Today is Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Let’s get caught up.
These headlines are in the news this morning: As the power returns to Texas, the South is short on clean drinking water; Biden changes U.S. course with Iran; and Ted Cruz says Cancun trip was “obviously a mistake.’
Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.
Lights come back on in Texas as water woes rise in the South
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many of the millions of Texans who lost power for days after a deadly winter blast overwhelmed the electric grid now have it back, but the crisis was far from over in parts of the South with many people lacking safe drinking water.
About 325,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Texas on Thursday, down from about 3 million a day earlier, though utility officials said limited rolling blackouts were still possible. The storms also left more than 450,000 from West Virginia to Louisiana without power and 100,000 in Oregon were still enduring a weeklong outage following a massive ice and snow storm.
The snow and ice moved into the Appalachians, northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, and later the Northeast as the extreme weather was blamed for the deaths of at least 56 people, with a growing toll of those who perished trying to keep warm. Read more: