Around 2,500 Oncor customers temporarily lost power during the windstorms Wednesday evening, and there are still several outages scattered throughout the city as Oncor attempts to repair downed power lines.
Oncor Customer Operations Manaager Gus Ortega said, as of around 10 a.m. Thursday, there are around 76 outages scattered around Odessa and not coming from one area in particular. Ortega added that Oncor has had crews working on fixing the outages since Wednesday evening, and the company hopes to have all of the outages fixed by Thursday evening.
City of Odessa Spokeswoman Andrea Goodson said the city experienced eight downed power lines during the storm.
Ortega advised that anyone who sees any wires down in the streets to avoid the area and call 911 as the wires may still be producing electricity.
The Odessa Police Department saw a spike in alarm calls during the weather last night, OPS Spokesman Steve LeSueur said, including responding to several traffic hazards and several intersections which had traffic lights lose power.
“Any time we have lots of windstorms, it’s not uncommon to see an increase in alarm calls,” LeSueur said.
OPD also responded to a number of accidents Wednesday evening, but LeSueur said none of them were anything serious.
The National Weather Service in Midland/Odessa reported a wind speed high of 62 miles per hour Wednesday.
High winds, particularly in warmer areas such as the Permian Basin filled with large amounts of dry grasslands, can increase the probability of fires, NWS Midland/Odessa reported. Goodson said Odessa Fire Rescue responded to two structure fires and eight brush fires Wednesday evening, and added that all fires had been contained and there were no injuries.
NWS Midland/Odessa reported the probability for widespread hazardous weather is low from Friday through Wednesday.