marketing practices" after the company sent sky-high electricity bills to customers during February's devastating winter storm.As the storm rattled Texas' power grid, Griddy, which connects customers directly to the wholesale electricity market for a monthly fee, "passed skyrocketing energy costs to customers with little to no warning, resulting in consumers paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars each day for electricity," Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said in a statement.The lawsuit says Griddy misled customers and downplayed the incredible risk of its pricing scheme, which charges the most when customers are most vulnerable."I will hold Griddy accountable for their escalation of this winter storm disaster," Paxton said. "My office will not allow Texans to be deceived or exploited by unlawful behavior and deceptive business practices."The lawsuit comes just two weeks...
    More On: texas Biden tours Houston after devastating winter storm in Texas Ex-House speaker drops explicit message for Ted Cruz in his audiobook Biden and first lady to visit Houston, Texas today amid storm recovery Texas woman played grieving widow while texting hubby’s alleged killer The Texas energy company Griddy has been banned from participating in the state’s power market, according to a report. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas revoked Griddy’s rights to enter the state’s electricity market on Friday, because of a payment breach, Bloomberg reported. Griddy had previously said it would challenge the prices set by ERCOT during the crisis. The company has come under fire recently for spiking energy bills as high as $17,000 per customer during the deadly winter storm last week. The company is at the center of a $1 billion class action lawsuit. The suit accuses Griddy of price gouging and...
    New York (CNN Business)For Mason Ayer, the frigid winter storm that tore through Texas felt like yet another punch in the gut. Power and water outages made it impossible to operate Kerbey Lane Cafe, the small Austin-based chain of coffee shops where he serves as CEO. All eight locations were closed for at least a couple of days. Ayer estimated that during that time, the company lost about $294,000 in sales, plus another $13,000 in spoiled inventory. And because business interruption insurance typically only kicks in as a result of physical property damage, he's not expecting insurance to cover those lost sales."This storm hits, and it's the last thing in the world our industry needed," he said. "But it seems fitting, given everything else that's happened over the course of the last year." Kerbey Lane Cafe locations were closed during the storm.Restaurant operators in Texas were just starting to...
    A Texas woman has filed a $1billion lawsuit against electricity retailer Griddy Energy after she was hit with an 'exorbitant' $9,000 electricity bill during last week's devastating storm that left millions without power.  Lisa Khoury, from Mount Belvieu, claimed that her electricity bill soared from around $200 a month to $9,340 during the storm, according to the class-action lawsuit. The complaint, which was filed on her behalf in Harris County on Monday, has accused Griddy Energy of 'overcharging' around 29,000 customers 'knowing consumers would be harmed'. It alleges that some customers received bills of up to $17,000 and now seeks $1billion in monetary relief for Khoury and 'on behalf of all others similarly situated'. Lisa Khoury, from Mount Belvieu, claimed that her electricity bill soared from around $200 a month to $9,340 during the storm, according to the class-action lawsuit (stock image of power lines in Houston) Khoury claimed that she and...
    In sickness and in health: South Dakota man with genetic kidney disease receives life-saving transplant from his wife Dutch parliament becomes second in a week to accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, like millions of others in Texas last week, was dealing with water and power issues when the massive winter weather storm hit the state. Yet Murray, a Dallas-area native, wasn’t concerned with his own safety during the storm even as his power kept flickering out and his water wouldn’t heat up at his home. Instead, he quickly donated 60,000 meals to the North Texas Food Bank, he told the Arizona Republic on Thursday. “I know, not thinking about myself, there’s way more people that didn’t have food, don’t have the money to go get groceries,” Murray said, via the Arizona Republic. “They didn’t have power, they didn’t have water at all. So...
    The CEO of the group that controls Texas’s energy grid, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently amid the state’s power emergency. Bill Magness, the CEO of the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (CEO) testified on Thursday during a hearing in front of the Texas State Senate Business and Commerce Committee according to NBC News. During the hearing, Magness was asked by Texas Sen. John Whitmire (D) if he felt like it was his responsibility to ensure that the state did not have to experience mass power outages during the extreme winter weather that battered the Lone Star state and others in the South last week.   "It's our job to keep the grid balanced, and if I'm looking at it, the problem was at the sites of the various generation,” Magness said, according to the news outlet. “I'd just say, I feel a great deal of responsibility...
    THE Texas power grid was a mere four minutes and 37 seconds away from collapsing for a week or longer during the recent devastating winter storm.  It would have meant “total collapse” and a statewide blackout, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) officials revealed at an emergency board meeting on Wednesday.  3ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said the Texas blackouts during the winter storm were 'devastating'Credit: Getty Images - Getty “This was a devastating event," ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said in his opening statement, according to KHOU 11. "Power is essential to civilization.” ERCOT officials were able to prevent the statewide blackout by implementing controlled outages. Winter Storm Uri last week took 365 generators offline, which was almost double the outages that the Lone Star State experienced in its last massive winter storm back in 2011.  3If the power grid had gone out, Texans would have been without power for at least...
    A puppy in Oklahoma is defying the odds at just one week old, according to an Oklahoma veterinary hospital. Not only was Skipper born during last week's record-breaking winter storm, but she was also born with extraordinary characteristics: Two tails and six legs.  "This is a miracle named Skipper," Neel Veterinary Hospital wrote on Facebook. "Literally."  This is a miracle named Skipper. Literally. She has survived longer than we suspect any other canine has (at just 4 days...Posted by Neel Veterinary Hospital on Sunday, February 21, 2021 The extra appendages are the result of two intertwining congenital birth defects, according to the Neel Veterinary Hospital, which has been caring for Skipper. According to the hospital, Skipper has monocephalus dipygus and monocephalus rachipagus dibrachius tetrapus, which results in her having a single head and chest cavity, but two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, two reproductive systems, two tails and six legs....
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – As many people in the southern U.S. hosted neighbors who had no heat or water during the vicious February storm and deep freeze, Kate Rugroden provided a refuge for shell-shocked bats. Starving and disoriented, the winged mammals tumbled to the snow-coated ground as temperatures plunged to levels rarely seen in the region. READ MORE: This Isnt Right, Thousands Of Garland Renters Still Without Running Water “They burned through their energy reserves as they tried to wake up and get away from the cold and ice,” said Rugroden, of Arlington, Texas, one of numerous rehabilitation specialists nursing stranded bats plucked up by sympathetic people. “And there aren’t any insects out there for them to eat yet.” Bats are among numerous wildlife believed to have taken a beating in the South, a region unaccustomed to such a severe and prolonged cold snap. Many species migrate there for winter precisely...
