HONOLULU (KHON2) — At least 46 people have died from the winter storm that is causing problems from Oregon to New England, but Texas still remains the hardest-hit state. Former Hawaii residents who now live in the Lone Star State are struggling with the winter catastrophe.
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Thursday, Feb. 18, marks day four of a record-breaking cold spell. Power outages that left more than 3 million people without power and heat on Wednesday were brought down to half a million on Thursday.
Texas officials are now warning residents to prepare for what they’re calling “disasters within a disaster,” meaning long lines at grocery stores, food banks and water distribution sites.
The unusual and extreme cold temperatures in the Houston metropolitan area caused pipes to burst in former Honolulu resident Jon Cabino’s apartment building. He is using buckets to catch and sop up the water that is leaking into his home.
Roughly 200 miles away from Houston, Waipahu resident Maricelle Heather Redona-Manzano has been stuck in San Antonio. She was in Texas to compete in the Mrs. United States pageant as the Hawaii representative on Valentine’s Day.
Redona-Manzano was supposed to fly back to Hawaii on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
“According to the airport, they’re not equipped to de-ice anything,” explained Redona-Manzano. “They can’t de-ice the planes, they…