DALLAS (AP) - Electric linemen are being brought in from
Oklahoma and Houston to help restore power to tens of thousands of
North Texas customers left in the dark by a series of storms.
Damaging wind tore limbs from trees throughout the region,
causing many of the power outages to more than 250,000 homes and
businesses overnight. Dallas-based Oncor Electric Delivery
spokeswoman Jeamy Molina says power had been restored to all but
145,000 Dallas-Fort Worth-area customers by daybreak today.
Oncor senior vice president Charles Jenkins said in an early
morning statement that the company is bringing in 550 contract
linemen, 1,100 extra tree trimmers. It's also borrowing 60 workers
each from Oklahoma Gas & Electric and Houston-based CenterPoint.
The National Weather Service reports as much as six inches of
rain had fallen on Dallas County as of daybreak, with more rain in
Winds estimated up to 70 mph swept the area, causing widespread
damage. The worst appeared to be in the northern suburbs of Dallas
and Fort Worth, where trees and chimneys toppled.