ABILENE, Texas — AEP Texas crews continue restoration efforts after a winter storm hit parts of West Texas Tuesday afternoon.
According to an AEP Texas press release, as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. approximately 14,400 customers remained without power in the Abilene district. The highest number of outages was in the Childress area, where approximately 5,200 customers do not have power.
AEP Texas provided the following breakdown of areas with the most outages and preliminary estimated restoration times.
- Childress - 5,200 customer without power - estimated restoration: 9 p.m. Wednesday
- Abilene - 3,700 customers without power - estimated restoration: 1 p.m. Thursday
- Vernon - 2,300 customers without power - estimated restoration: 9 p.m. Thursday
- Stamford - 1,900 customers without power - estimated restoration: 1 p.m. Thursday
- Hamlin - 900 customers without power - estimated restoration: 1 p.m. Thursday
- Cisco - 400 customers without power - estimated restoration: 1 p.m. Thursday
The release also said the estimate may change as restoration efforts continue and are projection for restoring service to most customers who can take power.
A significant number of outages will need to be addressed on a one-on-one basis and could require more time to restore power.
In addition, melting ice could contribute to additional outages as the work continues. Additional crews from other parts of the AEP Texas service territory arrived Wednesday morning to help.
AEP Texas crews worked throughout most of Tuesday night to address the initial round of outages on Monday, however, at approximately 11 p.m. loss of transmission service to the Childress area and other areas brought the number of outages back up.