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How to Plan Ahead for Power Outages

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During winter weather, you could lose power for a number of reasons. While there is concern over the stability of the power grid due to the winter storm of 2021, ERCOT says the Texas grid stands ready to deliver power through this storm.

Still, power loss remains a very real possibility in an ice storm. Ice could cause tree limbs to snap, sending them falling into power lines and cutting power, or ice accumulating on power lines could cause them to collapse. In either case, a loss of power is possible.

Plan ahead for power outages by charging phones, tablets, and other devices so that you can stay informed of changing weather conditions.

If you haven't already, download NBCDFW's app so that you can read and watch the latest updates from our team of Weather Experts on your mobile devices even if you lose power in your home. Be sure to enable notifications so that you're alerted when we're in live coverage online.

Additionally, make sure you've added the NBC DFW OTT app to Apple TV, Fire TV or Roku -- using our app on those platforms you can watch our exclusive digital coverage on your television.

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 prove to be fatal in minutes.

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