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AEP Texas Crews Restore Power in West Texas

June 27, 2023
Line crews responded after severe weather left 16,000 customers without power, and a tornado flattened a substation.

AEP Texas crews restored power following the storms that swept through parts of west Texas on the evening of June 21 and the morning of June 22 leaving nearly 17,000 customers without power. After a tornado touched down in the Matador area late Wednesday and destroyed a substation, crews worked together to restore power to the affected area. 

As of June 23, AEP Texas crews restored power to 16,000 of the 17,000 customers left without power by the storms that swept through the Abilene District.  As of 8 p.m. on Friday, 960 customers remained without power: about 480 in Abilene, 200 in Hamlin and 20 in Matador. 

AEP Texas projected that service would be restored to all homes and facilities that could take power by 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.  Extremely dense tree damage slowed anticipated progress, particularly in the Abilene area.  Muddy conditions in other areas hindered access to damaged utility poles and downed power lines.

“Our crews are working as quickly as safely possible and have made significant progress over the past two days,” said AEP Texas Manager of Distribution System Nickie Plaisance.  “We are committed to completion of this restoration effort.  We appreciate the support and patience shown by our customers.”    

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