How is Texas’ power grid holding up as a winter storm grips much of the state?
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday assured Texans that the state’s power grid is working as a winter storm covers much of the state.
The Public Utility Commission expects to see some outages as a result of icing on electric infrastructure and power lines, but local outages do not mean there’s a problem with the grid, Abbott said from the State Operations Center in Austin.
“The power grid itself is functioning very efficiently as we speak right now, and there’s not anticipated to be any challenge to the power grid in the state of Texas,” he said.
He urged those who may experience an outage to check with their electricity provider for updates. Oncor delivers electricity to much of the Fort Worth-area.
As of 11:50 a.m., the grid was operating under normal conditions with enough power to meet demand. There 15,700 electricity customers experiencing power outages across the state as of 11:43 a.m., including 14 in Tarrant County, according to poweroutage.us.
The National Weather Service warned that dangerous travel conditions are expected through Wednesday in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A winter storm warning is in effect through 6 a.m. Thursday, with freezing rain expected most of Tuesday and Wednesday.
The governor’s office on Monday announced that a number of state emergency responses had been mobilized.
Check power grid’s status and outages
ERCOT offers real-time updates on the state of Texas’ power grid on its website, ercot.com. The number of power outages across the state is tracked at poweroutage.us/area/state/texas.
Check road conditions and closures in Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth
Road conditions across the state can be found at drivetexas.org.
Where are warming centers in Texas?
A map of warming centers in Texas is available through the Texas Division of Emergency Management at tdem.texas.gov/warm.