Nearly 50,000 Tarrant County residents without power after storm sweeps through: officials

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Tens of thousands of North Texas residents, including nearly 50,000 in Tarrant County, are without power Saturday morning after storms with high winds and lightning strikes swept through Friday night, officials said.

“Oncor teams began work as soon as it was safe to do so and will continue working around the clock until power can be restored,” the electric utility said in a statement Saturday morning. “Additional personnel and resources have been deployed from other regions of Oncor’s service area to support the ongoing restoration efforts.”

As of 10:30 a.m., close to 65,000 Oncor customers statewide were without power, down from nearly 125,000 Friday night, officials said. Around 75% of those outages are in Tarrant County.

Oncor officials said safety for their employees and the public is their top priority. Residents are reminded to call 911 immediately to report downed power lines and keep themselves and pets away from the area. Anything touching a downed power line, such as tree branches or other debris, could also be energized.

“In areas with heavy debris, Oncor vegetation management personnel must remove tree limbs and branches from lines before equipment can be repaired or rebuilt,” the statement said. “If you see Oncor personnel or support staff working, please give them ample space to ensure the protection of yourself and our workers.”

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Here is Oncor's power outages map. Outage information is sent from Oncor to the outage map every 10 minutes. Source: