Cold front not expected to cause power outages

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POSTED: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 5:55pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 9:37am

While it's not quite as severe as last week, another cold front will make its way to the RGV tonight and tomorrow with temperatures expecting to drop to the low 50s. 

"First and foremost anyone who lives in South Texas knows the weather's gonna be changing from one day to the next so...we should not expect any outages, but if a storm flood does blow in, there are some cases where the winds can cause either large scale or isolated outages," said American Electric Power Texas director of community affairs Frank Espinoza.

If there does happen to be an outage though, Espinoza has some quick tips that residents can use to help restore power as quickly as possible.

"Have a plan, we don't expect outages, but if they do they should report it, um, be patient," said Espinoza. "So these little things can help us tremendously as we do our work."

In the case of power outages caused by severely cold weather and strong winds, companies like American Electric Power ask that you wait a little bit before turning on your heater so that they can do a cold start.

"When we're trying to restore rogue, all the systems are still on the on mode, so we're trying to restore power, it's what we call a cold start. It makes it very difficult, so we ask customers if they experience the outage, turn off their heaters," said Espinoza.

Espinoza says after you see a light come on is when it's safe to turn the heater back on. But Valley residents aren't expected to deal with these types of issues during this upcoming cold front.

Reporting in San Benito, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23 

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