Factbox-Over 939,000 customers without power in Texas, other states from storms


(Reuters) – Over 939,000 homes and businesses in Texas, Kentucky and other states were without power on Tuesday as storms continued to batter the region since the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to meteorologists and data from PowerOutage.us.

That is up from around 754,000 customer outages earlier on Tuesday.

Tornado-spawning thunderstorms that swept the Southern Plains and the Ozark Mountains killed at least 21 people across four U.S. states over the long Memorial Day weekend.

Texas power company Oncor, a unit of California-based energy company Sempra Energy, has the most outages with over 591,000 customers without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to PowerOutage.us.

Oncor said it was “currently monitoring and responding to outages caused by thunderstorms producing large hail and wind gusts up 80 miles per hour (129-kilometers per hour) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and surrounding areas.”

With the storms still battering the region, Oncor said it was not yet able to estimate restoration times for many customers.

Major outages by state:

State Outages

Texas 800,000

Kentucky 66,000

Arkansas 38,000

West Virginia 18,000

Missouri 17,000

Total Out 939,000

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino, editing by Ed Osmond and Aurora Ellis)

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