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Power lost in parts of Victoria, Colorado, Wharton, Matagorda counties

By Carolina Astrain
March 4, 2014 at 9 a.m.
Updated March 3, 2014 at 9:04 p.m.

American Electric Power customers in Victoria, Colorado, Wharton and Matagorda counties experienced power outages Tuesday morning.

Elgin Janssen, AEP spokesman, said the majority of outages were related to tree limbs collapsing onto power lines because of the inclement weather.

In Victoria about 4:15 a.m. along Miori Lane, the first call was made about an outage that affected 134 customers, Janssen said.

There was another outage in Victoria County along U.S. Highway 59 near the Victoria Regional Airport, which affected about 96 customers about 6:50 a.m., and other outages in Columbus, El Campo and Ganado, Janssen said.

Voting at the Placedo Volunteer Fire Department had to be moved to the Bloomington Fire Department when the power went out there as well.

All outages were restored by sundown Tuesday with the majority of outages in Victoria cleared before 2:30 p.m., Janssen said.

"Defer use of large appliances like dryers, ranges and even hot water," Janssen suggested to customers hoping to avoid outages. "Especially when temperatures are in the 30s like this, people are trying to maintain a 40-degree differential, which causes quite a demand for electric power."

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