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Forecast in your perspective, and I know that probably probably be speaking to you later on this week as well. So I get warm and personal with Robert. We work together for 20 years, but I'm loving it when you're his guest host. Well, thank you, Brad. I very much appreciate it and there we'll talk next time that went to welcome on in W. B. AP correspondent client Nevel Clayton. Well, I guess we just spoke with Brad Barton. You heard that the power is on at his house, and that's a good news came on here just a few minutes ago. What is the latest Clayton on? How many people are out of power right now? Well in the state of Texas As about an hour ago, I was on the call with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and that number was about two million. Now that number is probably not going to go down a whole lot if your power's coming back on because If your power comes back on, it means that someone else is maybe going off. That's the idea behind this whole rolling outage concept that haircut is doing right now. So what that means is They're trying to relieve some of the demand because they don't have enough supply of energy right now. So they're doing these rolling outages now. Earlier today, the issue was the demand was so high that instead of 45 minutes to an hour they were expecting for these rotating averages. There were lasting more like 567, and even longer as we've heard in some cases, But as the afternoon goes on, it appears they're starting to get back to that rotating concept. No, they're not putting any time Lebanon maybe more than that, saying 45 minutes or an hour. They're saying we don't know how long you baby out, but that's what's happening. If your power goes out, it's because haircut is trying to manage. The demand compared to the supply. So Clinton let me ask you. Do they tell folks Okay, So this power or I should say this region is going to be next. And then this city and then this city or is it just do we know how they choose who they're gonna cut off? So as far as air cuts concerned again, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas What they do is communicate to the provider's just on how much energy needs to be saved. And then the providers make the decisions on how long and exactly who. So, for example, Encore, according to her cot on core has 36% of the energy supply in the state of Texas, so on core would then be making the decision. How long is this going to last on? Who exactly are we going to impact now is the only information and I've gotten from any of those guys, including ERCOT on how they make the decisions is They're going to try as hard as they possibly can not to cut power in areas with things like hospitals. The police department's things like that. That's their goal and doing all of this. Other than that, you know, they hate that anybody has to be out, so these are hard decisions, but they're trying to rotate them as quickly as possible, but they're going to try to avoid those Significant spots like hospitals and things of that nature. Clean. Let me ask you s O. This is the first time that they've had to do this in a long time. Is it because everybody's using their heaters and everybody's home and everybody is hunkered down. Everybody's using their appliances, their electronic, so you know, multiple televisions. Is that guy was eyes to hear. You know, we all know what's happening in California with their with the rolling blackouts. I was surprised to hear that this is the first time they've had to do this in Texas in quite some time. Yeah, That's the general concept as to why But the reason why this is such a big deal is because we're dealing with unprecedented temperatures in a lot of spots across the state, and because of the fact that this is so widespread. This goes from North Texas to West Texas, the East Texas all the way down to Brownsville. So when you get all of that energy Combined in the one you know, Haircut covers the entire state of Texas. They're in charge for the entire power grid of Texas and Senate, just having one massive ice storm in North Texas, for example, or one massive ice storm in Austin. We're dealing with the entire state at one time, So that's why the demand for energy unprecedentedly surpassed the amount of supply. I spoke with. Officials with our car here said they've never dealt with this scenario. Demand compared to how much they have. I wonder if there was a mad rush? Maybe. No. This Clayton I want if there was a mad rush for generators Yeah, well, I know there certainly were, and I also know that there were some. There's a mad rush for firewood as well. I talked to a guy yesterday I was talking to people out some of the stores. They were stocking up on things and he would have five different stores and couldn't find any firewood. I haven't talked to anybody that sells generators just exactly how big that demand was. But I do know from a lot of people talking to on the ground it on social media. People weren't going out looking for generators. Now that brings up a whole different issue when it comes to, you know, using a generator safely. Sometimes that could be more danger than you realize. But, yeah, people who are going out they were getting generators. People were going out they were getting firewood. In fact, it was so difficult to find firewood that a lot of people were running out. So do you find Clayton? A last question? I appreciate your indulgence of my questions. Have you found the people you're talking to, folks? Have they been prepared for this? Who do you think that a lot of people were? Caught by surprise. You know, I think a lot of people were prepared for road conditions, especially what happened last week. Here with the 133 car pile up in Fort Worth. People were prepared to stay home. They were prepared with food and things like that. Now, the question here is where they prepared for the power outages. Were they prepared for the bitter Cole, where they prepared for protecting their pipes? Those of the issues that we're running into now. I think a lot of people were ready to hunker down. You know, I talked to a bunch of people who wiped out some of the hallmarks and things like that yesterday. But what's catching a lot of people off guard? Today is just how exposed you can be. These frigid temperatures and also how biting cold of seven degrees feels and I think were caught off guard by it because a lot of us have never felt that before well and in the wind, right there went is a big deal, too. Yeah. You know, I was out this morning doing some reports for the morning news. And that wind is it whips across your face? I mean, it hurts. It burns. It literally burns. And so you've got to get out there. You gotta be protected on again. That power loss across the area is something that People were not ready for We'll clean. I hope that they're giving you hazard pay for going out into the roadways in the streets of the Metroplex is you're talking to folks because it is nasty, nasty, whether whether it is here in Nashville or in DFW, where you are. And I appreciate your being with us. So you have a great afternoon and please be careful. All right, Dan. Thanks. All righty. Quite never from w. B A P And I got to tell you, Hey, by the way brought up I'll get into this in a few minutes. The generator safety tips. I will tell you this, You know, it'll be a personal story. Of mine. Maybe let this be a lesson to you. I was very new to generators that actually never had one before. And.