Over 225,000 without power in Texas after ice storms


Nov 20 (Reuters) - Over 225,000 homes and businesses in the

Texas and other U.S. South Central states had no electricity

Friday morning following severe ice storms starting Thursday

night, according to local power companies.

Oncor, the biggest power distributor in Texas, was the

hardest hit utility with almost 200,000 customers without power.

Oncor is a unit of privately-held power holding company Energy

Future Holdings.

Other hard hit states include Arkansas and Louisiana.

In addition, outages are increasing in the Midwest and Mid

Atlantic states as the storm system moves from Texas toward New


The following table lists other major outages:

Power Company State Out Now

Oncor TX 197,700

AEP - Swepco TX, AR, LA 11,100

Entergy AR 9,300

AEP - Appalachian WV, VA 4,000

AEP OK 2,600

Entergy LA 2,100

AEP OH, WV 1,000

Total 227,800

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