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More than 500,000 without power in North Texas, Dallas County declares disaster

Overturned semi-truck at Spring Creek Parkway and Parker Road in Plano, Tuesday May 28, 2024.
City of Plano
Overturned semi-truck at Spring Creek Parkway and Parker Road in Plano, Tuesday May 28, 2024.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins signed a disaster declaration Tuesday as more than 340,000 Oncor customers were without power in the county due to severe storms.

In total, more than a half million customers were still without electricity across North Texas as of noon Tuesday, according to an Oncor outage tracker.

Jenkins said during a press conference the storms would likely lead to multi-day outages.

"This, unfortunately, will be a multi-day power outage situation similar to the one that you saw in Harris County and Houston," Jenkins said. "That does not mean if your power is out right now, that it will be out for multiple days. It certainly could be out for multiple days."

Severe storms ripped through North Texas over Memorial Day weekend and continued Tuesday, bringing hail, damaging winds and heavy rain.

Oncor teams were sent out in the morning to assess damages, clear debris and conduct repair work across impacted areas. Work began as soon as it was safe and is expected to continue around the clock, Oncor officials said in a social media post.

During Jenkins' press conference on Tuesday, Grant Cruise, Oncor communications manager, said Oncor is asking for assistance from out of state to help with restoration efforts.

"We are working quickly, we are trying to bring people into the state and keep everybody safe," Cruise said. "But you should plan for, you know, extended outages in some parts."

The severe weather is forecast for the area until early afternoon Tuesday and expected to return Tuesday night.

Here's what’s been impacted by the storms in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties.


Power outages have left more than 500,000 people without power in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties combined.

Dallas County had the most with more than 340,000 people impacted.

Jenkins said the outages were not due to overcapacity power generation as seen in the summer or the winter in Texas. The outages were due to the winds, which was not uncommon, he said. However, he said the extent of the damage was unusual.

Jenkins said Oncor would prioritize critical infrastructure like hospitals and police stations.

As of noon, all hospitals except one had power, and the one that did not have power was operating on a generator, Jenkins said. Only life saving procedures would be conducted while a hospital is on generator power, he said.

Water plants were not impacted by the severe weather and Jenkins said residents do not need to worry about the cleanliness of their water.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday Denton and Collin counties were approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for eligibility for its individual assistance program.

The program providea funds for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, property losses and other expenses caused by a disaster.


Outages also impacted polling locations in some counties — on the last day to vote in the primary runoff elections.

In Collin County six polling locations were closed, at least two of which had no electricity. The location at Community Park Center in Wylie was rerouted to Collin College in Wylie.

As of noon, Jenkins said 103 voting centers were facing outages in Dallas County with 180 locations that still had power.

Weather impacted voter turnout in Denton County. One site, Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, had to be relocated because winds blew a portion of the roof off the church. The polling site was relocated to Career Center East in Lewisville.

Frank Phillips, Denton County elections administrator, said in an email that several sites were without power until they were able to get generators to the locations.

He said the county would ask for extended hours at the locations that opened late due to the outages.

"As soon as the Republican and Democratic parties approve those locations, I will be seeking approval from a district judge to extend voting this evening at those locations," Phillips said in the email.


Severe storms on Tuesday impacted flight operations at both Dallas Love Field and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Both airlines cautioned travelers coming to and from the airports and advised them to check flight statuses for delays and cancelations.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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