The arctic blast continues to affect Austin, leaving about 10,000 Austin residents without power as of 2 p.m., Austin Energy reports.
OUTAGE UPDATE at 2 p.m.: We currently have ~10,000 customers without power. The largest outage is currently in the 183/Braker Lane area. pic.twitter.com/644jjA094q
— Austin Energy (@austinenergy) February 11, 2021
Much of the outage is condensed around 183 and Braker Lane, with more than 6,000 power outages, and the Wells Branch area of town, with more than 5,000 people without power. Austin Energy said crews are currently working to restore power and currently estimate that power should be back on around 3:30-4 p.m.
Central Texas is under a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight on Friday due to the rainy, icy and cold conditions all across the region. Austinites can expect to see 1/4 inch of ice accumulation and the National Weather Service is advising people to stay home and off the roads.
Austin has already seen the effects of the icy conditions—a 26-car pileup on North State Highway 45 near Parmer Lane sent 5 people to the hospital this morning. Even worse, Fort Worth saw a 100-car pileup due to the inclemate weather. The cold weather is expected to subside around next Thursday.
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The last night Stephanie Landgraf, 25, spent in her apartment, off of Rundberg Lane, was on Valentine's Day. First, her power went off, only to return shortly after the complex lost water. Since then, she's been staying with friends. "There's no end in sight," she told Austonia. "At this point, I'm just angry."
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