Do You Have Power? 240,000 Without Power in Dallas and Collin Counties. And The Poor Trees…

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Icemageddon 2013 has left around 240,000 people without power, according to Oncor. The largest numbers of outages are concentrated in Dallas and Collin Counties, they said.

And a large number of people in Tarrant, Denton, Ellis and Kaufman counties also do not have power.

Freezing rain turned to ice overnight, accumulating on tree limbs and leaves. Those limbs fell into power lines, affecting service. Then car wrecks, where cars hit street poles connected to power lines, also caused problems.

Pity the poor power company employees: Oncor COO Jim Greer said there were more than 2,500 Oncor employees responding to power outages Friday.

“Crews from utilities as far away as Florida are responding in north Texas to assist with power restoration to Oncor customers,” Greer said.

If you have an event planned, figure that it is cancelled. Better to stay home and be safe than sorry. The freezing rain may be behind us, but low temperatures will hold the ice accumulation like a very efficient Sub Zero freezer. Any new precipitation will just freeze again, leading to the possibility of more power outages.

Hunker down: we are stuck in our homes for the weekend!

For 24/7 power outage information, follow live updates from the Oncor Storm Center here: and to report a power outage in your area, click here. You can also text “REG” or “OUT” to 66267, or call Oncor’s outage hotline at 888-313-4747.

In my ‘hood, half of us have power –heat, light, refrigeration. For those who do not, we may invite them over. Now is when those five fireplaces may come in handy to light, and your freezer should be ok for about 24 hours if you don’t open the door.

Of course, your patio is now one giant freezer!


Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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