Ted Cruz shamed into returning from Cancun after sparking outrage by fleeing Texas on vacation as storm ravages state

TED Cruz will return from vacation "immediately" after sparking outrage for leaving Texas in the midst of a record-breaking snowstorm.

Photos circulating on Twitter appear to show Ted Cruz on a flight to Cancun, prompting many to accuse the lawmaker of abandoning Texans during the crisis.

Cruz is accused of fleeing the Lone Star state during one of the worst storms in its history, which has left more than 20 dead and millions without power.

According to the Associated Press, a source said the Republican lawmaker went with his family for a long-planned trip to Cancun.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Cruz was expected to return immediately.

And speaking to NBC, the Houston Police Department confirmed the senator's staff contacted them on Wednesday afternoon to assist him in his arrival and movements through Houston's international airport.

The Sun has contacted Cruz's office for comment, which is yet to confirm or deny whether or not he has left Texas.

The snaps show a man who looks similar to Cruz in an airport and on a plane.

Texans have been outraged at the possibility that the senator may have abandoned his state during the emergency.

A number of social media users spotted pictures of a man bearing resemblance to Cruz at an airport check-in and aboard a flight from Houston to Cancun.

‘It appears in the middle of the worst energy crisis in the history of Texas, Ted Crus [sic] is on his way to Cancun with his family,’ one person wrote on Twitter, alongside a series of photographs which supposedly show the Senator aboard the flight.

Texas state Representative, Gene Wu, tweeted out another picture, writing: "Guess which US Senator from Texas flew to Cancun while the state was freezing to death and having to boil water?"

It's not clear at this stage if Cruz and his family traveled to Mexico on Wednesday or how recently the photos were taken. 

A Republican source told Fox News that the allegations Cruz was traveling to the Mexican city are true. 

"The photos speak for themselves," the source said.

Power outages have hit most major cities in Texas, including Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

All of Texas is under a winter storm warning, while President Joe Biden has declared an emergency in the state.

At least 37 people have died and millions are spending another day without power.

Ferocious Storm Uri has plunged swathes of America into a -20F (-28C) deep freeze and sparked a killer tornado.

Temperatures fell to the lowest in decades and hundreds of cars crashed on icy roads.

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