The Austin area is now in its third day of widespread power outages due to historic winter weather, with 36.35% of Austin Energy customers impacted. The local utility announced that customers should be prepared not to have power through Wednesday—and possibly longer. Additionally, the recent ice storm has caused more outages and could lead to more customers losing power until the weather improves.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages about 90% of the state's grid, tweeted that "some generation is slowly returning" early Wednesday morning. But the nonprofit corporation continues to require local providers to shed load, or maintain outages, to help maintain the grid.
EMERGENCY OUTAGE UPDATE at 7:30 a.m.: Due to the ice storm, we are now in two emergency events.
1. We still haves outages to help maintain ERCOT's electric grid.
2. The ice storm is now causing more outages throughout our service area.
— Austin Energy (@austinenergy) February 17, 2021
Because of the recent ice storm, Austin Energy is advising customers who still have power that this may change. Those customers who have been without power since early Monday morning "should expect outages to continue until the situation improves," according to the utility.
Other electricity companies are also facing widespread blackouts, according to their outage maps. Nearly a third—17,760—of Oncor's Travis County customers are currently impacted. Nearly 4,000 Bluebonnet Electric customers in Travis County, or 14.5% were affected as of Wednesday morning. The outage map for Pedernales Electric Cooperative, which serves customers in Georgetown, Marble Falls and other cities outside of Austin, is currently unavailable.
An increasing number of Austin residents are also facing water outages due to burst pipes. At least 21 broken pipes were reported to Austin Fire by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, in addition to 74 such incidents on Tuesday.
During a press conference late Tuesday afternoon, City Manager Spencer Cronk said there were no current plans to disrupt water service or reports of broken system mains. Although other parts of Texas have issued boil-water notices due to the winter storm, Austin Water has not. "Our treatment plans are working well and we have adequate supply," the utility tweeted Tuesday evening.
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🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway