Heat and Storm Damage Cause Power Outages 6/26/13
CBS 7 News Staff
Midland/Odessa - High temperatures in the Permian Basin have caused power outages that were felt all across West Texas. Oncor officials tell us that more than eight thousand people were left without power in the Midland/Odessa area. Now Oncor is asking residents to conserve energy as a way to help prevent these outages from happening again.
Oncor says itís a normal occurrence to have power outages when temperatures reach into the hundreds due to many turning up their air conditioners ultimately causing power grids to overload.
Oncor officials were able to restore energy within the Odessa and Midland area in less than two hours. Officials if residents could limit their power usage between four and seven p.m. power outages could become less frequent.
(Midland/Odessa)- Over 6,000 Midland and Odessa electricity customers were without power Wednesday afternoon.
According to Sue Mercer with Oncor, the outages were the same in both cities but not related.
Mercer tells CBS 7 that it was a combination of strom damage from Tuesday night and the heat.
Most customers were restored within an hour.
There may be some scattered outages where work is being completed, but overall most all who lost power this afternoon has it restored.