A Dallas tornado left behind a path of destruction in its wake, including numerous power outages in the region. At one point, as many as 100,000 people were without power in the regions affected by the tornado, due to significant damage to power lines from the storm. Here’s a look at maps of the power outages left behind from the storm and when the power might be back on in DFW regions.
Interactive Maps Show When Power Might Be Restored in Parts of DFW
This first map is provided by Oncor. It shows regions in the Dallas area with power outages. If you click on any of the numbers on the map, it will give approximate times for power restorations if those are known. You can click on any of the areas below or scroll in to view an outage map more closely. You can view the full interactive map here, with details on when power will be restored.
To check the outage status in your area, click here and provide your ESI ID.
To find who to call to report a power outage in your area, you can see TXU’s page here. Oncor’s number is 888-313-4747.
Another map of outages in the area is available from PowerOutage.us. This tracks 10 million customers and shows a total of almost 127,000 outages throughout the state. Many of these are centered in the area near where the tornado hit.
According to this map, the largest power outage at this time is with Oncor and more than 100,000 without power. You can see the full map here.
Oncor reported the morning after the tornado:
Due to storms across Texas, specifically east of I-35, Oncor has experienced significant damage to power lines. Please stay away from downed power lines, keep traffic away from impacted areas, and report it as soon as possible by contacting 911. Currently there is not an estimated time of restoration, however we are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.”
The tornado touched down near 635 and Skillman in Dallas around 9:30 p.m., Fox 4 reported. Two supercells capable of producing tornadoes were reported in the Dallas area around that time, ABC 57 reported.
The National Weather Service noted around that time: “At 9:26 PM CDT, a confirmed large tornado was located over Richardson, moving northeast at 25 mph. This tornado has produced damage on I-635. This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. TAKE COVER NOW!”
Photos and videos showed a frightening looking tornado in the region.
The tornado loomed large in the background of some photos and videos shared by people in the region.
The tornado left extensive damage in its wake, including power outages across the city.
A tornado watch is in effect until 2 a.m. for some locations in the region.
The damage was miles long, Dallas News reported.
There were no serious injuries or fatalities, The New York Times reported. Lightning was frequent and hail was golf-ball-sized in some areas.
Residents in areas with damage were asked to stay inside because of downed power lines and debris nearby. But if they suspect a natural gas leak, which has happened in some areas, they should get a safe distance away and call 911.
One report indicated that the tornado that was near Love Field might have been on the ground for as long as 17 miles, NBC News reported.