High powered wind storm causes power outages

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With a high wind warning in effect, Oncor officials are bringing in additional resources to deal with possible power outages.

More than 100 Oncor customers were without power due to high winds and officials are prepared if numbers grow over the next 48 hours on Thursday afternoon.

“We brought additional resources in three-team crews and additional overhead crews that we have here that came in this morning that we have on standby. We also have our local crews and troubleshooters out on standby as well just in case we have a wide range of outages,” Oncor area manager Gordon Drake said. 

One of the causes of power outages is trees and that is something Jaron Johnson from Mean Green Lawn and Tree Service said you need to be prepared for. 

“If you have anything next to your power lines in situations like that, go ahead and take care of that as soon as possible,” Johnson said. “It’s not something that you want to do at the last second. We see a lot of damage from main power conduits getting hit. Main lines going to your house. Cable lines, things of that nature being down and that all puts us in a bad place.”

Drake said trees are just one of the issues they face with power outages. 

“Sustained straight-line winds can damage the pole lines or get the lines together causing an outage. We also have to deal with debris that may be flying that aren’t anchored properly in people’s yards, fields, or pastures,” Drake said.

If power goes out, Jerry Reed with Sutherlands said it is good to have a generator.

“From freezing rains on power lines to limbs blowing down on power lines such things as that. If you are going camping if you have an RV trailer most of them have them built in. So, it’s just for emergency power,” Reed said.

With some parts of Texoma seeing wind gusts to 63 miles per hour, Oncor officials want residents to know that they are planning ahead to make sure no one is in the dark for very long.

Johnson also said the best thing to do is not plant the tree too close to the house, as well as take a look at trees at least twice a year to make sure no branches are hanging over.

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