Houston Police Chief Art Azevedo said on a social network that exposure to “very low temperatures” was the cause of death.
PowerOutage.us, which finds the power outage, said more than 4 million customers in Texas experienced a power outage at 2:05 a.m. Tuesday (4:05 am ET).
Texas in the USA is facing a rare freezing cold wave
Texas is an American state known for its vast deserts and strong heat waves. Now, however, it is covered by a thick layer of ice.
The cold wave that swept through northern Mexico and Texas on Monday morning had 4.7 million users. By noon, service had resumed for 2.6 million people.
U.S. President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency Monday, unlocking federal aid to Texas, with temperatures ranging from -2 to -22 degrees Celsius.
According to the U.S. Meteorological Service (NWS), an “Arctic eruption” just above the US-Canada border is responsible for the unusual cold wave.
Such cold air “bursts” are usually confined to the Arctic, thanks to low pressure systems, the NWS says. However, one of these waves advanced through Canada and escaped to the United States last week.