Ice storm leaves hundreds of thousands of Texans without power

Outages are clustered in Central and East Texas, with Dallas-Fort Worth largely spared.

Revised at 9 a.m. Friday to include the latest statistics.

Thousands of Texans are without power Thursday following a ferocious ice storm and three consecutive days of frigid temperatures.

Statewide, nearly 240,000 households were still without electricity Friday morning, down from more than 400,000 the day before, according to, which tracks outages nationwide.

Outages are largely clustered in East and Central Texas.


As of 9 a.m. Friday morning, Oncor’s outage map showed that more than 13,0000 of the electric provider’s customers were without power in Tyler in East Texas. Additionally, about 26,000 customers in areas just north and northeast of Austin, including Round Rock and Georgetown, did not have power as of 7:15 p.m., according to Oncor.

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Austin Energy’s outage map showed that about 122,000 — roughly a quarter — of its customers were without electricity Friday morning.

Austin officials backtracked on early estimates that power would be fully restored by Friday evening, saying the extent of the damage was worse than originally calculated and that they could no longer predict when all the lights may come back on.


“Austin Energy is working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, but challenging conditions may slow down these efforts,” the company said in a statement. “Crews are driving on icy roadways and working with frozen equipment.”

City and energy officials said the extent of the damage was worse than originally thought and they could not predict when power would be restored.

North Texas appeared to escape the worst of the power outages, with only a handful of outages reported by Friday morning.


Dangerous road conditions have slowed down repairs, but emergency crews are responding as quickly and safely as possible, Dunn said.

Both state and energy officials said the outages were caused by falling tree limbs and downed power lines that buckled under ice, not a failure of the grid.

This week’s storm comes almost exactly two years after a February 2021 winter storm crippled the state’s power system, killing more than 240 people and leaving millions without heat.

“The power grid has maintained ample power supply for the entire state the entire time,” Gov. Greg Abbott said on Twitter.