As a winter storm wreaks havoc on Texas, frustrated citizens are left without power and heat in the midst of freezing temperatures.
The storm has caused statewide power outages, leaving thousands in the Hill Country without power and outages that could extend into the weekend.
The outages have also hit fire stations, shelters, hospitals, and houses of worship, and the darkness has become the new normal across the South.
In response, Arkeansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has declared a state of emergency, citing the extreme weather conditions and the need for a coordinated response.
He has also urged residents to take extra precautions and to stay off the roads if possible.
The storm has caused widespread disruption and has put a strain on resources, but Texans are coming together to help those affected.
Volunteers have been offering assistance to those in need and local organizations are working to provide food, shelter, and other essential services.
The effects of the storm are expected to linger for days, and officials are urging residents to remain vigilant and to take all necessary precautions.