As fast as they could work, crews continued to restore power across North Texas on Saturday, dropping the overall number of homes without power to about 70,000, an Oncor spokeswoman said.
About 8,500 homes in Fort Worth remained without power, down from about 45,000 after the storm blew in late Thursday afternoon. In Arlington, about 20,000 people began Saturday without electricity, and about 13,500 of them still didn’t have it by nightfall, officials said. Two major intersections were also still without traffic lights because of the outage, and Arlington police were staffing them.
But the goal was to have almost all service back online by late today.
“We’re hoping to have 95 percent of the outages restored by Sunday evening,” said Jeamy Molina, a spokeswoman for Oncor Electric Delivery Co.
Meanwhile, several restaurants owned by chef Tim Love in the Fort Worth Stockyards that had to close Thursday when part of Stockyards Lodge No. 1244 collapsed nearby were open Saturday, as was the portion of North Main Street that fronts the building.
“We still have a lot of power out in the area,” said Eric Carter, Fort Worth’s emergency management weekend duty officer.
Carter said the city is still in “recovery mode” as the city ensures that power is restored to homes after doing a sweep to make sure police and fire stations and hospitals had all transformer lines up.
“They are cracking the whip,” Carter said.
Juan Ortiz, Fort Worth’s emergency management coordinator, said drivers should be cautious at “dark intersections” — those without yellow or red flashing lights — and treat them as four-way stops.
The city gave Oncor the go-ahead to restore power lines to homes that were affected by the storm instead of making them wait on city inspections.
“They are doing the best they can. This is not a one-day thing. It’s a couple-day thing,” Ortiz said.
The outages are spread over the central part of Fort Worth, to the south, east and west more than the north, Carter said.