CPS Energy urges customers to be prepared to potentially lose power Thursday night or Friday with the latest weather pattern to hit San Antonio.

According to the National Weather Service, windy conditions are expected to persist through midnight Thursday behind a cold front that will dip temperatures down into the mid-30s. Winds are expected to sustain between 25 and 30 mph with frequent gusts up to 45 mph.

CPS Energy is encouraging customers to be prepared and to take precautions to keep their families and pets safe; as wind gusts could cause power outages and downed power lines.

“Strong winds can cause damage to our electrical infrastructure causing extended outages for our customers,” Rudy Garza, CPS Energy Senior VP of Distribution Services & Operations, said. “We’re prepared and ready to assist customers. We’ll be monitoring the weather and our crews and equipment are ready to respond.”

CPS Energy is offering the following preparation and safety tips:

• Immediately report unsafe situations involving downed power lines by calling 911, and CPS Energy at 210-353-HELP (4357)

• Keep children and pets away from any downed power lines, treat every line on the ground as a live wire.

• Charge cell phones, tablets and laptops ahead of any storm

• Gather essential supplies needed during an outage, including flashlight, batteries, bottled water, medication and a first aid kit.

For additional tips on cold weather safety at home, click here.