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'It's unexpected': Families across the Valley left in the cold due to power outages

2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago Monday, February 15 2021 Feb 15, 2021 February 15, 2021 7:41 PM February 15, 2021 in News - Local

AEP Texas says that about 130,000 customers have been affected by power outages across the state. 

Berie Muñoz and his family are from Edinburg, he says they lost power around 1 a.m. Monday morning. He says the freezing temperatures are unbearable but he and his family are trying to look on the bright side. 

"We experienced it during the hurricane, we went about 36 hours without light," Muñoz said. "If it wasn't for the cold, I mean we'd live with it, but this cold weather is just crazy."

READ ALSO: AEP Texas begins controlled power outages, to continue over next 24 hours

AEP Texas Spokesperson Eladio Jaimez said some of those outages are scheduled, as per order from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

"We cannot tell if an outage is an outage because it's a controlled outage," Jaimez said. "Or there's equipment failure because of the weather."

According to Jaimez AEP is waiting on further instructions from ERCOT before getting to work, until then customers are asked to make necessary preparations and avoid using too much electricity in order to keep the state's electrical grid in check.

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