Over President’s Day weekend, Winter Storm Uri hit huge swaths of the country, causing damaging ice in the Northwest and dumping snow across the Midwest and Northeast.
Most affected by the storm is Texas, where millions of people are living without electricity, water and heat after the winter storm tore through the state.
The resulting power outages have left families in the dark for days, battling freezing temperatures without access to electricity, heat and in some cases, clean water, as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas works to restore power back to at least 668,332 affected customers, according to Oncor, the largest energy delivery company in Texas.
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A newspaper with the headline ‘Freeze Grips N. Texas’ is seen buried in snow in McKinney, Texas, on Feb. 16.
A man tends a fire he used for heat and cooking at a homeless camp in Austin, Texas, after the extreme cold snap.
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The Austin American-Statesman posted a video to Instagram showing lines wrapped around the block to get into a grocery store. Many stores are closed or can’t restock due to dangerous road conditions, causing some to face food shortages.
People wait in line for food at Gallery Furniture in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 17. The store opened in two locations as warming centers.
Owner Jim McIngvale, also known as “Mattress Mack” told local news outlets, “We’re here to help the community. A lot of people are without power. Come see us until the power gets back on.”
Tiffany Woodley (left) sits at a table with her family after spending the night inside the furniture store.
Propane tanks are placed in a line as people wait for the power to turn on so that they can fill them in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 17.
People seeking shelter from below-freezing temperatures rest inside a church warming center in Houston on Feb. 17.
Father John Szatkowski of St. Paul The Apostle Church in Richardson, Texas, pushes water from a broken water line on Feb. 17. Many in the area are still without water or dealing with burst pipes due to the cold.
People wait in line to fill propane tanks in Houston, with some standing outside for more than an hour in the freezing rain on Feb. 17.
A team of volunteers has been working to rescue thousands of “cold-stunned” turtles from the unprecedented storm.
Over the last week, more than 4,000 turtles have been found and rehabilitated from freezing waters by Sea Turtle, Inc., a conservation group in South Padre Island, CBS News reported.
After seeing a posting on Facebook, a woman drove to Arlington, Texas, to collect some of the dumpsters-full of ice cream thrown out at a supermarket on Feb. 17.
People wait to get propane tanks filled outside Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 17.
City of Richardson worker Kaleb Love works to clear ice from a fountain in Richardson, Texas, on Feb. 16.
A cycad tree is covered by ice and snow on Feb. 16.
A water fountain is frozen over in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Houston, Texas, on Feb. 17.
A person walks a dog on snow-covered streets in McKinney, Texas, on Feb. 16.
Ivan Gonzales (left) and his brother-in-law Gabriel Martinez assist a motorist by using a carpet to help them up a hill in Austin, Texas.
A nearly empty Interstate 30 on Feb. 15 in Fort Worth, Texas.
A pedestrian walks through the snow in McKinney, Texas, on Tuesday.
A truck plows the parking lot at Dickies Arena on Feb. 16 in Fort Worth, Texas.
A large trailer truck flipped sideways on Highway 59 in Pierce, Texas, after the winter storm left roads in dangerous condition.
Icicles cling to a home in McKinney, Texas, on Feb. 16.
People work together to push a car out of the snow in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 17.
Ice clings to the branches of a bush in downtown Houston, Texas, on Feb. 15.
A snowman holds a bottle of wine in honor of Mardi Gras on Feb. 16 in Fort Worth, Texas.
A person walks their dog through the snow-covered streets in McKinney, Texas.
Karla Perez and Esperanza Gonzalez warm up by a barbecue grill during the power outage in Houston, Texas.
Sam Patel (left) and Mike Bollin (right) clear snow from the front of the SureStay Plus Hotel. The hotel, located in Benbrook, Texas, is completely full with guests who have no power at home.
Chicago may be used to snowfall, but winter storm Uri impacted the Windy City, as well. Lake-effect snow dumped more than 17 inches in some areas of the city.
Orlando Flores — who recently moved to Chicago from Texas — digs out his wife’s car in Chicago.
A pedestrian navigates a snow-covered sidewalk in Chicago on Feb. 16.
In Athens County, Ohio, a parking meter is frozen over with ice.
A drone takes a photo of a snow-covered neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio.
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