- As the snowstorms and freezing temperatures continue to hit Texas disrupting supply chains, Texas is in danger of running out of food.
And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised over 1 million for Texan relief.
Things in Texas are bad right now.
With freezing temperatures and power grid failures, residents are struggling. And it looks like it could get worse...
As they're running out of food.
Our grocery stores right now in south texas pic.twitter.com/wPaOddOwuU— Lorraine Martinez (@LorraineM2010) February 18, 2021
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Right now, a winter storm is wreaking havoc in numerous southern U.S states...
And Texas is perhaps the worst affected.
According to The Guardian, professionals have noted that the heating of the arctic may be to blame for these crazy changes in the weather.
Especially for the snowstorms that have been brutally hitting the people of Texas.
They explained the situation:
"[Experts claim] there is evidence that the rapid heating of the Arctic can help push frigid air from the north pole much further south, possibly to the US-Mexico border."
Things have gotten so bad in the last few weeks that people have been forced to evacuate their homes...
And due to the addition of heavy snowstorms and below-freezing temperatures, the state has been left completely powerless in most areas.
And not only that, but twenty-three deaths have been reported so far...
Brutal cold hung over Texas and the central United States on Tuesday, bringing chaos to parts of the U.S. not used to severe winter weather.— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 17, 2021
At least 23 people died across four states, from icy roads and other weather-related incidents.https://t.co/o8gGy927p2 pic.twitter.com/YlB1XYtPDT
And as temperatures continue to fall, this number is set to rise.
Texans are doing their best to push through this difficult period...
We are deploying plainclothes officers in unmarked vehicles across the city looking for anyone burglarizing residences or businesses during power outages. This is a natural disaster and penalty enhancements can lead to 20 year prison sentences. If you need help there are services— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) February 17, 2021
But with little to no options, some have been forced to make do with what they've got.
People have been taking to social media to share their bizarre new living situations during the unbearable temperatures...
Update:— Castro1021 (@Castro1021) February 17, 2021
48+ hours without power..... pic.twitter.com/4No8rXxpNp
Including Twitch streamer Edwin Castro who has been playing video games and streaming in the comfort of his car due to the power cuts.
This Twitter user shared this shocking photo of their fan...
This is how cold it is at my Apartment.— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 16, 2021
As a Texan, yes, I'm certainly not built for this. I don't even care. pic.twitter.com/FMt8imglJp
That had literally frozen to the ceiling and had icicles dangling down from it.
This is something that hasn't been experienced for decades...
It’s so cold in my Texas town that this container of snow has been sitting in my garage for 2 days and has not melted 😬 pic.twitter.com/60lFBcQXTH— LoLo (@kacchanluvsdeku) February 17, 2021
And right now, people aren't quite sure what to do.
Because Texas is usually a very warm state...
Yes, I'm in Texas. Yes, we arent used to super cold temperatures. But I've never seen my pool starting to freeze. pic.twitter.com/DUcttqLWkv— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 15, 2021
And people are feeling very unnerved seeing their swimming pools become completely frozen over.
Who knows how long this nightmare will last...
But, it seems as if things are nowhere near close to returning back to normal.
And sadly, they could be set to get worse...
As supply chains are cut off, Texas is in danger of running out of food.
Though people online were quick to blame the lack of food on something else...
While the fact that residents have been encouraged to stockpile food is part of the issue that's causing empty shelves...
Grocery stores in Dallas, Texas 👀 pic.twitter.com/2EfPwpx7KV— trillkampaign (@trillkampaign) February 16, 2021
It's also the disruption to supply chains and power grid failures.
With ice and snow blanketing roads and farms, grocery stores have struggled to receive delivery.
Austin resident Cristal Porter spoke to the Texas Tribune about when she visited her local target and said, "It was out of meat, eggs and almost all milk before I left… lines were wrapped around the store when we arrived. Shelves were almost fully cleared for potatoes, meat, eggs and some dairy."
And stock levels have been further depleted by the power grid failures.
HEB Corpus Christi, Texas - never imagined I’d see this. Grocery stores depleted, no electricity, no water. Freezing cold. pic.twitter.com/WgJomTiYuz— OpenToListen (@OpenToListen) February 18, 2021
Refrigerators and freezers that are not linked to backup generators have stopped working, resulting in chilled and frozen food spoiling.
While a shortage of food will impact anyone, officials have warned about the serious impact it could have on vulnerable residents and those relying on food banks.
This is what the grocery stores look like in central and southeast Texas. Over a two hour wait to get in as people prepare for the next winter storm. Shelves are cleared, some gas stations are without gas, and some people have not had electricity for 36 hours. A disaster in Texas pic.twitter.com/tavCXF1sbn— Christopher Nunley, Ph.D. (@chrisnunley) February 16, 2021
Speaking to Fox 7 Austin, Texas's Central Food Bank said, "The Food Bank's fleet, equipment, facilities and operations have been adversely impacted by the extremely low temperatures, and hazardous road conditions are hindering our staff and volunteers from getting to our building safely."
The extreme winter conditions could also potentially have a lasting effect on farmers and growers in the state.
Praying for our friends in Texas, here is a live look at the grocery stores now. pic.twitter.com/yEETkVyLdo— Charlie Boots (@thecharlieboots) February 18, 2021
We hope that the people of Texas are holding up okay during these difficult times.
And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has done her bit.
Wow. We officially raised $1 million for Texas relief at 9:17pm. Thank you all so much. 🙏🏽 I’m at a loss for word… https://t.co/FHlZoEbYdG— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1613702961.0
By raising over 1 million for Texan relief in less than four hours
Such an unbelievable effort.
We’ve now raised $2 MILLION in relief for Texans & are adding more orgs.🙏🏽 I’ll be flying to Texas today ✈️ to vis… https://t.co/WYSnDnsCMU— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1613753965.0