Residents asked to conserve water
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The needle on an outdoor thermometer is pointed right at 26 degrees at about 8:30 Friday morning. The lens on the divider is glazed with a layer of ice.
The needle on an outdoor thermometer is pointed right at 26 degrees at about 8:30 Friday morning. The lens on the divider is glazed with a layer of ice.
Updated at 10:36 a.m.

BEEVILLE – Jones High School students will be released at 10 a.m. today because of the power outage.

The following information was received from AEP.

As of 9:30 a.m. this morning, approximately 20,650 customers throughout AEP Texas’ 97,000-square-mile service area in south and west Texas are without power due to the cold front that swept through the area Thursday night.

“Damage to our electrical system appears to be minimal, and this will help us restore power more quickly throughout the day,” said Bruce Evans, AEP Texas vice president of electric distribution. “We realize customers are greatly inconvenienced by these outages, but we are working as quickly as possible to restore power.”

Evans said additional crews have been brought into the Victoria area to help with power restoration. In other areas, there are sufficient crews and contract crews in place to handle the situation.

Some of the areas this morning with the largest outages numbers include:

• Weslaco - Service to some 5,000 customers have been restored and 3,418 customers remain out due to a transmission outage. Service restoration to 2,500 customers on the east side of Weslaco, including Knapp Surgical Center and South Texas ISD is anticipated later this morning, if not sooner, as a result of circuit rerouting. AEP Texas continues to identify other circuits that can be used to restore power to other customers without power due to the transmission outage at the Westmer Substation. In the meantime, crews work to correct the Westmer Substation transmission outage and expect those activities to be completed by late this afternoon, if not sooner.

• Port Isabel – 5,085 customers out. No estimated time of restoration.

• In Bishop – 1,472 customers. Restoration time is estimated to be 1 p.m.

• In Beevile, 1,833 customers are without power and crews are patrolling the lines to determine the cause. No restoration time is currently available.

• North Padre Island – 2,659. Of that total 719 have been restored and crews are working to get the remaining customers back in service.

As temperature climb throughout the day, AEP Texas expects to make considerable progress in restoring power. Its focus will remain on the Valley where electric demand will be high.

BEEVILLE – The City of Beeville is asking residents to conserve water due to power outages in the northern part of the city and county.

City police officers were reporting several power outages, including A.C. Jones High School and a few businesses and neighborhoods Friday morning.

The community was hit hardest in the north end. That included the campus of Coastal Bend College.

Pettus ISD canceled school classes on Friday morning.

Likewise, all of the college’s campuses are closed. Their website is also down because of the power outage.

Beeville ISD delayed the start of school for an hour, until 9 a.m. Friday. The high school though, will close at 10 a.m. due to the power outage

American Electric Power was reporting about 700 customers were without electricity early on Friday morning.

By 8 a.m. that number had risen to more than 1,400.

Also, traffic signals were being reported out, including all the major intersections along U.S. Highway 181 Business in the north end of the city.

Texas Department of Transportation officials had been warning of possible ice on highway bridges since Thursday night. And Bee County officials took advantage of the Blackboard Connect network to notify all county residents of possible hazardous driving conditions.

Residents were told that the Emergency Operations Center at the county’s Justice Building was partially manned beginning in the early morning hours.

See more on this story in today’s edition of the Bee-Picayune.
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