Severe Weather Causes Widespread Power Outages
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:28:30 GMT —
UPDATE: 3:45 P.M.: Today's thunderstorms not only slowed the progress of the Xcel crews working to finish repairs in Pampa, but also added customer outages in the area.
There are currently 160 customers without power in the Pampa area.
Most should be restored by 9 p.m. unless property damages prevent crews from making necessary repairs.
UPDATE: 8:35 P.M.: As of 8:30 last night, Xcel still had 237 customers still without power. They had hoped to complete repairs last night, but workers encountered extensive damage.
Fresh crews were brought in at midnight, and crews will continue to work around the clock. They hope to have power restored by noon on Tuesday to those properties who can receive power. Xcel said that there will be a small number of properties that won't be able to have power until property damage is repaired.
UPDATE 2 P.M.: As of 2 p.m., Xcel reported that the outage numbers had been reduced to 1,175. 1,079 of those outages were in Pampa, eight customers in Amarillo, 13 in Borger, and one in Canyon.
Xcel discovered more damage as they began to work in the Pampa area, currently having one feeder line out of service and 12 smaller tap lines out of service.
Additionally, they are working 10 transformer outages and 55 service-level outages in Pampa. They have 12 crews working throughout the evening. Xcel hopes to have the majority, if not all, power supplied by the end of the day.
UPDATE, 8:10 AM: Xcel says that crews have been working throughout the night to restore power to affected areas and will continue to do so today. Around 3 AM, they report that nearly 12,000 customers were without power. By 7 AM, that number reduced to 2,429 customers. Amarillo has 1,195 customers out, Borger has 277, Canyon has 17, Dumas has 2, and Pampa has 936. Xcel also said they are bringing additional workers into Pampa to help the local crews already in the area. We will keep you updated with the latest on the situation.
Severe weather from last night has caused nearly 13,000 power outages overnight in Amarillo, Pampa, and other surrounding areas, according to Xcel Energy's Media Relations Director Wes Reeves. Downed power lines and trees from the storms are the cause. Currently, Xcel crews are working to restore power to customers.
An update on the situation is expected shortly. We will have more information as it becomes available.