Dorminy, his wife and their four children are worried what will happen when they need to refill their generator with gas again. Only one gas station still had fuel in Watauga, the suburb of Fort Worth where they live, Dorminy said.
“Pray for us, this is going to be rough,” he told CNN.
Up to 6 more inches of snow could fall in the Dallas/Fort Worth area while freezing rain is forecast for Austin, San Antonio and Houston.
Water shut off in Abilene
The loss of power to three of the Abilene’s water treatment plants has forced the city to shut off water, according to a statement.
“It is not known exactly when power and subsequent water service will be returned to Abilene water customers,” the city said.
When it is returned, a boil water notice will be in effect, according to the statement. Abilene has a population of approximately 123,000 according to the Census Bureau. The city is located about 150 miles west of Fort Worth.
Customers should bring water to a vigorous boil for at least two minutes before consumption.
Texans with electricity are asked to conserve as much as possible in an effort to relieve the demand on the state’s power grid and help restore service,” according to the city’s statement.
State’s largest school district closes
Several of the state’s school districts announced that classes — both in-person and virtual — will be canceled due to the weather.
The Houston Independent School District, the largest in the state, will be closed Tuesday due to freezing weather, according to a message on the district’s website.
To the north, the Dallas Independent School District, as well as the neighboring Arlington and Fort Worth Independent School Districts also will be closed Tuesday, according to statements on the district’s websites.
Fort Worth’s closures run through Wednesday while Dallas schools are closed through Thursday.
Covid-19 vaccines and appointments at risk
The storm has complicated Covid-19 vaccinations, causing appointments to be postponed and threatening supplies.
“With the current icy conditions expected to remain until at least tomorrow, we want to ensure the safety of the public. We also want to remind the public who may be concerned about the small delay for their second dose, that we are still within CDC guidelines to ensure the vaccine will still work with no issues,” the release stated.
After power was lost at the Harris County Public Health Department Building and backup generators failed, officials had to race to allocate and save 8,400 vaccines before they spoiled, Harris County Judge Lena Hidalgo said Monday.
Harris County officials settled on Houston’s Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Methodist Hospitals, as well as Rice University and the Harris County Jail as the locations to receive the vaccine overnight, Hidalgo said.
CNN’s Keith Allen, Jason Hanna, Amanda Jackson, Ed Lavandera, Rebekah Riess and Amir Vera contributed to this report.