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Angela Washeck – Guest Contributor
Dec 6 2013
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Image courtesy of Oncor's live Storm Center.

The winter storm that blew through the Metroplex late Thursday night into Friday morning left around 240,000 people without power, according to Oncor. The largest numbers of outages are concentrated in Dallas and Collin Counties, they said.

Still, significant numbers in Tarrant, Denton, Ellis and Kaufman counties do not have power.

As freezing rain turned to ice overnight and accumulated on tree limbs and leaves, some limbs fell into power lines, affecting service. Additionally, vehicle accidents which involved cars hitting street poles connected to power lines caused problems.

Oncor COO Jim Greer said there were more than 2,500 Oncor employees responding to power outages Friday.

"Crews from utilities as far away as Florida are responding in north Texas to assist with power restoration to Oncor customers," Greer said.

Though the majority of the freezing rain is behind us, temperatures won't get above freezing in most of Dallas-Fort Worth Friday night, which means that ice accumulation will just freeze again, leading to the possibility of more power outages.

For 24/7 power outage information, follow live updates from the Oncor Storm Center here: http://stormcenter.oncor.com and to report a power outage in your area, click here. You can also text "REG" or "OUT" to 66267, or call Oncor's outage hotline at 888-313-4747.

Angela is an Aggie grad, thrilled to be working for BubbleLife covering the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands and several other neighborhoods in the area. When she's not writing and reporting for BubbleLife, she contributes to TexasMonthly.com, MediaBistro.com, drinks lots of coffee, reads, and goes to concerts in Dallas. Angela has worked for CBS alum and legendary newsman Dan Rather, lived and worked in New York City, Austin, and Dallas, all before the age of 22. - Contact Angela at