Wind, ice trigger power outages across Crossroads

Jan. 24, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated Jan. 23, 2014 at 7:24 p.m.

Holding her 20-month-old daughter in her arms, Brandy Stansbury sat on the couch and watched Friday's predawn weather report.

Stansbury's husband, Adam, had driven to work a few hours earlier to avoid icy roads in the imminent South Texas freeze.

And while she chatted on the phone with her mother about the wintry storm, Stansbury's electricity - and TV - shut off.

"About 10 seconds later, my mom's electricity went down, too," she said.

It would take about seven hours for the power to be restored, and she and baby Arabella spent the afternoon in candlelight, reading books and watching "Beauty and the Beast" on a portable DVD player.

"I was a little worried at first that I wouldn't be able feed my daughter since I couldn't heat anything up," she said. "But my mother came over this afternoon and brought us McDonald's. We made a fun day of it."

Stansbury was one of several hundred in the Crossroads who lost power Friday.

In Kenedy, 675 customers had service interrupted at 4:09 a.m., when overhead electric wires broke and fell because of the ice and wind. By switching around and isolating the fault area, 350 of those customers were returned to service by 5:05 a.m., said Elgin Janssen of American Electric Power.

Power restoration to all remaining customers was made by 6:15 a.m. Friday.

At 4:20 a.m. Friday, 1,033 customers in Goliad were affected when overhead wires fell because of breaking tree limbs coated in ice.

Of those customers, 260 were returned to service within 30 minutes again by switching around the problem location, Janssen explained. The remaining customers had their power restored by 9 a.m.

An outage was reported at 5:10 a.m. Friday in Victoria, affecting 750 customers south and west of Victoria along South Moody Street to Quail Creek. Power to those customers returned about 8 a.m.

Another outage was reported in Victoria about 8:30 a.m. around downtown, affecting 440 customers, including the Victoria County Sheriff's Office. Janssen said power was restored about 1:15 p.m.

There was also an outage in the Northcrest area of Victoria, affecting Vickers Elementary School. The first calls on this outage began about 7:30 a.m. Friday, Janssen said, and power was restored by about 9:30 a.m.

Other outages were reported in Edna and Yorktown for about 1,860 customers.

Janssen said all Crossroads outages were expected to be resolved by 9 p.m. Friday.

No winter-related power outages are expected over the weekend.



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