AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Energy has issued a warning to city residents ahead of potential thunderstorms on Sunday evening.
It comes just two weeks after large parts of the city were plunged into darkness amid a historic winter storm, with many residents losing power for multiple days.
Austin Energy says it has crews on standby in the event of outages related to the new storms rolling in Sunday.
The company said that windy, stormy weather can cause tree limbs to break and hit power lines, causing power outages.
While crews are ready to respond and may be out working related to any outages that may occur, Austin Energy says that hazards such as the weather may slow the restoration process.
People can view known outages in the city using this map. If the power goes out in your home, you can call Austin Energy to report it at 512 322-9100.
In the meantime, Austin Energy says people should take the following steps to be prepared:
- Keep cellphones charged and backup chargers fully charged.
- If working or learning at home, save your work periodically and make sure your devices are on power strips. Using a power strip helps protect electronic devices in case of a power outage. Consider using external power sources for your electronics.
- Assemble a storm preparation kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, snacks, water, and other necessities. Make sure everyone in your home knows where to find it.
- If you experience a power outage, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed, if possible. Food will stay good up to four hours.
- Do not drive over or go near a downed power line, it could be energized. Call 512-322-9100 if you see a downed line to report it. If the line is sparking, call 911.
- If you see limbs on wires or see downed tree limbs, please call 512-322-9100 to report them.