More Than 196,000 Still Without Power in Texas and Arkansas After Storms

More than 196,000 homes and businesses in Texas and Arkansas were still without power on Thursday after storms battered the region earlier in the week, according to meteorologists and data from

That is down from more than 275,000 outages on Wednesday and a peak of over 939,000 outages in several states from Texas to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Tornado-spawning thunderstorms that swept the Southern Plains and the Ozark Mountains killed at least 21 across four U.S. states over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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Texas power company Oncor, a unit of California-based Sempra Energy, had the most outages with over 148,000 customers without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to

Oncor said it had already restored power to over 480,000 customers and estimated “restoration will be substantially complete by Friday evening, weather permitting.”

“Harder-hit areas are expected to be restored Saturday,” Oncor said in a statement.

Major outages by state:

State Outages
Texas 181,000
Arkansas 15,000
Total Out 196,000

(Reporting by DiSavino, Varghese, Choubey, Mukherjee and Anil; Editing by Sohini Goswami and Bernadette Baum)