    Ice and snow blanketing roads in Odessa, Texas, on February 15, 2021. Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP The winter storm in Texas led to the deaths of four migrants who tried get from Mexico to Texas. US border officials say they found one woman after her smuggler abandoned her. The woman said she survived on her own for six days and hid under rocks during the snowstorm. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As Texans braced in their homes for frigid temperatures in mid-February, smugglers continued to shepherd immigrants across the Mexican-American border, risking hypothermia, frostbite, and even death. Border patrol agents ultimately rescued over 200 immigrants during the severe weather and found the bodies of four immigrants who succumbed to the winter freeze, according to a press release from the US Customs and Border Protection. Border patrol officials said one woman was found in the Big...
    Enlarge Image Brendan Waldon repairs a utility pole that was damaged by the winter storm that passed through Texas on Feb. 18, 2021, in Odessa, Texas. Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP Four board members of Texas’ power grid operator announced Tuesday they will be resigning — a week after millions of residents experienced blackouts during a historic winter storm that brought record freezing temperatures. Sally Talberg, the chairwoman of the board at Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT, vice chairman Peter Cramton, Terry Bulger, the chairman of finance and audit, and Raymond Hepper, the human resources and governance committee chairman, will resign at the end of a board meeting Wednesday morning, according to a letter posted on the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ website. The board members faced backlash after it was revealed they all live out of state. “We have noted recent concerns about...
    GRAPEVINE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Grapevine Police are trying to track down a man they say took advantage of the power outages last Friday, Feb. 12 and broke into more than 40 storage units at StoneLedge Apartments. Grapevine burglary suspect (Grapevine PD). “Please help us identify this thief who took advantage of storm victims last week,” Grapevine Police said on Twitter. They say around 2:00 a.m. last Friday, this criminal was caught on surveillance video breaking into a storage unit. At the time, many residents were gone because of power outages and water being shut off from storm damage. While taking a police report, officers discovered more than 40 storage units were broken into. “Nobody deserves to be the victim of theft – but with all of the other storm-related challenges our community has faced – we really want this thief caught,” Grapevine Police said. The suspect was wearing red, black...
    More On: texas Texans emerge from deep freeze only to face astronomical energy costs Biden, first lady will travel to Texas this week to review storm damage TikTokers pushing Texas conspiracy theory Heidi and seek: Ted Cruz’s wife wants to know who leaked those texts Four board members of Texas’ power grid operator announced Tuesday they will be resigning — a week after millions of residents experienced blackouts during a historic winter storm that brought record freezing temperatures. Sally Talberg, the chairwoman of the board at Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT, vice chairman Peter Cramton, Terry Bulger, the chairman of finance and audit, and Raymond Hepper, the human resources and governance committee chairman, will resign at the end of a board meeting Wednesday morning, according to a letter posted on the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ website. The board members faced backlash after it was...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Four board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week.All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol.SEE ALSO: Gov. Greg Abbott calls on ERCOT leadership to resign during one-on-one interviewREAD: Public notice to the Public Utlity Commission
    By Paul LeBlanc, Samira Said and Deanna Hackney | CNN Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, left Texas and traveled to Utah last week while the state was being rocked by severe winter storms. Paxton’s campaign spokesperson, Ian Prior, would not tell CNN when the couple had departed or returned but said the attorney general “did not leave Texas until after power had returned to most of the state, including his own home.” “Attorney General Paxton attended a previously planned meeting with the attorney general of Utah to discuss several matters,” Prior said, listing a law enforcement scenario simulator demonstration and “strategizing” on a Google lawsuit as some of the reasons for the travel. Paxton’s trip makes him the second high-profile Republican to leave the state during the crisis, after Sen. Ted Cruz was spotted on a plane headed to Cancun, Mexico, last week...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton left for Utah last week while the people of his state were still feeling the effects of a historic winter storm. Paxton's campaign spokesman, Ian Prior, told the Dallas Morning News for a report published on Monday that his boss went to Utah on Wednesday in order to meet with the state's attorney general to discuss an antitrust lawsuit that several states are pursuing against Google and observe a police training program. "I cannot further share additional details or the specific reasons on the need for the meeting concerning Google as it involves an ongoing investigation," Prior added. Angela Paxton, who is Ken's wife and a Texas state senator, joined him on the trip. TED CRUZ BLAMES 'MEDIA OBSESSION' WITH CANCUN VACATION STORY ON ACUTE TRUMP WITHDRAWL' Randan Steinhauser, Angela's spokeswoman, told the outlet that she “joined AG Paxton on a...
    PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Plano Police Chief Ed Drain has initiated an administrative inquiry to evaluate the department’s policies and procedures and to see if there needs to be any policy adjustments. “We will continue to assure all Plano Police officers have the training and resources to maintain the level of excellence expected from them and to keep our community and our officers safe. We train our officers in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), which is the gold standard for law enforcement,” city spokesperson Steve Stoler said in a statement. READ MORE: Garland Taking Bottled Water Donations For Residents Of 6 Apartment Complexes Still Without Running Water Plano police followed, arrested and charged Rodney Reese, 18, with being a pedestrian in the roadway on Tuesday, Feb. 16. (credit: Plano Police Department) The misdemeanor charge against Reese has since been dropped. Police said officers received a call about a Black man stumbling...
    Loading the player... A teenager was arrested in Texas last week while walking home. Rodney Reese, 18, was on his way home from his Walmart job just a few blocks away when officers arrested him in Plano, Texas. The teen was forced into the back of a police car on February 16, charged with a misdemeanor, and spent the night in jail, per Fox 4. (Credit: Fox 4/screenshot) Officers claimed they received a phone call requesting a welfare check on a Black man walking in the middle of the street with just a tee-shirt on and stumbling in the snow. When officers approached Reese, he assured them he was fine but they decided to follow him anyway. An 18-year old black man — Rodney Reese — was walking home from work at @Walmart during #TexasFreeze when @PlanoPoliceDept officers charged him with “Pedestrian in the Roadway”, Tuesday. He spent the night...
    The family of an 11-year-old who died in Texas is suing power company Entergy and grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) for more than $100 million, citing gross negligence over the boy's death. Cristian Pavon died on Tuesday after a frigid night in his family's mobile home in Conroe, Texas. The home had been without power since the Sunday before.  As CBS Houston affiliate KHOU reports, the lawsuit claims Pavon died of hypothermia. A cause of death has yet to be released by medical examiners. The family is being represented by attorney Tony Buzbee. CBS News has reached out for comment. Pavon's mother, Maria Elisa Pineda Guzman, said the family had been sleeping in one room to keep warm. "He fell asleep. He had a shirt, a sweater, two pairs of pants, socks on," Pavon's aunt, Jaliza Yera, told K'HOU. His stepfather checked on him later...
