Places to cool off in Austin during power outages this weekend


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Emergency Management announced the opening of cooling centers Sunday as crews work to restore power to customers after storms swept through Central Texas Friday.

The expanded cooling station options come as Austin Energy reported its outages could extend through Monday, citing “extensive damage from the storm.” Austin Energy’s outage map said as of 10:45 p.m. Sunday more than 1,700 customers were without power and 194 outages were still in effect following Friday evening’s severe weather.

Capital Metro provided a bus as an additional cooldown site through 8 p.m. Monday at 1012 W. Anderson Lane.

The South Austin Recreation Center will also serve as a cooling center for residents.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the center is servicing all residents seeking cooler shelter, with pets permitted as well. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 84° Sunday, with a 20% chance of isolated showers.

Austin Energy said at 8 a.m. Sunday that 2,500 customers were without power. A total of 243 outages remained, with 12 equipment repairs required throughout the city.

To report power outages or downed lines throughout the city, call Austin Energy at (512) 322-9100.

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