The largest snow storm since January 1985 has hit Atascosa County with record low temperature as low as 12 degrees. According to PowerOutage.US some 3,100 residents are without power in Atascosa County and 2.8 million without power in Texas.
Karnes Electric said that they have been directed by ERCOT to interrupt service and are estimating that customers who are experiencing outages may see service disrupted through Tuesday, February 16. Karnes Electric said to please bear with them as they work to ensure all power is restored as quickly as possible. Please report outages to Karnes Electric through SmartHub, calling 888-807-3952 or on your mobile device app.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) entered emergency conditions and initiated rotating outages at 1:25 a.m. today.
“Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. Rotating outages will likely last throughout the morning and could be initiated until this weather emergency ends.
Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall urges everyone to stay safe, conserve energy and be prepared as possible.
“We have not had power since midnight,” said Mayor Travis Hall from his home in Pleasanton. “We are in constant contact with AEP and will relay any updates through the Pleasanton Emergency Management Office Facebook page and the Pleasanton Express. We are unfortunately in a wait and see situation as is most of Texas. ERCOT has called for rolling outages but the particulars of those outages is not known.” Local DPS, police departments and the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office are requesting that residents stay off the road to help first responders.
Pleasanton currently is not experiencing water outages but both Poteet and parts of Jourdanton have.
“The city of Poteet is monitoring the situation as it relates to water,” said Poteet Mayor Willie Leal. “We are waiting for power to come back on so that our water wells can be functioning. City offices will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday.We will be keeping people updated via our City of Poteet Facebook page and the Pleasanton Express.”
The City of Pleasanton’s offices will be closed through Wednesday. Businesses, ISD’s and government offices are closed today. Some are closed due to the holiday but others are planning to stay closed on Tuesday due to weather. The Pleasanton Express will keep the public notified of updates from county and city officials.
Top U.S. areas by outages are:
Texas 2,802,978, Oregon 319,706, Virginia 120,218, Louisiana 100,495 and Mississippi 52,843
About 10,500 MegaWatt (MW) of customer load was shed at the highest point. This is enough power to serve approximately two million homes. Extreme weather conditions caused many generating units – across fuel types – to trip offline and become unavailable. There is now over 30,000 MW of generation forced off the system.
The Pleasanton Express will continue to provide breaking news weather updates.