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Denton keeps the power on during severe storm


From the April 14, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 14, 2014

By Fallon Forbush
Communications Assistant
Twitter user Randy Skoog, @rmskoog,tweeted this photo on April 3: "Got up to baseball-size hail in Denton ... Lots of broken car windows and power outages." Photo credit: Randy Skoog

Denton Municipal Electric crews braved hail and 82 mile-per-hour wind gusts the night of April 3 to restore power to businesses and residents in Denton, Texas. Starting at 6 p.m., crews responded to 27 different outages affecting a total of 3,385 customers. Electricity had been restored to all customers by 1:37 a.m. on April 4.

Most of the utility's customers — 92 percent — did not lose power during the storm, the utility said.

According to the National Weather Service, three confirmed tornadoes struck Collin, Hunt, and Hopkins counties in Texas as severe thunderstorms moved across the Midwest and South. No tornadoes touched down in Denton County. 

Several funnel clouds were reported, which triggered a tornado warning to be issued for the area. Denton also experienced significant damage from the large hail, which in some cases was as big as baseballs and even as big as softballs, the National Weather Service reported.

"We are lucky to have courageous professionals in Denton who know how to quickly and safely get the power back on," said DME General Manager Phil Williams. 

Denton Municipal Electric has reduced outages by 59 percent in the past five years, said Brian Daskam, DME spokesperson. 

The utility credits its tree-trimming program for the outage reduction, as well as the fact that more than 50 percent of its distribution lines are underground and therefore less susceptible to weather events, said Williams.

 

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