Early Sunday, about 26,000 customers remained without electricity. Oncor has restored power to more than 270,000 homes and businesses since the tornado-force storm hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area and much of the state. More than 302,000 customers were without power at the peak of the storm.
The remaining outages are the most complex for crews to tackle because of extensive damage to electrical facilities in a number of areas that will have to be rebuilt before power can be restored.
In certain instances, the repairs will involve removing uprooted trees and debris and replacing damaged utility poles and transformers before new power lines can be installed. The scope of this type of restoration is time consuming and often only restores power to a handful of homes at a time.
Also, there may be situations where equipment attached to a home or business may also need repairs. Customers who have a meter base that has been damaged or pulled away from their structure will need to contact an electrician. After electrical repairs are completed, either the homeowner or the electrician will need to contact the homeowners city inspection office before Oncor can safely restore service.
More than 5,000 Oncor employees and mutual assistance personnel from across Texas and six other states have been working 16-hour shifts to restore power to customers.
These include Oklahoma Gas and Electric, Centerpoint (Houston), Alabama Power, Duke Energy (North Carolina), WesStar (Kansas City), American Electric Power (San Angelo), Austin Energy, Texas New Mexico Power and Mississippi Power.