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Thousands of Austin residents suffer power outages during spring heat wave

Thousands of Austin residents suffer power outages during spring heat wave

thousands of Austin The population was left without Energy For several hours over the weekend during a mid-spring heat wave in the latest sign that Texas Capital is struggling to keep up with the growing population.

Temperatures closed at 100 degrees Saturday and Sunday in central Texas, forcing Austin Energy to cut power to about 3,600 customers due to increased demand.

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“These actions were not a result [Electric Reliability Council of Texas] authorization, but instead were necessary to safely operate the Austin Energy distribution system, “Austin Energy KVUE . said In a statement, noting that the outage was to relieve the overload of circuits in the region.

“Austin Energy restored service to affected customers until early evening and all services were back online at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday.”

The Texas capital is the fourth fastest growing metro area in America. (iStock / iStock)

The Texas capital has seen no shortage of growing pains as it deals with the booming population that has become fourth fastest The metro area in America is growing, according to Census Bureau numbers.

In February, the city released 2nd Water Boiling Notice Within a year after the Ulrich water treatment plant encountered “a problem with the internal treatment process which resulted in high turbidity”.

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In March, Austin Bergstrom International Airport Send a fuel shortage alert They asked incoming flights to land more fuel than usual in case they did not have enough supplies to refuel.

“This is becoming a more regular event as the airport sees increased flight activity,” ABIA spokesperson Sam Hines told Fox Business at the time.