Millions of people are without power in Texas after some of the coldest weather experienced in decades tripped many of the state's power plants offline. That prompted rolling blackouts that at its peak affected more than 4.3 million homes and businesses. Officials are warning the power may continue to remain offline for days to come.
Tricia Lancaster, a Dallas resident who currently does have power, told CNN, "It's like waiting for a bomb to drop. Like I have power, but I'm waiting for it to go off."
She described how her mother and daughter lost power, but hers remained on. She brought all her family to her house but that has presented challenges of its own.
"Who's going to pay for all this? we're leaving water dripping," she told CNN's Camila Bernal, explaining that they left taps on in her daughter's house so that her pipes wouldn't freeze. "I can't even imagine what the bills are gonna be. You know, we're trying to stay safe and not get together because of Covid now everyone's together. Um, it's bad."
"We knew for a week that this was coming... Why weren't we ready?" she added.
Watch the full interview below: