One of the literal hottest stories in Texas trending right is the massive power outage to over 300,000 plus homes right in the middle of a HEATWAVE!

Texans are all too familiar with power outages with the most devasting outage occurring in Texas during a freak cold storm named Uri in 2021.

ERCOT now has the Texas Advisory and Notification System which you can view here.

Texas is also contending with its eyes on the tropics as a potential hurricane could be brewing, just 20 days after the start of the Texas Hurricane Season which begins June 1st and lasts through November 30th.

Our thoughts are with our Texans and neighboring states without power in the middle of this unbearable heat.

If you should find yourself without electricity in the middle of a heatwave, here are ways to keep cool. Remember, a heat stroke is an emergency so call 911 immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing signs of heat exhaustion, such as slurred speech or high body temperatures.

Here Are Ten Ways To Stay Cool In Texas During A Power Outage 

  • Move to the coolest place: Identify the coolest area in your home, which is typically the lowest level or a basement.
  • Use battery-powered fans: This is the time to invest in battery-powered fans or hand-held fans to circulate air in the absence of electricity.
  • Open windows at night: If the temperature drops during the night, open windows to allow cool air into your home.
  • Close windows and curtains during the day: During the day, close windows and draw curtains or blinds to block out direct sunlight and keep the heat outside.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and other hydrating fluids to keep your body temperature down and prevent dehydration. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages, as they can contribute to dehydration.
  • Use wet towels or sheets: Wet a towel or sheet with cool water and use it to wipe your face, neck, and arms. You can also drape it over your body or use it as a makeshift cooling blanket.
  • Take cool showers or baths: If you have access to water, take cool showers or baths to help lower your body temperature.
  • Seek shade outdoors: Find shady areas outdoors, and take breaks in these areas to cool down.
  • Wear light, breathable clothing: If you have to wear clothing, choose loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton.
  • Stay in touch with neighbors: Check on and with your neighbors. This is one of the best ways to share tips and resources to help each other stay cool during a power outage.

Temperatures in Lubbock today will reach 105 degrees and in the Crossroads, 102 degrees with a heat index at a whopping 120 degrees. 

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