AUSTIN -- Residents in Northwest Austin are once again with power after customers in the Highway 183/Duval Road/Braker Lane area experienced an outage Tuesday afternoon.
The outage happened around 3:45 p.m. Crews restored power to the affected area just before 5:45 p.m. After initially reporting the outage was caused by the opening of a transmission breaker, Austin Energy later said the cause is under investigation.
According to KVUE viewers on our Facebook page, The KVUE Insider, Central Texas residents in South Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Georgetown experienced outages Tuesday afternoon as well.
When asked about the reportedly wide range of the power outages, a spokesperson for ERCOT told KVUE News the state of Texas is currently running normally. According to its website, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas manages scheduling on an electric grid carrying 85 percent of Texas' load. Tuesday's grid conditions are listed on ERCOT's website as "normal."
Power went out earlier Tuesday for more than 1,700 Austin Energy customers in North Austin. According to Austin Energy's power outage map, customers near U.S. 183 and McNeil were affected by that outage. Austin Energy says a substation breaker tripped just after 1 p.m. and was closed before 1:30 p.m.
If you find yourself without power in Austin, you can call (512) 322-9100.