This Is How Many Texans May Not Have Power for the Super Bowl
As of the Monday before the Super Bowl, 34,000 Texans still do not have power. Some Texans, particularly around the Austin area, could still be without it through February 12th... which is Super Bowl Sunday.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration following a historic ice storm that ravaged most of the U.S., including Denton, Hays, Henderson, Milam, Smith, Travis, and Willamson counties. Texas was hit particularly hard and unfortunately has had an unreliable electrical grid in recent years.
The Texas grid is called ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. ERCOT does not actually cover all of Texas. El Paso is on another grid, and so is the upper Panhandle along with a chunk of East Texas.
Right now the grid as a whole is fine, but Austin Energy is a different story.
According to their website, "Crews continue to work 24/7 through complicated repairs. Based on current info, we expect to restore power to nearly all remaining customers by Sunday, February 12th."
AGAIN - Sunday, February 12th is Super Bowl Sunday. This truly adding insult to injury for Texas NFL and Rihanna fans. Especially those who cheer for the Chiefs or the Eagles.
Click here for a direct link to the Texas electrical grid where you can see live outages all over the state. And check out an article I wrote on Super Bowl LVII. It's everything El Pasoans need to know before the big game.
Man... sometimes it feels great to be an El Pasoan. Just hope that same energy can surround the entire state of Texas, soon.