    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a donation to a Texas women's shelter that was impacted by Winter Storm Uri.  Through the Archewell Foundation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex donated to the Genesis Women's Shelter & Support in Dallas.   The shelter's roof was damaged during back-to-back winter storms that hit the state earlier this month.   The amount of the donation has not been disclosed, but according to shelter representatives, the money will go towards helping them repair their facility.  Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a donation to the Genesis Women's Shelter & Support in Texas that was impacted by Winter Storm Uri earlier this month The shelter's roof (pictured) was damaged during back-to-back winter storms that hit the state earlier this month. The amount of the donation has not been disclosed, but according to shelter representatives, the money will go towards helping them repair their facility 'Today,...
    The family of an 11-year-old boy who died in the freezing Texas weather last week has filed a lawsuit against the state's grid operator the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and power company Entergy, alleging that gross negligence led to the child’s death. Local Houston news station KHOU reports that the family of Christian Pavon has filed a lawsuit and is represented by attorney Tony Buzbee. Pavon is believed to have died on Tuesday due to hypothermia after his family’s home lost power. His official cause of death has yet to be released, KHOU reports. According to the suit filed by Pavon’s family, the cause of death was hypothermia, KHOU reports. His family is asking for more than $100 million in damages. Entergy, in response to the lawsuit, said the company was “deeply saddened by the loss of life in our community. We are unable to comment due to pending...
    The arctic freeze in Texas caused refineries to release tons of pollutants into the air last week, Reuters reported Sunday. Reuters reports that refineries and petrochemical plants rushed to shut down as freezing temperatures spread out across the state and impacted the power and natural gas supplies needed to run the plants. The shutdowns resulted in flares, the burning and release of gases, in order to prevent damage to the processing units. According to data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the five largest refiners released almost 337,000 pounds of pollutants. The pollutants included benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. “These emissions can dwarf the usual emissions of the refineries by orders of magnitude,” Jane Williams, chair of the Sierra Club’s National Clean Air Team, told Reuters. Williams added that U.S. regulators must change policies that allow “these massive emissions to occur with impunity.” According to filings...
    As millions were left without power in Texas, the Astros did what they could to help. Two Houston Astros stars are doing their part to help out in Texas, as the state was ill-prepared for an unprecedented winter storm. The state’s power grid couldn’t handle the freezing temperatures, and millions lost power. For those whose power stayed on, they now face rapidly-rising energy prices in a capitalist nightmare. The effort from two of baseball’s biggest stars, however, is a rare bright spot in this catastrophe. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve provided 25,000 meals to children in need due to the winter storm. It’s a major impact on a severe issue for those in poverty. The price of those meals comes out to $50,000. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve come together to help those in need in the Houston community. ???? pic.twitter.com/mY36F4ieBB — theScore (@theScore) February 21, 2021 Carlos Correa and...
    A Vietnam veteran died in the Texas winter storm after he went outside searching for a way to charge his oxygen machine. The U.S. Army veteran suffered from pulmonary disease after being exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Toni Anderson of Crosby, Texas, found her husband Andy Anderson in his pickup truck outside their home, KTRK ABC13 reported. He went out to his truck to use a portable oxygen-producing machine after his main unit died during a prolonged power outage. “We just thought the power would get back on,” Toni told the Houston ABC affiliate. “We didn’t know the power would be out for days like it was.” After Andy failed to return to the house, Toni went to search for him and found him dead in his truck. “I went out there, he had no response. He was already cold. It looked like he was trying to...
    Talk about adding insult to injury. After a deadly winter storm left millions in Texas without power this week -- along with shortages of food and clean water -- some Texans are now seeing exorbitant electricity bills. The tabs run as high as $17,000, according to reports. That's how much Ty Williams, a resident of Arlington, told FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth his family was being asked to pay -- despite trying to conserve electricity during the storm. "How in the world can anyone pay that? I mean you go from a couple hundred dollars a month," he told WFAA-TV in Dallas. "There’s absolutely no way‚ it makes no sense."  Williams is a customer of Griddy, a wholesale electricity provider in the state. TEXAS POWER GRID STABILIZES, AS HOUSTON OPENS WATER DISTRIBUTION SITE TO 'OVERWHELMING DEMAND'  Griddy urged its customers to switch this week as wholesale prices skyrocketed during the storm, but Williams said...
    A woman walks on an empty street on February 15, 2021 in East Austin, Texas Montinique Monroe/Getty Images Cristian Pavon's family was left without heat or power amid a rare snowstorm this week.  The 11-year-old died on Tuesday, and officials suspect the cause may have been hypothermia. Pavon's family was among 4 million households that lost power across Texas this week. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An 11-year-old boy died in an unheated mobile home that had lost power in Texas during a massive winter storm on Tuesday, and officials suspect he had hypothermia. Cristian Pavon was one of at least 30 people across Texas who died this week as temperatures plunged and millions of homes went without power for days, according to The Washington Post. The boy's mother, Maria Elisa Pineda, told Univision her family lost power over the weekend and temperatures in Conroe, Texas, where...
    (CNN)From bursting pipes to delays for dialysis patients whose treatment can wait, a pair of Houston community hospitals Friday struggled with water and power woes stemming from freezing temperatures and winter storms. "You've seen this year that all across the country, people have stepped up and made things happen," Ben Saldana, the medical director for Houston Methodist's emergency departments, said of the latest crisis confronted by healthcare providers.Nearly half of Texans remain under boil-water advisories as water scarcity and freezing temperatures continue"We are the safety net for our public in the emergency department, our hospitals and doctors or nurses getting together to make sure patients have a safe place and are cared for," he said.Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist Baytown hospitals were operating without water until Thursday. Water was back on Friday but there were still issues with low pressure, according to Saldana and a hospital spokesman. "As more...
    Food demand is soaring in Texas amid a deadly winter storm that's left 500,000 without power, unable to eat what they may have had in the fridge for safety's sake. In the event of such an emergency, what can you keep and what should you toss?  Refrigerated and frozen foods may not hold up and have the potential to make consumers sick when the power goes out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends keeping thermometers in your fridge and freezer to ensure refrigerators are at 40°F or below, and that the freezer remains at 0°F or below.  Food will be safe to consume if refrigerator doors stay closed for four hours in the refrigerator and 48 hours in a full freezer, according to the CDC. (iStock).  LONG LINES FORM AT TEXAS GROCERY STORES AS FOOD DEMAND SOARS AMID HISTORIC STORM Further CDC guidance also suggests freezing containers of water...
