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Millions of Americans are suffering from power outages and water shortages

Millions of Americans are suffering from power outages and water shortages 5

Millions of Americans are suffering from power outages and water shortages

Texas officials on February 17 asked 7 million people, accounting for about a quarter of the population of the second largest state in the United States, to boil tap water before drinking.

To avoid freezing pipes, Texas households must keep taps running to a constant trickle in their homes, causing the state’s clean water supply to drop to alarmingly low levels and tap water to no longer be safe to drink.

The blizzard is expected to complicate recovery efforts, especially in states less exposed to cold weather such as Texas, Arkansas and the Lower Mississippi River Valley.

`It really doesn’t look good for people suffering in those areas,` said Bob Oravec, chief forecaster for the National Weather Service (NWS), referring to the situation in Texas.

NWS forecasts that the next cold front will move into the northeastern United States on February 18.

A man wears a scarf on his head to keep warm in a furniture store used as a shelter for people without power in Houston, Texas, February 17.

The unusually cold spell is believed to have caused the deaths of more than 30 Americans, some of whom died while trying to use gas heaters in their homes.

The outage was especially severe in Oregon, where many people lived without power for nearly a week.

The state of Texas suffered the heaviest damage, where three million homes and businesses were still without power on February 17.

Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said water pressure dropped across the state as pipes froze and many homes left taps dripping.

A power outage in Portland, Oregon, and surrounding areas affected nearly 150,000 people after a massive snowstorm toppled many trees and damaged hundreds of kilometers of power lines.

`These are the most dangerous conditions we have seen in PGE’s history,` said grid director Dale Goodman, but declined to predict when all local residents would have power restored.

Millions of Americans are suffering from power outages and water shortages

Heavy snow fell in Dallas, Texas, February 17.

Power companies in many states from Minnesota to Texas must rotate power outages to relieve pressure on the power grid.

The weather disrupted water systems in several southern cities, including New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.

Nic Hunter, mayor of Lake Charles, Louisiana, said on February 17 that water reserves were running low and hospitals in this city faced the possibility of having to transfer patients to other places.

US officials advised most people to avoid traveling as many roads became dangerous and thousands of flights were canceled.

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