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South Winter Storm: It snows in Texas!?

KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
The South is getting record levels of snow and worse yet, due to crappy power infrastructure millions of people are without power.

How's people holding up?

I'm lucky where I haven't lost power, but keeping my electronics charged just in case. I don't have a lot of food that doesn't require heating though, so if I lose power it's some fruit, crackers and peanut butter.

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    Johnny ChopsockyJohnny Chopsocky Scootaloo! We have to cook! Grillin' HaysenburgersRegistered User regular
    edited February 2021
    The power company has been doing rolling blackouts in Nebraska, although I've avoided them today. Don't know if they'll skip me tomorrow as well, but here's hoping.

    Got down to -13°F today, supposed to hit -20° tomorrow morning, and that's before the wind.

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    ph blakeph blake Registered User regular
    We haven't lost power yet, which is frankly insane cause we always lose power.

    Just in case, I filled up a bunch of water jugs and spent basically all of yesterday baking stuff that can last a few days wrapped in foil (I am ready to live off banana bread for 4 days). Might as well use the oven while I'm able...

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    MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    I'm on the nearby hospital's grid, so I still have power, but the HVAC can't keep up so we're high 50's inside the house

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    LasbrookLasbrook It takes a lot to make a stew When it comes to me and youRegistered User regular
    Haven't lost power BUT I did lose water for 4-5 hours. Some pipes burst in the complex somewhere and they had to shut water off to fix it. I'm doing everything I can but I'm honestly real worried about the pipes bursting overnight as my kitchen sink is on an exterior wall. They made it last night but I imagine if I lose power overnight I'm fucked. Killed off the last of my bottle of Suntory to calm my nerves.

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    Devlin_DragonusDevlin_Dragonus Gorgeous Dallas, TXRegistered User regular
    I lost power at 1am, got it back at 5am, lost it again at 8 and got it back at 1.

    Lost it again at 3. I'm supercharging my car so if I need to I can camp in it, worse case scenario.

    Really regret not doing that hack to make my tesla a power wall on wheels.

    I got nothing for you now. Try again later.

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    ChallChall Registered User regular
    Oh I was in the weather thread but we lost power at 4 am and haven't had it back on yet, 18 hours on.

    I had Cheerios for lunch and a very fancy candle-lit charcuterie board for dinner

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    pookapooka Registered User regular
    i'm in New Zealand, so seeing my home states deal with this is surreal.
    talked my other half through stressing about pipes and power a bit ago. but the landlord is satisfied with dripping faucets, insulation in place, and other measures taken; he has, himself, been without power since Thursday, so we're feeling hashtag blessed our apartment still has it. the outages are fucking nuts; i very cynically feel that Abbott doesn't know wtf he's talking about, and who knows when power will actually be restored.

    i suggested old-school, hanging blankets or curtains to corral the heat where it's needed power or no, ie, out of our high-ceilinged living room. we're lucky to have a gas range, so sir will be able to cook and heat water, regardless. i think the only pipes on an outside wall are the outside faucet (with an insulated cover) and for the shower, so as long as the drip is going, it should be fine. fingers crossed. i'm glad that my constant chilliness and decorative impulses --with resultant hoarding of woolly accessories, blankets, and window & shower curtains-- gives him options. the cats have not been forced out of their habits, so even with the stress, their being normal kinds of weird is soothing consistency. i'll shoot him an email and reassure myself he's charging electronics, and testing batteries; growing up in tornado alley means we always have candles and matches, tho.

    in Oklahoma, my parents are buckled down, have a working fireplace, and fall between healthy disaster prep and hoarding, so they should be okay for the duration. OK at least has some infrastructure to deal. his parents seem to also be fine. i haven't checked in with any other friends and family, but those on facebook are just keepin on keepin on, seem to be safe, and enjoying as they can.

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    KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    edited February 2021
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    This is an outage map of Dallas.

    That oasis of power is one of the wealthier sections in town.

    Even if it was tied to a hospital, no way it covers than entire area, right?

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    BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    Everyone please stay safe and warm and be careful.

    And as a Midwesterner: Ha ha have a taste of our life!

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Bucketman wrote: »
    Everyone please stay safe and warm and be careful.

    And as a Midwesterner: Ha ha have a taste of our life!

    Totally, I keep my house at 60F and people are freaking at that temp! I start melting at 70F in any case

    It's -18F right now outside.

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    Bucketman wrote: »
    Everyone please stay safe and warm and be careful.

    And as a Midwesterner: Ha ha have a taste of our life!

    Totally, I keep my house at 60F and people are freaking at that temp! I start melting at 70F in any case

    It's -18F right now outside.

    If it gets below 70F I am miserable and wish I was dead. It was -4 this morning

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    jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    edited February 2021
    As a Californian I didn't expect to be impacted by this weather system at all, but last week I sent my laptop in for repair and wouldn't you know it, the repair depot is in Houston. Delivery to the depot was supposed to happen today but now it's delayed due to weather. Can't say I blame them, I wouldn't want to send out delivery people in that shit either and who knows if the repair depot/FedEx center even has power at this point.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Darmak wrote: »
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    Bucketman wrote: »
    Everyone please stay safe and warm and be careful.

    And as a Midwesterner: Ha ha have a taste of our life!

    Totally, I keep my house at 60F and people are freaking at that temp! I start melting at 70F in any case

    It's -18F right now outside.

    If it gets below 70F I am miserable and wish I was dead. It was -4 this morning

    ick, that blows.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    it is a balmy no degrees outside right now

    the degrees have all left they were unsatisfied

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    It's actually up to 14 now, and I'm at work driving around in a huge van from like, 1990, that has an amazing heater in it. So that's nice

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    Johnny ChopsockyJohnny Chopsocky Scootaloo! We have to cook! Grillin' HaysenburgersRegistered User regular
    Today I learned that -40°F and -40°C are the same temperature.

