Lightning + Wind = Review Power Outage Plans
Spring in Texas usually means thunderstorms, which typically deliver lightning and high winds.
Weather can cause outages year-round, but lightning and wind are common in spring and are unfriendly to utility equipment. Texas-New Mexico Power urges customers to review power outage plans along with tornado or tropical storm plans.
"We appreciate the frustration customers feel when power is out," TNMP President Neal Walker says. "Our crews prepare ahead of time when storms are expected and respond accordingly."
- Crews use a triage approach to restore power.
- Storm-caused outages can be lengthy, depending on amount of damage and other considerations.
- Power is restored as quickly as safety allows.
- Customers may never see our trucks, but crews will be working where restoration activities are needed.
Recommendations for families
- Powered medical equipment users: Confirm backup plans in advance.
- Parents: Discuss with children in advance what power outages are (and aren’t), particularly after dark.
TNMP is a transmission and distribution service provider that delivers power to more than 260,000 homes and businesses on behalf of retail electric providers in Texas. More information is available at tnmp.com/about-us.