AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Energy is warning city residents of possible thunderstorms on Sunday night.
It only takes two weeks for large parts of the city to be plunged into darkness amid a historic winter storm and for many residents to lose power for several days.
Austin Energy says crews will be on standby in the event of outages related to the new storms on Sunday.
The company said windy, stormy weather can cause branches to break and hit power lines, which can lead to power outages.
While crews are ready to respond and potentially work in connection with any outages that may occur, Austin Energy says hazards such as weather can slow the recovery process.
Known failures in the city can be displayed with this map. If your home has a power failure, you can call Austin Energy to report it at 512 322-9100.
In the meantime, Austin Energy says people should take the following steps to be prepared:
- Keep cell phones and backup chargers fully charged.
- If you work or study at home, save your work regularly and make sure your devices are in power strips. Using a power strip protects electronic devices in the event of a power failure. Consider using external power sources for your electronics.
- Put together a storm prep kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, snacks, water, and other necessities. Make sure everyone in your house knows where to find it.
- If you experience a power outage, keep the fridge and freezer doors closed whenever possible. The food stays good for up to four hours.
- Do not drive over or approach a failed power line. She could be under tension. Call 512-322-9100 if you see a line down to report. If the line is sparkling, call 911.
- If you see knots on wires or rundown branches please call 512-322-9100 to report them.