Northwest Austin family goes over 24 hours without power

The family in northwest Austin has been without power for over 24 hours

A mother and daughter in northwest Austin were without power for over 24 hours, the longest outage they have ever had.

A family in northwest Austin spent about 27 hours without electricity.

Carla Birnberg and her daughter Emma Harrison lost power at around 3 p.m. on Thursday. Your power supply was restored on Friday around 6 p.m. “I’m so grateful,” Birnberg said to FOX 7.

Birnberg says failures are common in the forested Northwest Hills neighborhood, so the two have prepared. They charged their devices in advance. Even so, after 27 hours, her preparation meant little. “There is a limit to what you can really do to prepare when it’s cold,” said Birnberg.

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The outage caused problems when Birnberg tried to work from home. “I’ve had to cancel all of my calls, then it’s the battle of rescheduling, losing money, it’s just going to be a cascade.” Of course there was also the question of morning coffee. “I’ll freely admit that I got up this morning and ran the hot water until it was lukewarm and in some, that’s me, I dumped in some instant coffee tubes,” she laughed.

The Texas road crews continue to monitor driving conditions

The crews have been on duty since Wednesday evening and treat roads before and during this winter weather consultation.

Harrison, a freshman in high school, struggled with her remote working at school. “I can’t contact anyone who tells them I can’t give anything,” she said.

Birnberg and Harrison are not alone. Thousands of Central Texans lost power this week as cool temperatures and storms swept the region. “It’s been so long that I think they forgot us,” Birnberg told FOX 7 Austin on Friday at around 3pm.

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Still, Birnberg said the worst part of the failure was the “confusion”. Birnberg and her neighbors received texts from Austin Energy telling them that their power supply would be restored if this was not the case. At around 3 p.m. on Friday, she received a message asking her to reset her breaker. “It did not work.” She frowned. The power was turned on about three hours later.

FOX 7 Austin has contacted Austin Energy for clarification on the news.

Birnberg remains concerned as conditions are expected to worsen over the next few days. “With the storm coming that hasn’t started, it’s just really annoying. Will it go on?” She asked.

Crews in the greater Austin area are working to restore power and prepare for the cold

Thousands woke up in the dark on Friday morning. The supply teams have worked all day to restore power and continue to prepare for further storms.

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According to the National Weather Service, a winter weather report for central Texas will be issued from Monday, February 13, 6:00 a.m. to Monday, February 15, 6:00 a.m. The residents of the region can now expect stormy, rainy and cold conditions throughout the region.

Temperatures remain nearly constant, with peaks between the lower 30s and the lower 40s. North winds will be gusty at 15 to 25 miles per hour. Some freezing rain can mix with rain, especially in the hill country.

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