An elderly woman suffered heat exhaustion Wednesday afternoon after the power went out in her neighborhood. Paramedics were called out after neighbors were concerned for the woman's health. After she cooled off in the ambulance, she was taken to a church to keep out of the extreme heat.
Tuesday night, hundreds of homes in East Texas lost power because of the extra work the heat has caused on air conditioners and the warning is still out to conserve energy.
Some Tyler crews worked until about 5 o'clock Wednesday morning just restoring service.
Charles Hill, Oncor's spokesperson, said, "Extreme heat is straining the equipment, making it difficult to keep up with this record level of energy consumption".
Hill said it is the compounding affect of not being able to ever get any relief. He said Tyler does not have any days in the 90s, so, the system is just becoming saturated with heat and it is becoming dangerous.
Oncor crews have changed 13 transformers in just two days. That is equivalent to what they do in one month.
David Musick's power went out at 9 a.m.
"We have no air conditioning right now. We've got all the blinds down, all the doors in the house closed and it's beginning to start to feel creepy and it's starting to get kind of muggy and hot" Musick said.
Hill said the only thing to do now is conserve. Little things like not doing laundry between peak times (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). He also recommends turning your electric water heater off at some point during the day. And of course, bumping up your air conditioning by as little as three degrees will help save power, and hopefully prevent any more outages.
We want to be clear, Oncor is only suggesting that residents who have electric water heaters turn them off at some point in the day.