    New York : Ted Cruz has a net worth that ranges from $ 1.8 to $ 4.4 million. Photo: Tom Williams / . As Texas is hit by a winter storm that has caused power failures that has left millions of residents without service, on Wednesday the senator Ted Cruz He left his home state and traveled to the resort of Cancun, Mexico, according to the newspaper The Dallas Morning News. After photos of Senator Cruz and his wife boarding a flight from Houston to Cancun were revealed, a fierce protest was unleashed on social networks. According The New York Times The senator returns to Texas this Thursday while the senator’s office issued a statement explaining the reason for the trip to Mexico. “With schools canceled for the week, our daughters asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good father, I...
    First responders rescued a dozen people in Tennessee on Wednesday night after heavy snow and frigid conditions caused the roof of a boat dock to collapse.  According to a press release from the Nashville Fire Department, both fire officials and rescue crews from the Office of Emergency Management responded to reports of people trapped under a roof that fell onto multiple houseboats along Blue Turtle Bay Marina in the town of Old Hickory, located about 20 miles southwest of Nashville.  The fire department said that upon arriving at the scene, those trapped within the 100-yard dock were not accessible by foot, forcing emergency personnel to launch rescue boats.  First responders rescued a total of 12 people, with the fire department noting that several of the houseboats were taking on water or sinking.  Authorities reported no injuries or hospitalizations. Winter Weather Causes Boating Dock to Collapse https://t.co/NAYOrVzjmt pic.twitter.com/2LfR9p1fOw— Nashville Fire Dept...
    New California bill would decriminalize psychedelics, expunge criminal records Cruz faces flak over Cancun trip during Texas crisis The winter storm and power outages across Texas pose a "significant" problem for Covid-19 vaccine distribution, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned. "Well, obviously it's an issue. It's been slowed down in some places going to a grinding halt," Fauci said during an interview with MSNBC. "We're just going to have to make up for it as soon as the weather lifts a bit, the ice melts and we can get the trucks out and the people out," he added. © Provided by CNBC Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a White House press briefing, conducted by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. The winter...
    A Texas resident who almost died in a car crash rescued 145 drivers stranded this week during winter storm Uri. Ryan Sivley did not think twice about helping when he saw hundreds of drivers stuck on the side of the icy and treacherous roads in Austin, according to People. Sivley used his four-wheel drive vehicles to rescue 98 cars on Monday and 47 on Tuesday. “Well, put yourself in their shoes,” he said. “If you were sitting on the side of the road with your wife and your kids and you’re freezing in the car, and it’s not running and you don’t have anywhere to go and you don’t have anyone to call, what do you do?” “I’ve seen wreckers turning people away because they won’t pull them out due to liability,” Sivley explained. “You need to stay in your car and just freeze to death? If I was in...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents assigned to west Texas have rescued more than 200 undocumented immigrants after most of them were abandoned by human traffickers as Winter Storm Uri slammed the area. A spokesman with the Big Bend Sector Border Patrol confirmed to DailyMail.com that border agents and local police discovered the dead body of a male migrant.  The victim's death was most likely a result of being exposed to the freezing weather. His age and nationality have not been made public. U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Big Bend Sector Border Patrol have rescued more than 200 migrants in west Texas who were mostly abandoned by human traffickers RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Nearly 350 Central American migrants are found hidden in TWO... Two more 'gang members' are arrested in Mexico in the 2019... Share this article Share CBP said that...
    Power outages have generated hundreds of cases of carbon monoxide poisoning as Texans turn to running vehicles and wood fires in homes to stay warm. A dramatic case took place in the early hours of Wednesday when Houston Police found a woman and child dead from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a running vehicle in their garage to stay warm. As Breitbart Texas reported, law enforcement officials near Houston also found families burning charcoal indoors. Mid West officers and HFD were dispatched to 8300 La Roche on a welfare check. Upon making entry they found two adults and two children affected by carbon monoxide poisoning. The adult female and female child did not survive. The adult male and male child were transported. pic.twitter.com/Fya63DSzLQ — Houston Police (@houstonpolice) February 16, 2021 While Texas officials have been sending numerous messages on social media, television and radio, those without power have not been...
    Texas weather: Power grid improves after days of outages causing heat, water and food shortages Bob Dole diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer © Alex Brandon/AP Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, on the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Alex Brandon/AP Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week, Fox News reported Thursday. His vacation coincided with one of the worst winter storms Texas has experienced in years. After days of outages, roughly 485,000 Texans still remain without power. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week while his constituents continue to struggle with one of the worst winter storms in years, Fox News reported Thursday. The news comes after hours of speculation on Wednesday...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Snow should start around 8 a.m. Thursday, but it’s not going to be terribly heavy starting off. The winter storm will last about 36 hours, but it won’t be snowy the whole time. There will be two or three hour breaks during the event. RELATED: Impending Winter Storm Could Lead To Record Monthly Snow Totals For Tri-State Area It’s also a modest snowfall rate. The snow is coming down during the heaviest times at a half an inch or an inch per hour during a four-hour span. After that, it will be very light, but it will last for hours. There is an initial burst with that heavier bout from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. After that, it’s very light and steady. RELATED: New York City, Nassau County Outline Snow Storm Preparations There is a Winter Storm Warning for central and northwestern New Jersey. Everywhere...
    MISSOURI -- Shovels and snow-blowers are coming in handy for millions of people digging out across the country this week.But, a man in St. Louis found a much more efficient way to clear the snow. He's used a blowtorch.Bobbie Bennett says he used the torch to melt away the snow and ice to create a path for his dogs.He said a 30 minute shoveling job takes only five minutes with the blowtorch.Until now, Bennett had never used this particular method to remove snow. But, he has used a torch to thaw frozen pipes outside before.
    The owner of a Texas-based furniture store chain is opening two of his stores as warming centers in Houston to shelter people from the winter storm. Many people in the area have suffered power outages that have lasted more than 24 hours, forcing them to seek refuge in warm areas outside their cold, unheated homes. Since many of these people have nowhere to go, a furniture store owner who goes by the name of “Mattress Mack” opened two of his furniture stores and turned them into warming centers, KTRK reported. “We’re here to help the community,” Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, told KPRC. “A lot of people are without power. Come see us until the power gets back on.” The warming centers are complete with food, hot chocolate, sweatshirts, coffee, and blankets. “The cold is bitter, so we’re opening up the doors to Houstonians,” Mack said, adding that...
