Fort Worth Skyline at Sunset
Deadly weather is set to hit the US more frequently and America should do better, experts said, as Texas and other states grappled with winter storms that passed the best-case projection by utilities, governments and millions of shivering citizens.
This week’s storms, more of which are moving east, fit a climate change climate change pattern of intensifying extremes. Once again, they prove that local, state and federal authorities have not done nearly enough to prepare for larger, more hazardous weather.
At least two dozen people died through fire and carbon monoxide poisoning this week as they struggle to find heat in their homes.
In Oklahoma City, an arctic blast sent temperatures in the state’s capital down to 14 degrees centigrade (minus 25 degrees Celsius).
Other Americans have also been in danger.
In the extreme cold all types of electricity were cut off, including natural gas plants, shut down due to freezing ice, and, to a lesser extent, wind turbines, which had become frozen and malfunctioning.
In Texas, where wind power is a growing source of power, wind turbines usually do not have the equipment for prolonged lows such as Iowa and other cold weather states.