May 29, 2024 - News

💡 Thousands of North Texans still without power

A fire truck parked in an intersection while firefighters clean up debris

Garland was among the hardest hit areas in yesterday's storm. Photo: Greg Castillo/Axios

Over half a million North Texans lost power yesterday after strong storms moved through the area in the early morning.

  • With more rain forecast this week, a "significant number" of Oncor customers could be without power for multiple days, per Dallas County.

The big picture: Back-to-back storms over Memorial Day weekend knocked over trees, took out power for hours and damaged homes and fences.

  • Yesterday morning's storms pummeled more properties with hail and strong winds, leaving thousands of homes, businesses and government buildings without power.
  • Many polling sites for the primary runoff election were also without power. Election officials allowed polling sites to stay open two hours longer than planned to accommodate voters affected by the storms.

The latest: Dallas County issued a disaster declaration, saying crews were working "as quickly as they can" to address the damage.

  • More than 290,000 Oncor customers were without power as of this morning.
  • The City of Dallas, where 316 traffic signals were out last night, said the power outages could last several days.
  • The city is asking residents to call 311 to report fallen trees or debris on roads. Homeowners can also stack debris adjacent to the street for pickup.

Meanwhile: Residents in Denton and Cooke counties were still sorting through debris from an EF-2 tornado that touched down Saturday. Seven people were killed and at least 100 people were injured in that storm.

Be smart: NBC5 has these tips for people filing an insurance claim for storm damage.


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