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Ice forming on trees could cause power outages

It's a matter of WHEN, not IF the trees will fall, says CPS Energy.

SAN ANTONIO — It is still raining here in northern Bexar County and this has been the case for several hours now on Wednesday morning.

Ice is being seen on trees and cars.

When that ice forms on trees and power lines, the branches get heavy and can fall or snap.

Electric companies in our area say it’s a matter of WHEN not IF trees fall on power lines, causing outages.

RELATED: CPS Energy reporting power outages in our area

As of 6:30 a.m., there are 100 outages affecting more than 37,000 customers.

CPS Energy says crews are working across our service area to resolve weather-related outages with many to have been caused by ice accumulation on trees & power lines.

Officials say please DO NOT go near a downed power line and report the line to (210) 353-HELP(4357).

Boerne is also reporting outages from a downed tree on a power line. They are working to restore that electricity.

Governor Abbott saying in a press conference the power grid is working effectively and they’re not anticipating any challenges to the power grid.

One of the reasons for that is it’s not going to get cold enough and while they say the power grid isn’t a big concern, our roads are.

TXDOT crews have been working overnight to get the roads ready by barricading roads and dropping brine.

They are even getting crews from Pharr, Texas to help with bridges and overpasses.

TXDOT asks that if you don’t have to travel, stay home.

Out near I-10 and Loop 1604, crews have been treating the roads and while the rain is coming down, it’s keeping the roads warmer.

Officials ask that you continue to use caution because the roads are slick, and once the rain stops, it could get icy.

For more information on road conditions, visit drivetexas.org.


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