    Guests at a hotel in South Padre Island were forced to deal with power outages, lacking water, and no hospitality staff amid a historic winter storm for the Texas beach community. Lighthouse Inn guests on Tuesday realized that hotel staff abandoned them without notice or instructions, CBS4 reported. The local news station spoke with guests who were forced to wear several layers of clothing and heavy jackets to stay warm. The guests also had a hard time finding food and water. Some struggled to find rooms at other hotels. Attempts by CBS4 to reach hotel management remain unsuccessful. According to various statements issued by the City of South Padre Island, the rolling power outages in the state and a series of water line breaks are now leading to water boil notices that remain in effect as of press time. The failure of the water plant in Edinburg forced city officials...
    The mayor of Colorado City, Texas, resigned after posting a social media tirade against residents airing their concerns for heat, power, and water shortages during the historic winter storm still gripping the state. “If you don’t have electricity, you step up and come up with a game plan to keep your family warm and safe,” now former Colorado City Mayor Tim Boyd said in a community Facebook group. “Get off your ass and take care of your own family … No one owes you or your family anything; nor is it the local governments responsibility to support you during trying times like this! Sink or swim, it’s your choice!” The town of roughly 4,000 residents utilizes a Facebook group, Mitchell County Issues, to trade information and concerns on a regular basis. Local news outlet KTXS captured the text of Boyd’s initial and now deleted post: No one owes you or...
    (CNN)As millions of Texans continue to grapple with widespread blackouts, new winter weather alerts from an incoming storm have been posted, and extend from Texas to New England, covering around 125 million Americans. CNN wants to hear your story about what you're experiencing during this extreme winter weather.The latest forecast for the winter storm is available here.For information on how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to stay warm during power outages, click here. Information on what to do while in the middle of a power outage is available here.
    More On: texas Texas mayor quits after saying residents are ‘lazy’ amid power outages Texas lawmakers want probe of power grid after deadly winter storm Texas officials race to administer 5K COVID vaccines after power outage Woman, 8-year-old girl die after running car to stay warm in Texas home A Texas furniture store has transformed into a shelter for residents without power after a historic winter storm that battered the state. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, opened up his Houston and Richmond locations for people in need. “We’ve got a facility that has lots of comfy furniture for you to ride out this storm,” McIngvale said in a video posted to Twitter. The owner said the store is also providing sweatshirts and hot food. About 20 people were seeking refuge at Gallery Furniture’s Houston location early Tuesday, with more expected throughout the day, KTRK reported. McIngvale...
    As millions of Texas were left in the darkness and cold during a massive winter storm, Texas leaders began pointing fingers and calling for investigations. The Texas Legislature will now address reform of the state’s electrical grid as an “emergency item” and seek answers as to why electric producers and distribution systems failed miserably. Texas Governor Greg Abbott blamed private power production companies on Monday, KTRK ABC 13 reported. He said these companies that use a variety of electricity production methods “fell short” and called the winter storm the season’s version of “Hurricane Harvey.” “The people who have fallen short with regard to the power are the private power generation companies,” Abbott told the Houston ABC affiliate. “There’s a separate part of the system that is not working right now, and those are the private companies that generate the power that goes into ERCOT,” the governor said. The winter storm...
    A major snowstorm knocked the "fast" out of fast food in Texas. A strong winter storm recently struck the Lone Star State, leaving millions without power. Due to the unexpected nature of the storm, many were apparently unable to prepare their own food. This seemingly led to many Texans to venture out into the cold looking for a restaurant to buy a warm meal, even if they had to wait hours to get it. A Burger King in Houston that still had power saw massive lines forming at its drive-thru, ABC 13 reports. Throughout the day on Monday, the drive-thru was reportedly packed with cars full of cold Houstonians looking for a warm bite to eat. MEMPHIS CHICK-FIL-A OWNER ADVISES CITY ON COVID-19 VACCINE LINES Burger King Sign and restaurant (iStock) Multiple times throughout the day, the drive-thru line reportedly grew to over 50 cars long, as seen in now-viral footage shared to Twitter. One...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It has been a snow-packed winter across the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys and another winter storm is on its way. All eyes have turned to Thursday’s winter storm. Colder air will settle into the region Tuesday night, which will prime the area for Thursday’s storm. RELATED: Holmesburg Bakery Cranking Out Traditional Fat Tuesday Foods For More Than A Century The Delaware and Lehigh Valleys should have their plows and shovels ready to go. The storm looks to start as all snow in and around Philadelphia, including points north and west of the city, during the morning rush. It will bring impacts to the region during the day on Thursday. RELATED: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Warns Of Possible $450 Million Budget Gap Periods of heavy snow is likely with this system. Rain and sleet are also likely to mix in sometime on Thursday. The Eyewitness Weather Team is...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Hundreds of thousands of residents are dealing with power outages and cold temperatures in Houston, Texas.So finding an open spot for a hot meal was the goal of many Monday - and it turned out, most found the same restaurant.Cars lined up in the street outside one Burger King location.The store was kept open by a skeleton staff doing their best to scramble to serve hot meals to hungry Houstonians."When you're hungry and cold with few options, waiting in line for hours for fast food doesn't seem unreasonable," one customer told our station KTRK-TV.From morning to night, the line only grew as the day wore on.At times, there were more than 50 cars in the line. The line at @BurgerKing is now over 50 deep. ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/S4ZH9V3ZSs— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) February 16, 2021Another customer said, "We haven't ate a meal all day so we're trying to get...
    Border Patrol agents working the Texas-Mexico border carried out multiple migrant rescue operations as a historic winter storm grips the entire state. Border Patrol officials responded to rolling power outages and provided assistance to local communities as frigid temperatures struck even the Rio Grande Valley. As temperatures fell below freezing, Border Patrol agents from the Falfurrias and Kingsville Stations carried out rescue operations on vast ranch lands located in Brooks, Kenedy, and Kleberg Counties in South Texas, according to information provided by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials. Two Honduran women called 911 and reported they were lost in Brooks County, about 80 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border. Agents began a search based upon cell tower GPS information. The information from the tower only provides approximate locations. Hours later, the Falfurrias Station agents found the two women 16 miles from their reported GPS location. Throughout Sunday night and...
    Over two million homes and businesses in Texas are without power Monday morning as winter storm Uri sweeps across the central United States. “The agency that oversees Texas’ electric grid declared an ‘energy emergency alert three’ early Monday after the grid experienced a systemwide failure,” the Weather Channel reported. The alert turned into rotating outages that are likely to continue through Tuesday morning, according to grid managers. About 2.5 million people were without power as of 9:00 a.m., the outlet tweeted: At least 2.5 million customers without power across Texas this morning. #Uri For context, historic Hurricane #Harvey resulted in 393,000 outages. pic.twitter.com/MHBA52RoLo — The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) February 15, 2021 “Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now,” explained Bill Magness, who is president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The report continued: Texas set a winter peak...
