200,000 Texans Are Currently Without Power in Excruciating Heat
East Texas was hit with severe storms last week that left hundreds of thousands of Texans in devastating conditions.
POWER OUT FOR MANY TEXANS
After a severe storm last Thursday in East Texas, more than 200,000 people were left without any power. According to the power company, SWEPCO, 50 transmission lines went out due to tree damage. The company said they sent out 2,800 utility workers to help bring light and air conditioning back on for customers.
ENDURING EXTREME HEAT WITH NO POWER
However, days went by and many Texans were left to endure the extreme heat without power. Some customers say they received emails updating them with expected service times, however, on Sunday, over 160,000 people were still waiting.
POWER COMPANY ESTIMATING 8 DAYS WITHOUT POWER
According to another update by SWEPCO, they are estimating power to be restored by Friday, that's eight whole days after power went out.
“I mean there’s no place to go. There isn’t,” Barry Jenkins said. “There’s nothing we can do to try to change what’s happened except to try to take care of ourselves.”
DRASTIC CONDITIONS AS TEMPERATURES RISE
East Texans are trying to stay cool, however, things are getting extremely drastic as temperatures continue to rise. Supplies like generators and gas are becoming hard to find. Jenkins admitted, "Our cooling station has been inside a truck.”
Texans are used to the heat but without power, this could become fatal. “This is going to become an emergency the longer it goes,” Jenkins said.