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A young man warms up in his car as his apartment complex sits in darkness during Texas' winter storm in Austin. (Tamir Kalifa—The New York Times/Redux)

Austin was honored with a surprise feature in Time's Top 100 Photos of 2021, but like many of the photos in the collection, it wasn't for capturing a feel-good moment.

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Winter Storm Uri caused hundreds of deaths in Texas, and ERCOT said a similar outage could be on the horizon if extreme weather temperatures repeat. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

When the historic Polar Vortex swept through Austin in February, all 254 counties in Texas were put under a disaster declaration as millions of people statewide were left without power, water, heat or all of the above. As the weather begins to cool off, the threat of another winter storm is becoming more and more imminent.

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Snow surrounds an Austin Energy station on Feb. 18. (Sergio Flores/The Texas Tribune)

By Erin Douglas

Electricity outages in Texas could occur this winter if the state experiences a cold snap that forces many power plants offline at the same time as demand for power is high, according to an analysis by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The outages could occur despite better preparations by power plants to operate in cold weather.

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The Nissan LEAF is the most popular EV in Austin based on used car sales. (Nissan)

Electric vehicles are increasingly common in Austin. But which models are most popular?

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