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Wednesday evening update: 1,950 still without power in Vernon, restoration expected by Thursday night

AEP Texas crews are continuing restoration efforts in response to a winter storm that began in parts of west Texas on Tuesday.

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday , approximately 9,700 customers remained without power within the Abilene District, as compared to approximately 14,400 at 10:30 this morning. Vernon had 2,200 customers out this moenring and has 1,950 out Wednesday evening. Restoration is not expected 9 p.m. Thursday

“This was one of the worst ice storms in recent history over such a broad area,” said Greg Blair, manager of External Affairs and Customer Service.  “The ice played havoc with many tree branches, which then came into contact with our power lines.  We’re making steady progress and appreciate the continued patience and support from our customers.”

Approximately 380 line mechanics, tree-trimmers, assessors and others are involved in the restoration effort.


Breakdown of Areas with the Most Outages
and Adjusted Preliminary Estimated Restoration Times

(As of 4:30 p.m. 10/28/2020)

Area      Number of Customers Without Power    Estimated Restoration

Childress             5,200                                                1 p.m. on Thursday

Abilene                  870                                                1 p.m. on Thursday

Vernon                1,950                                                9 p.m. on Thursday

Stamford            1,160                                                9 p.m. on Thursday

Hamlin                  210                                                 1 p.m. on Thursday

Cisco                      270                                                 1 p.m. on Thursday

These preliminary estimates may change as restoration efforts continue and are projections for restoration of service to most customers, who can take power. There are a significant number of individual outages that will have to be addressed on a one-to-one basis and will require additional time to restore service.

Customers can track the status of a specific outage in their area by visiting the Outage & Problems section at  The section features an outage map with the most current status projections

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