"We lost power yesterday morning, the house started getting real cold like around 2 o'clock, we got all the blankets out, we tried to all sleep together to keep us warm, come to the cars to keep our phones charged and then today when we got up there was no water."
10. Icicles on bumper
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Brian Porreca, Richmond, Texas:
"It's pretty bad that as Texans we just can't prepare for cold. Other parts of the country this would not even been an issue."
12. Man checks his car engine, shuts hood
13. Various of Porreca's granddaughter led in an improvised ice cooler turned sled, man falls, family laughs
A winter storm and cold snap caused power outages in Texas, affecting more than 4 million homes and businesses.
Texas officials requested 60 generators from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and planned to prioritize hospitals and nursing homes. The state opened 35 shelters to more than 1,000 occupants, the agency said.
Hundreds of people sought comfort at one shelter in Houston. Mayor Sylvester Turner said other warming centers had to be shut down because they lost power.
About 60% of residents in suburban Fort Bend County, west of Houston, had no power as of Tuesday morning.
It led some residents of subdivisions in Richmond to warm up in their cars outside their houses.
"It's pretty bad that as Texans we just can't prepare for cold. Other parts of the country this would not even been an issue," said Brian Porreca, as he charged in cell phone in his sedan.
Porreca and his wife, Chissell, sat in their cars warming up as their granddaughter Mia played in the snow.
"We tried to sleep together to keep us warm, come to the cars to keep our phones charged and then today when we got up there was no water," Chissell Porreca said.
Utilities from Minnesota to Texas implemented rolling blackouts as cold temperatures strained power grids.
Deaths in Texas included a woman and a girl who died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in Houston, at a home without electricity from a car running in an attached garage, police said.
Law enforcement also said subfreezing temperatures were likely to blame for the deaths of two men found along Houston-area roadways.