But just before Herzog pronounced the word “electric”, the lights went out, making Herzog a silhouette in front of the weather map.
“It seems that we have just switched to generator power; “Our lights just went out,” Herzog said before continuing to talk about the “excessive heat” in some Texas cities. Seconds later, the lights were turned on again.
But two hours later it happened again. When Herzog warned about three-digit heat in some regions of Texas on the broadcast at 5 p.m., the lights went out.
“Maybe it’s just my electrifying personality, maybe not,” Herzog said tweeted afterwards. “But this time I was expecting Ashton Kutcher to come around the corner and say, ‘You’ve been PUNKED!’ ”
But hey, the show has to keep going!
And to be clear, we are not sure why the power went out temporarily in our building.
What I can tell you is that online conditions are getting * really * tight. Hopefully we can get through this with the lights and A / C ON!
– Travis Herzog (@ TravisABC13) July 13, 2022
The strange moments came while Texas is experiencing a record-breaking heat wave that is pushing the state’s power grid to the limit. Over the past week, Texas has tolerated three-digit temperatures in many cities, prompting state energy agencies to ask residents to save energy and turn up their thermostats.
Extreme heat pushes altitudes above 110 in Texas as the power grid approaches the edge
Concerns about power outages during extreme weather have left residents on edge, the Texas Tribune reported. In February 2021, 3.5 million Texans lost power in the midst of a record cold wave, with temperatures in some areas falling to freezing. More than 200 people died.
This month it is the heat that has become dangerous. In Houston, where Herzog works, temperatures reached 105 degrees on Sunday, making it the warmest July day in the city’s history. That day, College Station, north of Houston, reached 111 degrees, the second warmest day ever. San Antonio has reached at least 100 degrees in a record 35 days this year.
Neighboring states are also expected to experience the dangerously high temperatures. On a national basis, summers are getting warmer and longer thanks to climate change, resulting in forest fires, droughts and floods, depending on the region, The Washington Post has reported.
Summer in America is getting hotter, longer and more dangerous
Herzog tweeted on Wednesday that he did not know exactly why the lights were turned off twice during his broadcasts. He explained that the display behind him and the other production equipment is connected to a backup power source, and that was the reason why he did not go off the air.
“What I can tell you is that online conditions are getting * really * tight,” Herzog wrote. “Hopefully we can get through this with the lights and A / C ON!”