Storms hit SWEPCO for second holiday in a row

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The Saturday, July 1 thunderstorms kicked off the long holiday weekend by packing winds up to 45 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60 mph, downing power lines and trees across three states.

At the Saturday 4:00 pm peak, more than 41,000 SWEPCO customers were without power: 20,300 in Texas, 15,000 in Louisiana, and some 6,000 in SW Arkansas.

As of 1:00 pm Sunday, July 2, SWEPCO had restored power to more than 39,000 customers since mid-afternoon Saturday. Estimated time of restoration (ETR) for all remaining impacted SWEPCO areas for 95 percent restoration is between 5-10 pm TODAY, Sunday, July 2. A total of 1,750 customers are without power at this time, with 1,400 of those in East Texas. The ETR for Longview, which was the hardest hit city again for second major storm in a row with 16,000 outages, has been moved from 11:59 pm tonight to 10 pm Sunday.