February 18 – Chester Jones, who lives in Dallas, Texas, posted on social media TikTok on Tuesday (16th) for help, when the family had just used up the last piece of wood and his four children curled up. Shrink under the blanket and sleep by the fire.
Jones’s post is just a common example of millions of Texasans facing power outages for several days, with many turning to social media to show the damage caused by unprecedented snowstorms and freezing weather, according to Business Insider on the 17th local time.
Another video with 7.4 million views showed that the water in the whole kitchen of the family was frozen and icicles dripped on the cupboard.
The video was released on the 16th.
The hostess showed her house flooded and then frozen, and the audience could hear the hostess crying.
U.S. President Biden declared a state of emergency in Texas on Sunday (14th) as the state continued record low temperatures, causing at least 10 deaths.
The Texas Electricity Reliability Commission (ERCOT) began implementing statewide power outages on the 15th to protect the state’s power grid, which makes power unavailable to millions of people.
Without electricity to keep warm, people across Texas generally feel cold.
Most of the TikTok posts from the people of Texas in the past few days show that families are crowded together to warm up, chop wood and make a fire, and ask for help.
A total of 13.1 million views on TikTok with the hashtag #TexasStorm. The American Red Cross comments, encouraging everyone to stay safe and find a Red Cross shelter or heating center if they need help.
Cristina Marsola, 29, of California, posted a video while visiting her family in East Texas, saying that other TikTok users helped her during the disaster and “learned the truth about Texas” through TikTok.
Massola said: “People are losing their homes and lives. This is very sad.