CPS ENERGY STANDS READY TO RESPOND TO FORECASTED SEVERE WEATHER

According to the National Weather Service, severe weather is expected to impact the San Antonio region overnight. Forecasts suggest widespread thunderstorms with gusty winds and heavy rain in the area beginning around 8 p.m. on Tuesday. CPS Energy is actively monitoring weather conditions to ensure adequate staffing is available should the storm result in power outages within their service territory.  The utility has already started preparations by ensuring supplies, resources and equipment are ready to respond quickly and safely.  

This storm is expected to produce lightning, which can strike transformers, utility poles, power lines and other equipment, possibly resulting in a power outage.  Strong winds can cause tree limbs to contact power lines or result in power lines swaying into each other, also provoking outages.  Winds can also limit the use of bucket trucks to reach high lines. If winds are above 30 mph, safety protocol requires linemen to climb poles to make repairs, which could slow restoration efforts.

Watch this video to learn how CPS Energy’s Energy Management Center prepares for power outages.

CPS Energy is asking customers to be prepared for these types of severe thunderstorms by following these tips:

  • Report your outage online with your smartphone or tablet or by calling (210) 353-HELP (4357). 
  • Be prepared. Keep all mobile devices, flashlights, batteries and other important items available for an unexpected power outage. 
  • Stay informed. Check out the new outage map and refresh for current outage updates. Also, follow our Facebook and Twitter sites for status updates. If possible, seek local TV or radio station weather reports. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to CPS Energy. Do NOT attempt to move or drive over the lines. Even in an outage, power lines can carry an electric current strong enough to cause injury.  
  • In the event of a power outage keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible. Refrigerated food should be safe for up to 4 hours.
  • Discard any perishable foods that have been above 40°F for more than 2 hours. Visit the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website to learn how to keep food safe at fda.gov.
  • If your neighbors have power and you do not, check your breakers. 
    • Tripped breakers account for about 20% of service calls.

The utility reminds drivers about a new law that went into effect on September 1, 2019. The law requires motorist to Move Over or Slow Down for stopped utility vehicles on the side of the road.

For additional safety tips, please visit their website.

John Moreno

John is part of the Corporate Communications team at CPS Energy.

John Moreno

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