Cold winds cause 5000 power outages in Cameron County

Cold winds cause 5000 power outages in Cameron County
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POSTED: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 5:29pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 7:29am

The wind and cold, which blew in overnight, caused more than 5000 power outages in both Hidalgo County and Cameron County this morning. Most of the outages in Cameron County happened near Port Isabel and on South Padre Island.

"Clearly all these outages were related to the front that blew in," said American Electric Power Texas communication affairs manager Frank Espinoza said. "Um, tree limbs coming in contact with power lines, uh, we had some substation issues in the mid Valley that affected 9000 customers."

Power crews have been working since 8:30 a.m. to get the power restored.

"What the crews are doing, they're concentrating on securing and getting the larger people out first. In Cameron County they've done that," said Espinoza. "So what they're doing in Cameron County now is addressing the isolated outages, the here's, the there's, okay?"

The next time a cold front comes in, there is something you can do to save yourself from a prolonged power outage.

"When you have cold snaps, if you experience an outage and you left, meaning you had your heater on, those that have simple units, and you go- the power goes out, it's best to just turn off the unit," said Espinoza. "That way when the power kicks on, the lights kick on, you can go back and turn it back on and this helps us restore large volumes." 

Espinoza says if too many people have their heat on, it's much harder for companies like AEP to get their equipment back up and running again.

To report an outage at AEP Texas, call 956-361-2088.

Reporting in Cameron County, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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