Freezing rain causes power outages across South Plains

Published: Jan. 2, 2015 at 8:36 PM CST|Updated: Jul. 3, 2015 at 7:37 PM CDT
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GAINES COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - A widespread, prolonged period of freezing rain has caused power outages across portions of the KCBD Viewing Area.

By mid-afternoon, over 300 feet of power line had been downed by ice in Gaines County, near Seagraves. Further east, power lines were reported down in portions of Dawson and Dickens Counties, causing power outages in the community of Spur.

Areas of heavy freezing rain will continue through early Friday evening, creating a build-up of ice on elevated surfaces, such as trees and power lines. Many of these objects cannot support the added weight of ice and will fail.

While widespread power outages have not been reported in Lubbock, freezing rain continues to fall and accumulate on trees and power lines. It is possible that tree branches could break, leading to localized outages across Lubbock County on Friday evening.

Remember, do not attempt to clear downed power lines yourself; you could be electrocuted. If you encounter downed power lines, or tree debris blocking a roadway, call 911.

Garza County officials say if you lose electricity and need a warm place to stay, the Community Center east side doors are open, the United Methodist Church is open and the First Baptist Church is also open for warming stations.

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