UPDATE: Mexia police tell KWTX the outage is the result of an 18-wheeler clipping power lines at the intersection of Ross and Tyler. Officials still estimate anywhere from 8 to 12 hours of work before electric service is restored.

Truck strikes power lines in Mexia, July 20, 2018 - KWTX


Friday didn't start out the way many had hoped in the Mexia area as about 1,200 customers woke up without power. Today will be the 2nd day of an excessive heat warning in Central Texas, and the dangerous heat is a concern for residents without power or air conditioning.

KWTX says Oncor started the morning estimating about 1,200 customers were without power. That number was lowered to about 500 by 6:30 AM. The estimated time to restore power is expected to be around 2 PM Friday.

Temperatures are expected to rise to around 108° F this afternoon as the excessive heat warning will last until at least Sunday evening. Utility companies all over Texas are asking customers to reduce their electricity use during peak hours to avoid further outages around the state today. For tips on reducing your electric use during the extreme heat, click on the button below for advice from Killeen provider Frontier Utilities.

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