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Storm Causes Power Outages Throughout San Antonio

Edward Aspera Jr.
U.S. Air Force

Update at 11:15 a.m. Thursday outages impacting 140 customers reported

A thunderstorm moving through the San Antonio area has caused multiple power outages.

The storm has weakened below severe limits as of 3:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Winds up to 30 mph and frequent cloud to ground lightning are still hazards with this storm.

Call 210-353-4357, or 800-870-1006 from rural areas to report an outage to CPS Energy. When prompted, provide your account number or service address and a phone number.

MAP | View an outage map from CPS Energy

According to a news release from CPS:

  • Keep cell phones, flashlights, batteries and other important items available for an unexpected power outage.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to CPS. Do NOT attempt to move or drive over the lines. Even in an outage, power lines may still have an electrical current running through them.
  • If your home or business is flooded, never enter standing water unless you’re absolutely sure the main power has been shut off.
  • Unplug electrical equipment such as stereos, TVs and computer equipment to help protect them from power surges during power restoration.
  • Keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible. Refrigerated food should be safe as long as power is out no more than 4 hours.
  • If it looks like the power outage will be for more than two to four hours, pack perishable items into a cooler surrounded by ice.
  • If your neighbors have power and you do not, check your breakers. Tripped breakers account for 15 percent of CPS service calls.

Emergency numbers and websites:

Vince Kong can be reached at vince@tpr.org or on Twitter @teamvincek

Vince Kong comes to Texas Public Radio after working for about a decade in print, including stints in the Midwest, Northwest and Southwest.