Weather-related power outages affecting East Texans

More outages could crop up overnight

Weather-related power outages affecting East Texans
As a Pacific cold front rolls into East Texas this evening, power outages are beginning to be reported by area companies and their customers. (Source: Grimes, Stannie)

EAST TEXAS (KLTV/KTRE) - As a Pacific cold front rolls into East Texas this evening, power outages are beginning to be reported by area companies and their customers.

As of 3:20 a.m., utility companies were still reporting widespread power outages across East Texas, with the bulk in Harrison, Panola, Marion, Morris, Rusk and Shelby counties.

  • Anderson County - Oncor reported 57 outages, Houston County co-op reported 3,233 outages
  • Angelina County - Oncor reported 1,437 outages, Houston County co-op reported 283 outages
  • Cass County - SWEPCO reported 55 outages
  • Cherokee County - Oncor reported 242 outages
  • Franklin County - SWEPCO reported 27 outages
  • Gregg County - SWEPCO reported 159 outages
  • Harrison County - SWEPCO reported 833 outages
  • Henderson County - Oncor reported 18 outages
  • Houston County - Oncor reported 39 outages, Houston co-op reported 8,770 outages
  • Morris County - SWEPCO reported 229 outages
  • Nacogdoches County - Oncor reported 838 outages
  • Panola County - SWEPCO reported 507 outages
  • Rusk County - SWEPCO reported 438 outages
  • Shelby County - SWEPCO reported 354 outages
  • Smith County - SWEPCO reported 15 outages, Oncor reported 1,482 outages
  • Trinity County - Houston County co-op reported 2,416 outages
  • Titus County - SWEPCO reported 23 outages
  • Upshur County 
  • Van Zandt County - SWEPCO reported 9 outages, Wood County Electric Co-op reported 36 outages
  • Wood County - SWEPCO reported 586 outages, Wood County Electric Co-op reported 257 outages

Check power outage maps for your area

Oncor: http://stormcenter.oncor.com/external/default.html

Rusk County Electric Co-op: https://ebill.rcelectric.org/woViewer/mapviewer.html?config=Outage+Web+Map

Wood County electric Co-op: http://outagemap.wcec.org/#viewer-menu-parent

Have a safety kit at the ready:

  • bottled water, canned and dried food, and emergency supplies consisting of flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies, and a battery operated or crank radio. It is recommended that you use battery operated flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, to minimize the risk of fire.

Food safety is most important; if power is out for less than two hours, food in the refrigerator and freezer should be safe. Keep doors closed on those, and after two hours, pack refrigerator items into ice packed coolers. If food reaches a temperature of more than 40 degrees, it should be thrown out.

Also, before an outage, consider placing containers of water in the empty spaces of the freezer. Once they turn to blocks of ice, they'll lengthen the time items can be stored in the freezer without electricity and can also be used as drinking water.

Always use generators, camping stoves, and charcoal grills OUTDOORS to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. For complete generator safety see our generator safety page.

In summer months, don't get overheated. Stay in a building's lower level where it should be coolest. Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing and drink lots of water. If home temperatures become unbearable, find a place to visit that is air-conditioned.

In winter months, it's important to prevent hypothermia. During cold winter months, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels under the doors. Wear layers of clothing and cover with extra blankets. Be sure to eat enough food to provide your body with enough energy to produce its own heat.

Most importantly, know when it’s time to go. No one wants to leave the comfort of their home, but sometimes it’s necessary to do just that. If the power is likely to remain out for an extended period, relocate to an alternate location that has power, such as the home of a relative, a hotel, or an emergency shelter.

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