CPS Energy: Power may not be restored until Saturday morning

Equipment damaged by overnight lightning strikes

By Nicole Perez - Executive Producer

SAN ANTONIO - Homes and businesses left in the dark by early Friday morning storms won't like the latest update from CPS Energy.

Power may not be fully restored until Saturday morning.

At 9 p.m. Friday, CPS Energy's website reported 218 outages affecting 2,733 customers.

The company said it has to replace equipment that was damaged by lightning. While 150 CPS Energy crews and 60 contractors were working to restore power, it was a slow process getting "an average of 50 to 200 customers at a time."

"This much damage from lighting strikes is relatively rare," said Richard Medina, the utility's senior director of system planning & technical services, "and it's meant really slow going getting damaged equipment replaced, while also maintaining our high safety standards."

CPS Energy posted this picture on its blog to show the lightning strikes during Friday morning's storms.

Click here to see CPS Energy's power outage map.

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