How to Check Power: Thousands of customers are affected by local outages

While world leaders say the power grid is prepared for the cold front, strong winds can still cause local problems.

AUSTIN, Texas – Although state leaders this week reassured Texans that the power grid is prepared for the frigid temperatures that will sweep Texas Thursday and Friday, high winds are still likely to cause local problems for utilities across the state.

A string of problems were already being reported across central Texas early Thursday afternoon, primarily in Cedar Park, where more than 1,500 customers were without power as of 4:30 p.m

Although no cause was given for this outage, at 3:49 p.m. the Cedar Park Police Department reported that it was responding to a traffic light outage in the area on Cypress Creek and South Lakeline.

By 8 p.m., the Pedernales Electric Co-op reported that more than 1,700 meters in its service area were affected.

Also around 8 p.m. Thursday evening, the Oncor outage map reported 987 customers without power in the Williamson County area, 2,169 customers in the Travis County area, and 551 customers in the Bastrop County area. Recovery estimates were set at 3:30 p.m

Around the same time, Austin Energy reported approximately 1,616 customers affected by outages. Meanwhile, Bluebonnet itself reported around 1,000 outages.

If you would like to check with your utility about outages in your area, or if you would like to report an outage yourself, we have provided links to the local outages below:

Meanwhile, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is tracking grid and market conditions online. click here follow as the cold weather continues into the weekend.

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Laura Coffey

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