    STORM Uri has cut off power for 2 million people in Texas and has sparked a pile-up in Oklahoma as snow is dumped across the South and Midwest. President Biden approved Texas' emergency disaster proclamation as a major winter storm batters large parts of the country. 8The winter storm smashing through the country has caused terrible driving conditions and pile-upsCredit: The Weather Channel 8Vehicles work to clear an intersection during a winter storm in Oklahoma CityCredit: AP:Associated Press 8People play in the snow amidst persistent snowfall in Seattle, WashingtonCredit: Getty Images - Getty 8Several people have been hospitalized after trucks collided in fiery pile-up crash during 'dangerous' winter stormCredit: Oklahoma Highway Patrol 8Snow has been dumped across the South and MidwestCredit: The Weather Channel Ice storms, heavy snow and freezing rain knocked out power, closed roads and saw 1,000 cancelled flights in southern Texas. The rare deep freeze across the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland State Police responded to more than 750 calls for service, including more than 100 crashes as winter weather moved through the state Wednesday. According to state police, 758 calls for service came in between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday RELATED: Watch Live: Gov. Larry Hogan Will Have COVID-19 Update For Marylanders At 2 p.m. There were 102 crashes and 74 disabled/unattended vehicles during that time frame. #UPDATE From 4pm Wed to 10am today, @mdsp responded to 102 crashes and 74 disabled/unattended vehicles and answered 758 calls for service. Follow https://t.co/jxqlSYD4wc for the latest road conditions. #SnowDay #MdWx pic.twitter.com/vIR6ETv6oG — MD State Police (@MDSP) February 11, 2021 Snow emergency plans are in effect in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. RELATED: COVID In Maryland: Over 1.1K Cases, Hospitalizations & Positivity Rate Drop A winter storm warning is in effect for counties that along the northern...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland State Police responded to nearly 600 calls for service, including more than 70 crashes as winter weather moved through the state Wednesday. According to state police, 593 calls for service came in between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday RELATED: Maryland Weather: More Snow Expected Over Another Multi-Day Storm Event There were 78 crashes and 54 disabled/unattended vehicles during that time frame. From 4pm Wed to 5am today, @mdsp responded to 78 crashes and 54 disabled/unattended vehicles and answered 593 calls for service. Follow https://t.co/jxqlSYD4wc for the latest road conditions. pic.twitter.com/T1kCDRNE26 — MD State Police (@MDSP) February 11, 2021 Snow emergency plans are in effect in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. RELATED: TIMELINE: Snow Is Falling In Maryland. Heres How Long Itll Stay A winter storm warning is in effect for counties that along the northern border of the state. A winter weather advisory...
    According to KWWL, a local Iowa news station, Animal Rescue League of Iowa rescued between 40 and 50 dogs from a property in the state. The groups posted the information to their Facebook page. The team was dispatched as a recent winter storm began and was able to complete the rescue. More details are coming soon, according to the group. After the original post in the morning of February 4, the group sent an update, “UPDATE: After several hours in the brutal cold, snow, and wind, the ARL Emergency Response Teams are attempting to make their way back to the shelter in Des Moines with the dogs that were rescued today, but the blizzard is making travel extremely difficult. We are working to get all of our rescue teams and dogs (among 4 vehicles and multiple trailers) back safely and will provide another update once everyone arrives. Thank you...
    A snow storm that has been compared to a 'freight train' is barreling toward the Northeast, and could dump up to nine inches on New York City as the region recovers from a blizzard just days ago. The system is expected to create havoc for travelers on Super Bowl Sunday, which is traditionally the biggest day of the year for home gatherings -- though health officials are urging the public to stay at home this year due to the pandemic.  'Snow may be falling heavily at times along the I-95 corridor from Richmond and Washington D.C. to Philadelphia Sunday morning,' the National Weather Service said in a flash bulletin on Saturday. 'The storm will race north and east bringing accumulating snowfall to the NYC metro area and southern New England by midday and continuing into the afternoon hours,' the service said. A map shows the estimated arrival times of...
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Firefighters in Newark rescued a woman Thursday who had been trapped inside a van for four days. Janette Ward, who is homeless and had been living in the van, became trapped during this week’s snowstorm. Ward, a former teacher told police she had been calling 911 since Sunday with a cellphone she was using sparingly. She said she had almost given up after dispatchers didn’t send help, but she called one more time. “This morning, I prayed some more. I called again,” she told CBS2. “There was one person. God always has somebody. She said, ‘miss, I know what you need, you need the fire department,’ and she got in touch with the fire department, and they [were] out here in five minutes.” MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK New Pre-Print Study Suggests COVID Reinfection Is Not That Rare Catering Halls, Wedding Industry Looking Forward To...
    SANDWICH (CBS) – Demolition crews chipped away at a home along Salt Marsh Road in Sandwich, uninhabitable after it was swept into the ocean by coastal flooding after Monday’s storm. It was a terrifying sight for those who live steps away, seeing the home toppled over and exposed. “It’s definitely very scary,” said neighbor Susan Jason. “It certainly tugs at your heartstrings a little bit because a lot of people’s property suffered some serious damage.” Beachfront homes gave way, collapsing after being battered by intense winds and rain. Homes on Salt Marsh Road in Sandwich were damaged during a nor’easter (WBZ-TV) Sandwich Fire Chief John Burke says erosion along the shoreline has long been a problem here. “The storm did sneak up on us a little bit in terms of you know major storms we see damage like this, this was moderate, ” Burke said. “But...
    STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – There was a dangerous rescue in Stamford, Connecticut. First responders struggled to save a driver and her passenger from an icy pond in the middle of the nor’easter. Stamford Police say Ashley Lionetti, 37, was doing “donuts” in the parking lot of Cummings Park and drove off the retaining wall into the water. Lionetti vigorously denies that, telling the Daily News it is a “blatant lie.” (credit: Stamford Fire Department) New video shows the moment the truck went into the water Monday and started sinking. Now the driver faces charges. As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports, Stamford fire crews returned to the scene at Cummings Park Tuesday where Monday a life and death struggle played out in the 34 degree water. It ended with the safe rescue of a driver and her passenger trapped inside her truck. “Middle of a blizzard, we hear car in the water. Everything’s...
    STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – New video shows a dramatic water rescue in Connecticut. Fire crews responded during the peak of Monday’s storm, and found a woman standing in the cargo area of a sinking pickup truck. She told firefighters there was a man trapped inside. (credit: Stamford Fire Department) Using a 100-foot tower ladder, a SCUBA team was able to help pull both people from the frigid water. The man was taken to the hospital. As for how it happened, Stamford Police say Ashley Lionetti, 37, was doing “donuts” in the parking lot of Cummings Park and drove off the retaining wall into the water. More From CBS New York: Man Who Made Big Bucks Off GameStop Stock Sends Nintendo Switches To Children’s Hospital NYPD: Tyrone Cooper Facing Charges After Harlem Mother Brutally Attacked Outside Liquor Store NYC Sheriff’s Office Busts Illegal Nightclubs In Bronx, Queens  
    CONNECTICUT (WABC) -- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont activated the State Emergency Operations Center in response to the nor-easter.The operations center, which was already activated in a virtual capacity for the COVID pandemic, will remain activated to monitor and respond to conditions brought on by the storm.The governor is also directing Connecticut's Severe Cold Weather Protocol to remain in effect and be extended through 10 p.m. Wednesday.RELATED | Nor'easter bears down with heavy snow, strong winds across NYC, NJ and the Tri-State areaThe system will allow state agencies to ensure the most vulnerable residents receive protection from the severe conditions.Lamont is also urging people in Connecticut to avoid all unnecessary travel during the storm and to remain in place on Monday if possible."During this storm, we are expecting the rate of snow to come down fast, falling at rates of up to one to two inches at times, which will cause...
    The monster winter storm pounding the Northeast could dump up to 18 inches on New York City — and as much as two feet in some surrounding areas amid “near-blizzard” conditions, forecasters predict.  About 3 to 6 inches of snow already fell across the tri-state area as of around 6 a.m., according to Accuweather senior meteorologist Michael LeSeney.  In total, between 12 to 18 inches could fall on the Big Apple, and up to two feet further inland across parts of New Jersey and the Hudson Valley, the forecaster said.  It’s not yet clear whether this storm will set any records, but “it’s always possible, especially when we’re talking about two feet of snow,” he said.  “That’s all going to depend on the weather conditions as this storm sets up,” LeSeney said. Two men seen in Herald Square during a snowstorm on February 1, 2021.Robert Mecea for NY Post...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday night issued a state of emergency order due to the monster storm that’s expected to wallop New York City. Residents were urged to stay home during the storm — with all non-essential travel restricted beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday. “This is a very dangerous storm,” the mayor said on NY1. Only those seeking medical treatment or medical supplies and essential workers — such as first responders, pharmacy and grocery store staffers and restaurant and delivery workers — will be allowed on the roads. “New Yorkers should stay home, keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles and let our plows work to keep us safe,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Make no mistake: this storm will bring heavy snowfall and it will make travel dangerous in every neighborhood in our city.” The storm — dubbed Orlena by the Weather Channel —...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The School District of Philadelphia is closing all buildings on Monday ahead of the winter storm that is moving into the region — but students will not be receiving a snow day. The school district says with all instruction taking place virtually, there is no need to cancel classes and use a snow day on Monday, Feb. 1. Students are expected to sign on for classes and participate in teacher-led instruction in the morning. Teachers will then assign independent tasks to be completed by the students during the afternoon which will allow staff, students and families flexibility to safely engage in outdoor activities, weather permitting. The building closure includes all Family Technology Support Centers, District headquarters and all school buildings. The closures will allow for the safe clearing of snow from all roadways and walkways on district properties. The district says all staff members who are essential...
    WRIGHTWOOD (CBSLA) – Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders were delighted over the weekend as tons of snow filled the mountains of Wrightwood after a Southern California winter storm. “It was actually really fun because you can go out and do things but still be separated from people,” said Kaiden Owens, a La Verne resident snowboarding on the mountain Saturday. The fresh powder was a continuation of last week when some said it was the best snowfall they had seen in years. “Oh my gosh, there was so much powder,” said Snowboarder Gerald Norma. “It really allows you to freestyle!” Traffic was bumper-to-bumper as thousands were making their way up to the mountains. “We’ve been coming here for years,” said Neil Marcus. “People are saying they’ve never seen the snow this good in 20 years so we lucked out!” Locals said the San Bernadino County town looked completely different than last...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the Chicago area and much of Northwest Indiana from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.The warning goes into effect at 3 p.m. Saturday and lasts until 6 p.m. Sunday. Heavy, wet snow is likely.EMBED More News Videos A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the Chicago area and much of Northwest Indiana from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening. Cook, Lake , McHenry, DeKalb, DuPage, Will, Kendall, Kane, Grundy, Lasalle and Kankakee counties in Illinois, and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana are all under the Winter Storm Warning. Other parts of Northwest Indiana are under a Winter Storm Watch.ABC7 Chicago Meteorologist Larry Mowry said the heaviest snow is expected to fall between 6 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday. Snow could fall at a rate of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour during that time with total accumulations between...
    Enlarge Image Caltrans clears a mudslide where a vehicle was trapped on Highway 39 in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa, California, on Jan. 29, 2021. Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP At least two people have died during a winter storm that ripped through California this week, authorities said. A person who had been trapped in a flooded storm drain system along with seven others near a Mexican border crossing in San Diego died Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. It’s unclear how the group became trapped, but it’s been previously reported that people crossing illegally into the US take advantage when the grates open during heavy rains. Also in the Sierra Nevada, a skier died after he was found upside down in deep snow at Mammoth Mountain on Thursday, the ski resort said. The resort reported nine inches of snow...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – As more rain and snow are expected to arrive in the region late Sunday and early Monday, an even stronger winter storm could potentially bring “multiple feet of snow” from Tuesday to Friday, according to the National Weather Service Sacramento. A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect during that period. The foothills could potentially get up to 2 feet of snow while higher elevations may see as much as 7 feet of snow. ⚠️Heads up! After the upcoming Sun-Mon storm, a stronger winter storm could bring multiple FEET of snow Tue PM – Fri AM. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued. Major travel delays are expected with possible road closures. Travel is HIGHLY discouraged. Stay tuned! #cawx pic.twitter.com/k5uuuz35K1 — NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) January 23, 2021 Visibility is expected to be heavily impacted, with whiteout conditions, chain controls and road closures expected during the storm...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says it handled nearly 100 accidents during the winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on the state. KCCI-TV reports that the patrol assisted with 91 crashes and helped 372 motorists during the storm on Tuesday. Those figures don't include many other accidents handled by local police. In Des Moines, police responded to 93 stalled vehicles and 19 accidents. No injuries were reported. Snowfall amounts varied but some areas got more than 10 inches of snow. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Iowa, Associated Press
    More On: upstate new york 2 baby elephants at ‘heartbroken’ NY zoo die from lethal herpes strain Washington envoys will watch Monday recount in New York’s 22nd District ‘Like a bomb went off’: House explodes in upstate New York Mysterious ‘explosion’ from meteor rattles upstate New York Residents of Binghamton posted wild images of snow burying the upstate city, after Winter Storm Gail dumped more than three feet of powder in the region. The Southern Tier city had been walloped with 41 inches of snow as of 8:40 a.m. Thursday, according to a National Weather Service update.  One video posted to Twitter shows cars nearly completely covered in snow. One resident tweeted the more-than-waist-high pile of powder that greeted her when she opened the door. Another photo captures a man submerged as he walks to the town around 2 a.m.  The weather service reported an “intense snow band”...
    PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland State Police responded to over 1,100 calls for service, including 262 crashes as a winter storm rolled through the state Wednesday. According to state police, 1,159 calls for service came in between 9 a.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday There were 356 crashes reported to state police, 226 unattended or disabled vehicles and 17 roadside hazards. Among those crashes, troopers from the Frederick Barrack responded to 74, followed by the Golden Ring Barrack (48), JFK Barrack (35), Hagerstown Barrack (27), Westminster Barrack (26) and Bel Air Barrack (24) — MD State Police (@MDSP) December 17, 2020 In Harford County, snowplows made their rounds from Route 40 to the Pennsylvania Line, getting into some neighborhoods when they could. Yet, some cars ended up in ditches. Maryland State Police responded to 24 crashes alone in the county. In Jarrettsville, there was a crash involving a...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Later this evening and tonight, if you think you hear thunder or see lightning as the snow and sleet work through the region, don’t be confused, you most likely did! For the first time since 2018, we could experience a weather phenomenon called thundersnow across portions of the region. Thundersnow is an unusual type of thunderstorm, with snow falling as the primary form of precipitation, rather than rain. Just like a more typical springtime thunderstorm, you need lots of upward motion and instability in the atmosphere to get them going, and like a more typical thunderstorm, can dump heavy amounts of precipitation at one time. As our current nor’easter pushes through the region this evening, it will intensify. As this happens, the storm will draw warmer air into the mid and low levels of the atmosphere. That warm air will create a lot of instability, by...
    PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland State Police responded to nearly 500 calls for service, including 161 crashes as a winter storm rolled through the state Wednesday. According to state police, 489 calls for service came in between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. There were 161 crashes reported to state police and 60 unattended or disabled vehicles. #UPDATE From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., @MDSP has responded to 489 calls for service, including 161 crashes and 60 unattended/disabled vehicles. For the latest in state road conditions and travel alerts, visit https://t.co/jxqlSYD4wc. pic.twitter.com/KXwn03R4Xf — MD State Police (@MDSP) December 16, 2020 State highway and county officials are asking that residents stay home to help keep roadways clear. If you must be on the road, officials are asking that motorists avoid the plows so they can continue to do their work. Counties and cities have been pretreating roads since Tuesday. Stay...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- On the heels of indoor dining being suspended in New York City due to an uptick in coronavirus cases, outdoor dining is taking a hit as well thanks to the major winter storm hitting the Tri-State area.Upwards of a foot of snow is expected to fall in what could be one of the biggest storms to his in the past few years, and when just an inch is predicted, a "snow alert" is triggered that requires restaurants to remove or secure outdoor furniture and remove their electric heaters.As a result, outdoor dining was suspended as of 2 p.m. Wednesday when the Department of Sanitation's snow alert took effect.Narrow side streets have always been a problem for snow plows, and now, many of them have outdoor dining setups that present an even greater challenge.Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city now has smaller, more agile vehicles...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- On the heels of indoor dining being suspended in New York City due to an uptick in coronavirus cases, outdoor dining is taking a hit as well thanks to the major winter storm headed to the Tri-State area.When an inch of snow is predicted, a "snow alert" is triggered that requires restaurants to remove or secure outdoor furniture and remove their electric heaters.As a result, outdoor dining will be suspended at 2 p.m. Wednesday when the Department of Sanitation's snow alert takes effect.Narrow side streets have always been a problem for snow plows, and now many of them have outdoor dining set-ups in them, so the challenge could be even greater.Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city now has smaller, more agile equipment to more easily tackle side streets.That's despite cuts to the sanitation budget this year due to the pandemic.Additional preparations include anti-icing treatments,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Road crews are busy ensuring the highways are ready for the snow. They’ve been treating them all morning and are prepared to work long hours to stay on top of the snowfall. PennDOT is urging drivers to limit travel during the upcoming winter storm. They’re advising motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel during the storm, and they also say restrictions on trucks and other vehicles will be imposed on certain roadways around the state at 1 p.m. ▶At 1 pm 12/16/20, the #PATurnpike will implement Tier 1 restrictions.▶At 4 pm 12/16/20, Tier 3 restrictions will be implemented. Refer to the below maps & restriction graphics for more info. For more information:▶ Check https://t.co/8i0vVNj6EB▶ Follow @PATurnpikeAlert pic.twitter.com/mluLkz2HgJ — Pennsylvania Turnpike (@PA_Turnpike) December 16, 2020 PennDOT began brining the roads on Tuesday. They’ve got more than 400 trucks that are prepared to hit the roadways during this...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- On the heels of indoor dining being suspended in New York City due to an uptick in coronavirus cases, outdoor dining is taking a hit as well thanks to the major winter storm headed to the Tri-State area.When an inch of snow is predicted, and as many as 10 could fall in and around the city, a "snow alert" is triggered that requires restaurants to remove or secure outdoor furniture and remove their electric heaters.As a result, outdoor dining will be suspended at 2 p.m. Wednesday when the Department of Sanitation's snow alert takes effect.Restaurants will be permitted to reopen when the alert ends, which is anticipated to be Thursday night but could run into Friday depending on the storm's intensity.ALSO READ | Winter Storm Warning: Here's how much to expectIf the forecast calls for a foot of snow or more, restaurants must remove or...
    Hockey Hall of Famers: They’re just like us! Well, one of them sure was this weekend: Jarome Iginla, a member of the Hall’s 2020 class. Iginla was chilling at a rest stop in Lexington, Mass., during a winter storm Saturday when Boston television station WFXT asked to talk to him about the weather. The Edmonton native, 20-year NHL veteran and former Bruin had a wonderfully understated response. The station’s presentation matched the low-key vibe: “I like the snow, I like the winter, but not necessarily this,” said Jarome Iginla. “May be a little too much.” A snow-rain mix coupled with high winds, aka a nor’easter, created difficult road conditions across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, the station reported. Iginla offered advice on how to handle them. MORE: Iginla, Lowe part of 2020 class “Pretty tough, we’re from Canada, so it’s not too crazy,” he told WFXT. “I mean we got some winter tires. Used to this growing up...
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