AUSTIN, Texas — A power outage forced thousands of people in Austin to evacuate, as temperatures dipped into the teens, and left residents in the heart of the city without power for hours.
The Texas Department of Public Safety reported on its Twitter account that at least two people had died from heat stroke, with at least 30 more hospitalized.
Authorities said the Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center confirmed that it had received two calls reporting a large fire.
The Texas Department for Public Safety, which is leading the emergency response, said it was aware of the heatwave but that it did not have a cause.
The department tweeted that it was monitoring the situation.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said the city was under an evacuation order, and that there was no immediate threat to public safety.
Austin was hit by an intense heatwave in March that killed five people.
Austin Mayor Steve Adenler said it could take several days for the city to regain power, which could cause disruption to public transit and other services.
The city said that the first four days of the emergency were the warmest it has ever been in over 25 years.
Adler said he was unsure how long it would take for the heat to cool off, but that he was hopeful that by Tuesday morning the city would be back to normal.
He said he expects that Austin will be back into normal operation on Wednesday morning.
The temperature was expected to hover around 45 degrees F, with temperatures expected to reach 60 degrees by late Tuesday morning.
Temperatures are expected to dip as low as 20 degrees on Wednesday.
Austin has experienced a lot of heat in the last few days.
Temperaments were predicted to rise again on Thursday.
Austin has experienced multiple power outages, including one in March, when the city reported a fire that led to the evacuation of nearly 2,000 people.