After Deadly Hurricane, Texans Using Whataburger App to Track Power Outages | News World

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Mess in Texas

Nothing spells dystopia quite like using a fast food app to track damage from natural disasters — but in Texas, they make do.

As a viral post on X-formerly-Twitter indicates, the San Antonio-based fast food chain Whataburger’s store locator offers a better look at what areas are still experiencing power outages in the wake of the uber-destructive Hurricane Beryl than the state’s own electrical companies.

As the reasoning goes, if the “W” logo for one of the more than 120 Houston locations is lit up with the company’s iconic orange, that likely means that area has power. If the logo is grey, indicating that the store is closed, it probably means there’s no electricity.

Indeed, as the Houston Chronicle noted, the fast food chain that’s open 24 hours at all locations can act as a stand-in for the local CenterPoint Energy’s outage tracker, which was down after the storm — though some people noted that when they tried to go to…


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