SWEPCO Storm Update: Wednesday, May 31 – 3 p.m.

As of 3 pm today, SWEPCO has restored power to approximately 88,000 customers, or about 85 percent of the 103,000 customers who lost power during Sunday’s storm. Approximately 15,000 customers remain without power.

Sunday night’s storm packed winds of up to 60 miles per hour and downed power lines and trees across SWEPCO’s East Texas and Louisiana service territory. Two EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed in the Longview area. Almost 800 men and women, including 501 line and 287 tree personnel, are working to restore power to SWEPCO customers. (This is a corrected total from a previous report.)

After restoring the main circuits from substations, crews are continuing work on the distribution lines along streets, in neighborhoods, alleys and backyards, where we see major damage on poles, wires, cross arms and transformers. Thank for your continued patience as we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

The estimated restoration times below tell when we expect to have power restored to 95 percent of customers in an area. Your power may be restored prior to our estimate.

Outages and Estimated Restoration Times (for 95 percent of customers who can take power):

LONGVIEW DISTRICT (9,529, down from peak of 62,000)
Carthage area – 317 – Wednesday at 10 pm
Gladewater area – 190 – Wednesday at 5 pm
Longview area – 8,889 – Friday at 5 pm

VALLEY DISTRICT (5,464, down from peak of 24,000)
Logansport area – 171 – Wednesday at noon
Mansfield area – 2,579 – Thursday at 5 pm
Natchitoches area – 2,711 – Thursday at 5 pm

Sign up for SWEPCO Alerts to get personalized email or text message updates about an outage at your home or business. Enroll at SWEPCO.com/Alerts.

Please note: The outage map at SWEPCO.com/OutageMap is not showing all known outages. We apologize for the inconvenience.

DOWNED LINES – Never touch a downed utility wire, no matter how harmless it looks. It can be difficult to distinguish between a power line and a cable or telephone line. All downed lines should be considered energized and dangerous. And don’t touch anything in contact with the line, such as trees, fences or puddles of water, since they can conduct electricity. Keep children and pets away from this potential hazard. Call SWEPCO to report any downed lines or equipment.

PORTABLE GENERATOR SAFETY – IF you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators “backfeed” electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.

WEATHERHEAD DAMAGE – If the weatherhead or meter base at your home or business has been damaged or pulled away from the structure, you will need to have it repaired by a licensed electrician before SWEPCO can safely reconnect service. Once the repair is made, please contact SWEPCO so your service can be reconnected.

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