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Texas in declared emergency following rare winter storm; OU celebrates Black History Month

Today is Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Here’s what you need to know:

Good morning, 

A rare winter storm has knocked out nearly half of the wind-power generating capacity of Texas and pushed temperatures in southeast Texas down into the teens. 

Rotating power outages were initiated on Monday in order to conserve power, while more than 2 million Texans face power outages across the state.

President Joe Biden declared disaster in Texas on Monday as freezing temperatures locked up wind turbine towers and spiked energy demand. 

As the storm stretches across the central and southern US, more than 150 million people are under weather advisories in 25 states stretching over 2,000 miles. 

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Today is mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of early morning snow showers. The high is 26 degrees and the low is six degrees, so make sure you’re bundled up and staying inside by nightfall. (Courtesy of Scalia Lab)

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