TEXAS' freezing temperatures continue to wreak havoc on it's residents, however, sea animals are also suffering from the winter blast.
A nonprofit organization rescued more than a thousand sea turtles from nearby waters to avoid the reptile from suffering from "cold-stun".
What happened to the sea turtles in Texas?
The nonprofit organization, Sea Turtle Inc, in the South Padre Island, rescued more than 2,500 at risk turtles from nearby waters.
Volunteers continue to scout the bays and beaches for any stranded turtles who could be suffering from "cold-stun," which is a condition that inhibits the animals mobility.
Sea turtles' body temperatures vary with surrounding water.
At very low temperatures, like the one the state of Texas is experiencing, turtles can become cold-stunned.
According to the National Park Service, cold-stunned turtles are not able to move well, they become lethargic and often float to the surface or wash up onshore.
As a result, cold-stunned turtles can die from shock or predation, or from boat strikes.
How many animals have died due to the freezing temperatures?
Several primate animals froze to death at a primate sanctuary in San Antonio.
Among the casualties were a chimpanzee, many monkeys, some lemurs and countless birds.
"I never, ever thought my office would turn into a morgue, but it has," Brooke Chavez, executive director of Primarily Primates, told the San Antonio Express-News.
After the power went out on February 15, Chavez and her team of 12 sprang to action.
They began gathering generators, space heaters, propane tanks and blankets to keep their 400 animals warm, the outlet reported.
However as temperatures continued to plummet, the plan moved from preservation to evacuation.
"I've never faced a decision like this," Chavez told the newspaper.
"Having to decide who we can save, depending on the predictability of which animals we can catch. It was while mobilizing for transport that the team began to find dead animals.
"Someone asked me how many animals have died. I don't know yet. I know we lost lots of monkeys, lemurs and tropical birds," she added.
When will power be restored in Texas?
Over half a million Texas resident have gone four straight days without power – after Winter Storm Uri blasted the state with snow and freezing temperatures – leaving 23 dead including six from CO poisoning.
Extreme winter weather, frozen wind turbines and high demand for electricity have led to rolling power blackouts.
On Thursday, February 17, more than half a million people across the state are still without power as the mercury dropped to just five degrees in Dallas with thick snow falling across Texas.
This was down from 4.16 households at the beginning of Tuesday, according to poweroutage.us.
Rolling power blackouts were ordered as the governor was forced to call in the National Guard to help.
All of Texas is under a winter storm warning, and President Joe Biden declared an emergency in the state.
Snow fell for just the second time since 1898 in Brownsville, Texas.
Texas's power grid operators cannot predict when outages might end, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) officials said on Tuesday, February 16.
ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said: “We needed to step in and make sure that we were not going to end up with Texas in a blackout, which could keep folks without power — not just some people without power but everyone in our region without power — for much, much longer than we believe this event is going to last, as long and as difficult as this event is right now."
An uncontrolled blackout could leave Texans without electricity for “an indeterminate amount of time,” maybe a month, Mr. Magness added.
As the state continues to deal with the winter blast, Senator Ted Cruz was rumored to have boarded a flight to Cancun, Mexico.
Photos have been circulating on Twitter that apparently show Cruz on a flight to Cancun.
The snaps show a man who looks similar to Cruz in an airport and on a plane.
But the Senator’s office is yet to confirm or deny whether or not he has left Texas.
Some social media users claim they have matched the mask, glasses, ring, tennis shoes and headphones that he is wearing, to past photos of Cruz.
And some photos even show a woman strikingly similar to Cruz’s wife, Heidi.
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