Photo by Jim Rain.

After severe storms and hurricane force winds battered North Texas early Tuesday morning, thousands of Lake Highlands area residents remain affected by outages.

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As of 3:23 p.m. today, 12,221 Oncor customers in the 75238, 75234 and 75231 zip codes remain affected by more than 570 outages, according to the Oncor outage map. 

However, it is worth noting that Oncor services over 60,000 customers in these zip codes, showing substantial progress since Tuesday morning as the company’s website touts restoration of service to over 340,000 customers in 24 hours.

Oncor currently estimates restoration to be “substantially complete” by Friday morning, with harder hit areas expected to be reached on Saturday.

RISD announced sports camps cancellations for Tuesday and Wednesday on the District’s X account.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a declaration of emergency shortly before noon Tuesday, warning of a “broken lines problem” caused by “straight-line winds”. Jenkins said that a “multi day power outage situation” is expected at a joint press conference held with Oncor official Grant Cruise.

Jenkins encouraged residents to report any outages to Oncor. You can report an outage by texting OUT to 66267, using the MyOncor app, clicking “Report an Outage” on the outage map, or calling 888-313-4747.

The recent rash of severe weather may remind some neighbors of the 2019 summer storms which rocked the area.

The City of Dallas’ Office of Emergency Management has set up multiple “respite centers” where residents affected by outages can seek air conditioning and shelter. The Audelia Road Branch Library is designated as a center and will be open:

Wed. 5/29: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thurs. 5/30: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fri. 5/31: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sat. 6/1: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sun. 6/2: CLOSED