SAN ANTONIO — A winter storm dumped several inches of snow on San Antonio and the surrounding area on Monday, leaving tens of thousands without power.
That figure at one point topped out at about 345,000 on Wednesday, but has since plummeted as CPS Energy restored power to the majority of the city, no more burdened by having to help restore the state's power grid. On Friday morning, fewer than 300 CPS Energy customers were still without power.
Power was rapidly restored for customers late Wednesday night through to early Thursday morning. A breakdown of the timeline is below:
On Thursday morning, the numbers were even lower. At 7:30 a.m., around 8,000 were without power; 24 hours earlier, the number was about 270,000.
CPS Energy tweeted Thursday morning that due to the need to repair failed equipment, some outages may take until Monday to full restore.
The number can still rebound in order to meet the energy demands from across the state, and city officials said Wednesday night that it may not be until Saturday when power is "fully restored" for most CPS Energy customers. CPS Energy officials are continuing to ask those with power to conserve as much as they can:
- Keeping heat sources three feet away.
- Plugging space heaters into a wall outlet.
- Refraining from heating your home using an oven.
- Using generators outside.
- Cleaning fireplaces before use.