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This information came from a briefing my council colleagues and I received this morning and also from subsequent press conferences. 

Weather
A National Weather Service representative said Houston will get up to around 30° this afternoon, icy patches remain, and temperatures won’t get above freezing today. Another storm is expected tonight/tomorrow morning which will bring freezing rain (no ice pellets or snow, just rain which when it hits the ground freezes - think slick and dangerous). Models showing this system to be colder and coming in earlier than previously expected. Expect treacherous,  icy conditions on the road Wednesday morning. Temperatures should rise to above freezing Wednesday at around 9 or 10 AM. By Wednesday midday, freezing rain is expected to turn to regular rain and rain will move out Wednesday afternoon. Could have light wintry mix/sleet Wednesday night. Weather updates may be found at weather.gov or Space City Weather.
Power
CenterPoint Energy currently has 1.37 million customers without power. They have been told by ERCOT  two large generators will be brought online today which will hopefully improve things and restore power to up to 400,000 more homes. Good news is our grid/electric lines have not been heavily damaged by this storm, so restoring power should go smoothly as ERCOT allows. Last night CenterPoint started restoring power to homes that had been without power the longest. They also had to cut power to others who previously had it. Further, CenterPoint is moving from an all-automatic system of cutting off and restoring power to some manual operations, which will allow them to target cuts to commercial areas and get more power to residences. CenterPoint officials stated they are directed to reduce load by ERCOT and couldn’t make any guarantees about when power will be fully restored.

I asked about people who didn’t have power previously and now do — can they expect to keep power? Answer: they couldn’t say definitively. There’s still a chance you could lose power again. All up to the amount of power ERCOT asks CenterPoint to shed. What was originally planned to be rolling blackouts for shorter amounts of time shifted Sunday night to longer, widespread outages as power generation facilities went offline amidst increased demand. There are a lot of questions and understandable frustration about why we lost so much power generation. ERCOT wasn’t on the call, but will hopefully be on the next one. 

Water
Twelve wastewater plants are without power, but running on partial power with generators - 24 other wastewater facilities are working fine. Some areas are experiencing low pressure, but overall the water/wastewater systems are holding. Drinking water operations are in good shape.
 
Other Services
TxDOT and the city are working to clear the transportation network, but resources are limited and streets are still dangerous. Roadways, especially elevated ones, remain hazardous. Do not let the sunlight lull you into a false sense of security, roads will likely freeze again tonight. Please do not travel unless it is an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra blanket, flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case you become stranded.

The Houston Fire Department is running 175% above normal calls. Over 2,200 calls just in the last day. Stretched thin and working hard - thanks HFD! They have responded to over 90 calls for carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and produced when you burn fuels through your grills, stoves, and generators. Using those devices inside can fill  your home with a lethal amount surprisingly fast. If you are warming up in your vehicles, do not do so parked in your garage - the lack of ventilation can cause carbon monoxide from the exhaust to re-enter your vehicle's cabin. If you are experiencing signs/symptoms, go outside immediately and call 911. 

There will be no COVID testing or vaccinations at city sites today and tomorrow.

METRO is not operating today, but is assisting with transports. Hobby and Bush airports are expected to open at 4 PM today. 

People who need power for medical reasons, please call 311/(713) 837-0311. The city will work to either get equipment to you or transport you to safety. Larger resident groups needing critical care assistance (nursing homes, assisted living facilities), please call the Emergency Operations Center at (713) 859-4257. 

I know this has been very rough. Please let me know how my staff and I may assist you. Please email atlarge5@houstontx.gov or call (832) 393-3017. Take care, check on your neighbors, stay off the roads, and be safe!
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