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Lights come back on in Texas


Michael Reynolds with the West Virginia Department of Highways works to clear tree limbs from utility lines along McCullough Road after an overnight snow piled on already ice-damaged areas on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

By PAUL J. WEBER and JILL BLEED Associated Press

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.

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