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17,300 Without Power as Bitter Cold Settles in North Texas

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As of noon Thursday, Oncor is reporting roughly 17,300 customers without power statewide, a drop of about 8,000 customers since noon.

The following is a list of local counties with the numbers of customers affected, according to Oncor's outage webpage at 6 p.m.

  • Collin County: 4,945
  • Dallas County: 1,213
  • Denton County: 65
  • Tarrant County: 832

Oncor said nearly 30% of the outages occurred after 10 a.m.

"We recognize the stresses and hardships our customers without power are facing, especially during this severe cold weather," Oncor said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "Nearly 6,000 Oncor employees and contractors have been working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and this work will continue around the clock. In addition, more than 1,700 out-of-state utility partners are also supporting restoration efforts."

Oncor said restoring power is made more difficult by ongoing weather and hazardous road conditions which hinders the arrival of crews.

"Ice accumulation continues to pose the greatest impact to service, and new outages are possible as the increasing weight pulls down trees and limbs," Oncor said.

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PLAN AHEAD FOR POWER LOSS

During winter weather, you could lose power for a number of reasons. Plan ahead by charging phones, tablets, and other devices so that you can stay informed of changing weather conditions.

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If you have a generator, it's important to remember those should not be running indoors -- including in the garage. Exhaust from generators contains high levels of carbon monoxide which can be fatal in minutes.

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