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Power outages reported throughout Central Texas as winter weather moves through

Significant power outages reported in West
Posted at 8:52 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 21:55:52-05

Power outages are heavily affecting Central Texas as the winter storm moves through.

As of Sunday at 8:50PM, Oncor is reporting 6,502 customers in Bell County affected by an outage. There is no estimated time for restoration currently.

In McLennan County, 1,275 customers are affected.

Oncor is reporting 265 customers affected in Coryell County with an estimated restoration at 4:30 AM. 205 customers are affected in Falls County. 467 customers are affected in Milam County.

First, make sure to check your energy company's outage map and report your outage.

Below are some tips from if you experience a power outage.

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics. Power may return with momentary surges or spikes that can cause damage.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the governing body that oversees the electric grid in Texas, requested all Texans to limit and reduce their electric use as much as possible Sunday, Feb. 14 through Tuesday, Feb. 16 due to record-breaking electric demand.