    This was a practical lesson, as that was the temperature this morning when the wind got involved. Without the wind, it was a balmy -23°. Whoo.

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    JragghenJragghen Registered User regular

    It's looking like power plants in Texas unplugged to avoid skyrocketing natural gas spot market rates that went to hundreds of $$ to avoid losses. @ERCOT_ISO
    has now passed an emergency order allowing them to charge consumers those spot market prices. Capitalism at its finest.

    Tweet is from a Texas political scientist.

    Power was cut off from natural gas power plants because Capitalism doesn't allow losses, and better that you suffer than the shareholders.

    The "and now we can price gouge customers" is the chaser.

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Cool, cool cool cool cool cool cool

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    BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    That feels like it should be illegal

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    OghulkOghulk Tinychat Janitor TinychatRegistered User regular
    Man, sure is weird how this keeps happening when we have a record winter event

    Weird how the power producers aren't required to weatherize appropriately for such an event

    Weird how deregulating a pretty clearly important public good can lead to disincentives that make situations like this so bad

    Only good thing about this is that Abbott is saying the private power producers fucked up we'll see if that means anything of course

    Also I spoke too soon last night. Power went off shortly thereafter. Still off after basically 20 hours. Went to my girlfriend's cause she has electricity.

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    PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    it's been in the upper 70s into the 80s here in florida and I fucking hate it

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    Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    I am regretting my hubris when we bought this house last year when I said a fireplace in Texas is pretty useless. Some of those houses we looked at are pretty appealing currently.

    Turns out you might need one every 30 years or so!

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    sounds like texas' power market is getting enron'd

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    PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Yeah ZestRegistered User regular
    I am regretting my hubris when we bought this house last year when I said a fireplace in Texas is pretty useless. Some of those houses we looked at are pretty appealing currently.

    Turns out you might need one every 30 years or so!

    55 gallon steel drum and some plywood will get you by. Just....not inside the house.

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    Kyougu wrote: »
    The South is getting record levels of snow and worse yet, due to crappy power infrastructure millions of people are without power.

    How's people holding up?

    I'm lucky where I haven't lost power, but keeping my electronics charged just in case. I don't have a lot of food that doesn't require heating though, so if I lose power it's some fruit, crackers and peanut butter.

    peanut butter and banana sandwiches are my go-to extended power outage meal

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    ph blakeph blake Registered User regular
    edited February 2021
    Abbott is making some cursory noises about how ERCOT is "anything but reliable" (yeah, no shit), but I would be utterly shocked if this leads to any actual consequences, reform, or regulations.

    Edit: Also still no power outages at my place at all, which is honestly kind of shocking considering we tend to lose power during any mildly intense storm. I think it's cause we're close to a grocery store + hospital? Only thing I can think of, that our section is somehow immune to any rolling blackouts and has somehow avoided any powerline issues this time around.

    Had to take in my sister's family since they've been without power for over 24 hours, and we're running some hot meals over to a family friend that's in the same situation. Only consolation is that at least the roads are mostly fine at this point.

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    WeaverWeaver Who are you? What do you want?Registered User regular
    As a person who escaped Texas, it really is the stupidest state.

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    Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    I am regretting my hubris when we bought this house last year when I said a fireplace in Texas is pretty useless. Some of those houses we looked at are pretty appealing currently.

    Turns out you might need one every 30 years or so!

    55 gallon steel drum and some plywood will get you by. Just....not inside the house.

    I mean, if I get to the point that leaving the house that’s in the mid 60’s to go stand by a fire outside in the 10-20’s, I can use my Weber to burn shit in.

    I would also like to point out that using plywood or treated lumber for cooking or heating purposes is not good, but if this were The Road or Book of Eli, wouldn’t think twice.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    plywood's full of glue right?

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    mcpmcp Registered User regular
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    I am regretting my hubris when we bought this house last year when I said a fireplace in Texas is pretty useless. Some of those houses we looked at are pretty appealing currently.

    Turns out you might need one every 30 years or so!

    55 gallon steel drum and some plywood will get you by. Just....not inside the house.
    Houston police have said folks have died from co2 poisoning from running cars in the garage.

    They issued a statement warning people not to use grills and shit inside

    Desperate people making bad decisions

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    MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    plywood's full of glue right?

    any treated lumber is bad for breathing and cooking

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    PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Yeah ZestRegistered User regular
    Yeah I would never eat plywood.

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    Yeah I would never eat plywood.

    Weakling

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    Yeah I would never eat plywood.

    god i wish i could believe you

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    rhylithrhylith Death Rabbits HoustonRegistered User regular
    My power is still holding up for the time being. I'm expecting it to go any minute now though, I've had it for about 12 hours.

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    PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Yeah ZestRegistered User regular
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    Yeah I would never eat plywood.

    god i wish i could believe you

    I only eat the finest hand-made artisan socks, and sometimes RDF.

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    Raw ConcreteRaw Concrete Registered User regular
    Power has been out for almost 24 hours now, and was only on for a few hours yesterday. Rolling blackouts would’ve been way better than this, sigh.

    Oh, come and shake me 'till I'm dry
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    Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    it's been in the upper 70s into the 80s here in florida and I fucking hate it

    Pip

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    PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    it's been in the upper 70s into the 80s here in florida and I fucking hate it

    Pip

    grass is always greener dawg

    I live in florida, and the prospect of cold weather at any point is something I long for

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    MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    it's been in the upper 70s into the 80s here in florida and I fucking hate it

    Pip

    grass is always greener dawg

    I live in florida, and the prospect of cold weather at any point is something I long for

    ain't the fucking time

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