Thousands still without power after tornado strikes Richardson

The traffic signal at South Bowser Road and Centennial Boulevard lays on the street, bent in half from the force of the tornado. Resident Jerry Cern waved to the bent metal while looking at the damage to his neighborhood, saying the bent steel shows how strong this tornado really was.

The traffic signal at South Bowser Road and Centennial Boulevard lays on the street, bent in half from the force of the tornado. Resident Jerry Cern waved to the bent metal while looking at the damage to his neighborhood, saying the bent steel shows how strong this tornado really was.

Oncor is making headway to restore power after a tornado ripped through parts of Dallas and Richardson on Oct. 20.

Electricity has been restored to roughly 80% of more than 150,000 customers affected by the storm, according to Oncor. However, there are still 2,261 customers in Richardson without power, according to a map on the energy provider's website, which showed 63 active outages as of 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 22.

Power should be restored to customers living outside of the tornado's direct path by the evening of Oct. 22, a release from Oncor stated. Homes and businesses within the impact zone and without significant damage should have power by the night of Oct. 23, the release said.

A city spokesperson said Richardson officials are working to assess the damage; however, they are unable to determine at this time how many residents, homes and businesses were impacted by the storm.

Oncor reminds residents to resist removing debris and limbs from areas near downed power lines and to use caution when traveling on roadways.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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